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Save on the Suunto Zoop Novo

One of Suunto’s most popular dive computers is on sale! The Zoop Novo is easy to use, nitrox-capable and perfect for the new diver or the experienced diver looking for a dependable, affordable back up computer.

Now through May 15, 2018 (or while supplies last), you can save $30 on the Zoop Novo! Don’t miss this great deal on an excellent dive computer!

Special price on Suunto Zoop Novo



Categories: Gear Specials, News

Happy Hour: Wunder Garten - May 15, 2018

Spring weather is finally here! Join Blue Planet divers at Wunder Garten, a beer garden right in the heart of NoMa. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great beer, food and lawn games. Plus it’s dog-friendly!

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 starting at 5:30 PM

Where: Wunder Garten; 1101 1st Street NE (at the corner of L Street NE), Washington, DC 20002. Only one block away from the NOMA Gallaudet U Metro Stop (Red Line).

RSVP on Facebook or via email.



Categories: Events, News

Seminar: Regs, BCDs and computers...oh my! - May 22, 2018

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: Tuesday, May 22; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email



Categories: Events, Gear Reviews, Gear Specials, News

"Blue" dive gear for Earth Day

It’s almost Earth Day! Which scuba manufacturers are doing their best to protect our ocean planet?

One of the ways Blue Planet incorporates conservation into our mission is to consciously support companies that are trying their best too. See below for some that we have featured:

4Ocean bracelets4Ocean

It’s not pretty, but somebody’s got to do it! The women and men at 4Ocean are cleaning the coasts and oceans of all sorts of debris every day. The most prevalent trash? All sorts of single-use plastics that we consume at a rapid rate! Since plastic will never naturally degrade in our ecosystems (just break down into smaller and smaller pieces), it is extremely important to remove larger pieces before they get too small to be seen.

What: Some of the material that is collected by 4Ocean gets turned into cool bracelets! Purchasing one supports funding for the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and therefore also the efforts of 4Ocean. Pick up one today at Blue Planet and show everyone that you care about marine debris!


Just Add Water Solutions has been providing environmentally-friendly solutions for water sports since 2005. Their formulas are non-toxic and biodegradable, and they work! As divers, we use JAWS products for everything from mask scrub and defog to wetsuit and BCD cleaner.

What: Take your defog and gear cleaning solutions to the next level! They even offer options that create less foam while cleaning, leading to less overall water usage!


Stream2Sea products

Finally! We have been waiting years for a sunscreen that does not harm the ocean creatures we are trying to see! Sometimes divers must take matters into their own hands and create solutions. This is the case with Stream2Sea. As a cosmetic chemist and diver, Autumn Blum devised a way around the harmful chemicals that are usually the go-to for sunscreen manufacturers. Instead of using a traditional nano-sized titanium dioxide, she uses a non-nano sized titanium dioxide molecule that does not penetrate the cells on invertebrates.

What: The Steam2Sea line includes sunscreens, shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, lip balm, body lotion and sting-relief gel. A full line of products that can be used without feeling guilty!

Fourth Element ThermoclineFourth Element

Creating quality products that have a limited impact on the environment is a common goal for many manufacturers. Fourth Element has taken this a step further – having a positive impact rather than just a reduced impact. Their OceanPositive line of products incorporates material created from reclaimed nylon ghost fishing nets pulled from the ocean. This is the first part of their Mission 2020 goal to eliminate all single-use plastic from their product packaging and developing more products made from recycled materials.

What: We are extremely excited to carry Fourth Element products! Their OceanPositive line includes swimwear, rashguards and Thermocline wetsuits and pieces. They also offer a full line of drysuits, undergarments, luggage and clothes.





Categories: Conservation, Gear Reviews, News

Seminar: Sidemount Diving - April 18, 2018


So what’s the deal with divers wearing tanks at their sides instead of on their back? The sidemount configuration offers increased flexibility, streamlining and gas supply, plus is a great option for people who don’t want to walk with heavy cylinders on their back. And it’s a must if you plan to try technical diving! Join us to learn why more and more divers are choosing to dive sidemount.

When: Wednesday, April 18; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email



Categories: Events, Gear Reviews, News

2018 DC Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival logoIt’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 26th DC Environmental Film Festival running March 15-25, 2018. Many of the films at this year’s festival focus on the underwater world.

