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Pumpkins. And zombies. Underwater.
Join Blue Planet for a weekend of Halloween fun at Dutch Springs! In addition to our regular classes, we’ll be running a couple of new specialties in honor of the season.
- Open Water Diver
- Advanced Open Water Diver
- Open Water + Advanced Open Water (stay and dive all 3 days!)
- Underwater Pumpkin Carving
- Zombie Apocalypse Diver
- plus other specialties
Contact the shop to sign up!
We are excited to announce we are partnering with NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to offer a program just for young divers between the ages of 8 and 12. The Ocean Guardian Dive Club is designed to educate youth about the marine environment and ocean conservation while practicing and improving their scuba skills.
Blue Planet is proud to be one of the first pilot shops in the country introducing this program to our divers. Over several Sundays in November and December, students will take part in classroom activities and pool sessions to learn about issues facing our national marine sanctuaries and basic science diving concepts while putting that knowledge into practice underwater. We will also complete a Stewardship Project to help create a positive environmental change here in DC.
– Minimum age: 8 years old
– PADI Seal Team or Junior Open Water Diver certification
– Mask, fins, snorkel
– Bathing suit
– $200 for the whole program (4 3-hour classes at $50/class)
– Includes materials, use of scuba equipment and instruction
There are 4 separate classes to complete all of the modules for the Dive Club. Each class will meet at the pool from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.
– Sunday, November 12: Ocean Guardian Diver (required)
– Sunday, November 19: Florida Keys/Marine Debris
– Sunday, December 3: Flower Garden Banks/Lionfish
– Sunday, December 10: Hawaiian Island/Humpback Whales
– Sunday, December 16 (Make-up session)
– TBD: Stewardship Project
Seal Team Classes
Choose one of the following weekends if your future diver is not already certified as a PADI Seal Team or Junior Open Water Diver.
– Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15 from 12:00-3:00 PM both days
– Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5 from 12:00-3:00 PM both days
There are only limited spaces available, so please don’t wait to reserve a spot for your young diver! Call or email the shop today.
For a limited time, receive a free Suunto SK-8 compass with the purchase of a Zoop Novo wrist, D4i Novo wrist or a Zoop Novo Combo.
Offer is valid beginning October 1st, 2017 through December 31st, 2017. Stop by the shop for yours today!
Summer’s almost over. Get outside and enjoy the last of the warm weather with your dive buddies at a local tiki bar! The folks at Archipelago are also helping raise funds for Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Be sure to ask for the Wallbanger.
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Archipelago (1201 U Street NW, WDC 20009)
Are you passionate about protecting the underwater world? Learn how you can help make a difference on your dives and topside while reaching the pinnacle of recreational scuba diving by earning the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification — with a conservation focus. We’re excited to unveil Blue Planet’s new ECO Master Scuba Diver package in this month’s seminar! (Photo courtesy of Patti Kirk Gross)
When: Tuesday, September 26; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
We’re trying again! Our August happy hour will be at the local Spanish watering hole ANXO! Come join us as we drink refreshing cider and to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and talk about upcoming or recent diving adventures!
When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: ANXO (Truxton Circle 300 Florida Ave NW)
Thinking about buying a regulator, BCD or computer but you’re not sure where to start? Octo vs. safe second, back-inflate vs. jacket, wrist vs. console…there are so many options now! Whether you’re picking out your first set-up or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features and the latest advancements for these essential pieces of equipment.
When: Wednesday, August 16; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
Are you ready for you next dive adventure?
• C-card and logbook? — Check!
• Mask, fins, snorkel? — Check!
• Save-a-dive kit? — Say what???
Being prepared isn’t just for scouts. At this Blue Planet seminar, hear from our instructors about the tools and training they never leave home without in order to make sure their next dive goes off without a hitch. Whether you’re headed to a far-flung destination or diving at a local scuba park, you’ll learn what you need to make sure you’re not left on dry land due to the unexpected! RSVP below.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 26; 7:00 PM
WHERE: Blue Planet shop
Dive Against Debris + Ladies’ Day Out in Annapolis
Although pretty much every day is Women’s Dive Day here at Blue Planet, we’re joining divers all over the world to celebrate women in diving! This year we’re hosting a Dive Against Debris followed by a day touring around beautiful Annapolis.
Dive Against Debris
Join us early Saturday morning at Sandy Point State Park for a Dive Against Debris. You can earn a PADI Specialty while helping keep the Chesapeake Bay clean. Please register in advance so we can share the appropriate information with you.
Ladies’ Day out in Annapolis
Once we’re done with the cleanup, we will head into Annapolis for brunch and tour around the city. Details coming soon!
Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!
May 23 is World Turtle Day! And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to get together with our dive buddies and raise a glass. And some money! Join us for happy hour at Buffalo Billiards and make a donation to a nonprofit protecting turtles (some of our favorite critters, for obvious reasons…have you seen our logo??).
We’ll be raffling off a SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo set which includes a camera,underwater housing, strobe, video light and tray. And don’t forget to wear your favorite turtle-themed clothing or accessories!
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036)