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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)
Are you ready to respond in an emergency? Are you prepared with the fundamental pieces of dive safety equipment? Join us Wednesday evening for this free seminar to review the best options for diver safety training and gear. We’ll discuss the PADI Rescue Diver course plus First Aid classes from EFR and DAN. We’ll also review the safety gear every diver should have. RSVP below!
When: Wednesday, May 17; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
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, April 19; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
Ever wonder who dives in the Potomac or Anacostia? Come hear what it’s like to work as a public safety diver in DC! Michael Pratt is a DC Metro Police Officer and diver with the Harbor Patrol’s Underwater Search & Recovery Team. He’ll tell us about his experiences keeping our local waterways safe.
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)
Come try the Hollis Explorer Rebreather! The unit is neither a fully closed circuit Rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilizes the best of both worlds. It’s compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use.
Rebreathers reuse the gas you exhale by recycling the good part and replenishing it for your next breath. This means your gas supply is significantly larger in a compact package compared to what you can carry in a scuba tank for conventional open-circuit scuba diving. It’s a huge benefit that allows longer dives.
Another benefit is the quiet factor. Underwater photographers really like it because they can approach aquatic creatures that would ordinarily shy away from bubble noise. Also, because you breathe gas that’s been warmed by you and the recycle process, rebreather diving keeps you warmer – a bonus in cool water.
When: Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Gallaudet MSSD Pool
Prerequisites: You must have a basic nitrox certification and complete a liability release and Medical Waiver before the course meets. Minimum age is 18 (or 15 with parental consent).
Cost: $50 per person. If you buy a unit or sign up for a class within 30 days of the demo, you’ll receive $50 off either.
Sign up: Due to the limited number of demo units available, space is very limited and prepayment is required. Please call or email the shop to sign up.
We get it…warm water diving is great! But how many amazing dives sites are you missing out on if you aren’t willing to dive in cooler water? Extend your dive season and expand your options by learning the basics of cold water diving. We will discuss the gear you need, how to plan your dives and some of the exciting places you can go!
When: Wednesday, January 25; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
GO PROFESSIONAL or GO TECHNICAL? Learn about both, regardless of your current level, at this special event!
Plus don’t miss out on some AMAZING DEALS on course and gear packages! But you must attend the event to take advantage of these.
Want to go PRO?
Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Are you ready to “go pro” and join the ranks of professional scuba divers?
Join us for this informal meeting to learn more about all levels of PADI professional certifications, including Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor and beyond. PADI Course Director Derek Freres will be here to answer all of your questions.
Curious about Tec Diving?
Technical (tec) diving means going beyond recreational scuba diving limits. But, tec divers will tell you that it’s really about the challenge and adventure of exploring places that no one else has ever seen. Tec diving is not for everyone, but it does attract experienced divers who want to go beyond their current limits and are willing to accept the added risks, training, investment and commitment it demands. If this is you, then PADI TecRec courses are your ticket to extreme adventure.
Derek also happens to be a PADI Tec Deep and Tec Trimix Instructor Trainer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more!
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity for the MLK Day of Service? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Honor Dr. King’s legacy and give back to our community through keeping our waterways clean.
When: Monday, January 16, 2017 from 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Meet up in the parking lot across from Pierce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station. See map here.
What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.
We’ve got the perfect gifts for the underwater enthusiast on your list! Our staff have weighed in with their top picks to fit every budget.
Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
Save $100 on a Suunto Cobra
Now through December 31, 2016, purchase a Suunto Cobra dive computer for $499 — $100 off the regular retail price of $599! The Cobra is an air-integrated console-mounted computer that combines versatile features with a user-friendly design.
Free computer with BCD + regulator purchase
Just in time for the holiday season – give the gift of new gear to your favorite dive buddy or treat yourself to a new kit! Purchase any qualifying Aqua Lung Regulator and BC and receive an i300 Wrist Computer for FREE!
New Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Keep your favorite diver safe with the updated Nautilus Lifeline. Broadcast your GPS position and a distress message to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Peace of mind for only $199.
Help stop the lionfish invasion and support local artisans while sharing a unique gift — lionfish earrings and necklaces! Women in communities throughout several Caribbean countries create these beautiful pieces using lionfish spines, tails and fins.
Fair-trade holiday ornaments
Check out these beautiful hand-crafted ornaments made by craftsmen in a small village in Thailand. We’ve picked out all of our favorite ocean critters, including manta rays, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish, otters and more.
- Aqua Lung rashguards
- Scuba Flirt t-shirts
- Lavacore hooded vests, longsleeve shirts and socks
- GoPro Hero 4 Black and accessories
- Backscatter FLIP4 fliters and packages for GoPro 3, 3+ and 4
- SeaLife cameras and accessories
- Neoprene slapstrap
- Lycra socks
- EEZYCUT linecutter
- DAN Travel First Aid Kit
- Buff headware
- Aqua Pencil & Slate kit
- GoPro cases
- Fish ID + dive site slates for various destinations
- Scuba multi-tool
- Neoprene gloves
- REEF Fish/Coral/Creature ID books (ebooks available!)
- Backpacks and regulator bags
- GoPro handles and mounts
- Surface marker buoy (“safety sausage”)
- Dive lights
- Spring straps
- Dive knives
- Freestyle dive watches
Only $199! And for a limited time, you can save $20 as part of Nautilus’ introductory offer!
Don’t get left behind! The all new Nautilus LifeLine Marine Rescue GPS is less than half the size of the original radio and is incredibly simple to use. Simply undo the latch and open, turn on, remove the red distress cap and press the red button. Your GPS position is accurate to 1.5 metres and a man overboard distress message will be broadcast to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Your Nautilus LifeLine floats and is waterproof in all sea conditions. Just keep the o-ring clean and forget about it for the next 5 years!