Join us!

We’ll be attending the film below as a group for our March Happy Hour. You can buy tickets online here. Let us know if you plan to go by RSVP’ing on Facebook or via email.

Blue The Film

Tuesday, March 20

Blue – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Co-presented with the Blue Ocean Film Festival, Blue takes us on a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. We meet passionate advocates for ocean preservation who are defending habitats, campaigning for smarter fishing, combating marine pollution and fighting for the protection of keystone species. Blue shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now.

If you can’t join us, here are a few other films we’re excited about this year:

Friday, March 16

Ama-San – 6:30 PM

Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street, NW (Metro: Farragut North, Farragut West)

The “sea women” of Japan’s Shima Peninsula maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abalone, without the benefit of modern gear or protection.

Friday, March 16

Anote’s Ark – 7:00 PM

National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW (Metro: Farragut North)

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s President, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many i¬Kiribati are already seeking safe harbor overseas.

Friday, March 16

Chasing the Thunder – 7:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

A high seas adventure feature documentary where two marine conservation captains from Sea Shepherd go on a hundred day chase of the illegal poacher and pirate fishing vessel, the Thunder.

Monday, March 19

Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne, Lost at Sea takes the viewer on an epic journey through the oceanic kingdom of the Atlantic Salmon – king of fish – in an attempt to unravel the mystery of their life at sea.

Monday, March 19

Cacú: Un Cambio Por La Vida – 7:00 PM

E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW (Metro: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown)

Five fishermen from Manresa, a poor neighborhood to the West of Santo Domingo, transitioned from sea turtle nest predators to conservationists of the species. Their 4-year transformative process was implemented by marine biologist Omar Shamir Reynoso, who developed a one-of-a-kind plan in the Dominican Republic that involves fishermen and communities alike in conservation efforts.

Tuesday, March 20

Dispatches from the Gulf 2 – 7:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW (Metro: Dupont Center)

Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.

Wednesday, March 21

The Odyssey (L’Odyssee) – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Thirty years in the life of Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the researcher, scientist, inventor, and filmmaker whose contributions made the general public more curious about the sea.

Thursday, March 22

High Tide in Dorchester – 7:00 PM

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW (Metro: Metro Center)

Dorchester County, MD is already experiencing the future that increasingly faces coastal areas worldwide — climate change and the related impacts of sea level rise and erosion. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100 — or sooner — as waters rise and erosion worsens. Dorchester is the coal miner’s canary; ground zero for the Chesapeake Region.

Thursday, March 22

Chasing Coral – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

In case you STILL haven’t seen it! Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Friday, March 23

Sylvia Earle’s Ocean Film Challenge – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

A showcase of ocean shorts from filmmakers around the world.



Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden - February 12, 2018

Brrrr…What better way to enjoy this cold weather than to go ice skating on the National Mall! Come meet other local divers and test your skills on the ice.

When: Monday, February 12, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM. We’ll try to get tickets for 7:00 PM. Come early and enjoy drinks in the cafe!

Where: The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink and Pavilion Café is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.

The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

RSVP: Facebook or email

More information: National Gallery of Art website

The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. Check with the shop for the latest updates.

Admission (two 45-minute sessions, beginning on the hour)

$9.00 adults
$8.00 for kids 12 and under, students with valid ID and skaters 50 and over

Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate rental: $3.50 (ID required)
Locker rental: $0.50 ($5.00 deposit required)

Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) are recommended.

Pavilion Café
With a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden, the Pavilion Café’s menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Wine and beer are also available. Open Monday-Thursday until 7:00 PM.



Categories: Events, News

Happy Hour: 2018 Dive Travel - January 23, 2018

(Photo from Matava, Fiji — where we’re heading this February!)

Curious about one of our upcoming dive trips? Want to be the first to know what we’re planning for 2018 and beyond? Come to our next happy hour! Meet other local divers and learn more about some of the exciting destinations on our travel calendar.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.




Categories: Events, News

Blue Planet Scuba Holiday Party

Blue Planet Holiday PartyCome celebrate the holidays with all of your dive buddies at Blue Planet! We’re heading back to Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights.

Join your dive buddies as we recount adventures from 2017 and look ahead to a new year. Plus we’ll be announcing our dive travel plans for 2018 and beyond!

When: Monday, December 18, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

RSVP on Facebook or via email.



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