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Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
Now through December 31, 2018, all Suunto D-Series wrist computers are on sale. That includes the DX, D6i Novo, D4i Novo and D4i. Take advantage of this special offer while supplies last!
- 50% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof hooded vests, longsleeve shirts, socks and beanies
- Up to 30% off select Big Blue dive lights and sets
- 20% off SP Gadget POV cases for GoPro cameras
- $150 off Rescue Diver + DAN DEMP course combo
- Buy a SeaLife camera and receive a free pool session with an instructor
- Buy an AquaLung drysuit and receive the Drysuit Diver course for free
- Buy an Apeks sidemount kit (BCD + regulators) and receive the Sidemount Diver course for free
- Plus clearance pricing on rental camera kits, drysuits and dive computers
4Ocean bracelets ($20)
1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean every year. 4Ocean is on a mission to stop it, and you can help! When you buy a bracelet made from 100% recycled materials, it represents one pound of trash that you removed from the ocean.
Reusable Utensil Kit with Straw ($22)
Whether you’re going to the office or on a trip, this utensil kit is the perfect pairing for your adventure. Includes everything you’ll need to stay plastic free for everything you love doing. A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip wherever you may roam, perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet.
BUFF Multifunctional Headwear (starting at $15)
Get that hair under control! The BUFF® UV Multifunctional Headband offers thermal efficiency, built-in sun protection, seamless construction and the moisture-wicking performance of COOLMAX® PRO fiber. Comfortable as a headband and wearable nine different ways, this versatile multifunctional headband is the choice for hot summer runs, rides, hikes and dives!
EEZYCUT Trilobite Cutting Tool ($25)
A cutting tool is an essential piece of scuba equipment, and none is easier to carry and use than this one. All of our staff wear at least one of these on their BCDs. They are perfect for cutting through fishing line, nets or even webbing or suits. And they’re super safe and easy to use, even with gloves on.
We have yet to meet a diver who doesn’t love looking through these invaluable guides after a dive. Any of these books are sure to be treasured gifts, but if your diver prefers to travel light, you can now purchase ebook versions of many of the guides! The ebooks can be used on Apple laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, tablets and Windows based computers.
Bigblue dive light combo pack (starting at $180)
Ready to experience the thrill of a night dive? Or peek under ledges to see who’s hiding there? This is the perfect primary plus back-up light starter kit for new divers or those just ready to upgrade their light equipment. The primary 1200 lumens light is one of our favorites with an aluminum housing, interchangeable LED head, 4 level push-button on/off switch, battery-level indicator and rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery. The AL250 is a great bonus!
*Save up to 30% on all in stock Big Blue Combo packs, while supplies last!
“Reef Fish Identification TRAVEL EDITION: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida” by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach ($30)
Are airline weight restrictions forcing you to leave your prized Reef Fish Identification book at home? The digital age is upon us, but divers still want a book in their hands when they return from a dive to look up the fishes they encounter. At 3/4 of a pound, this travel edition is the answer!
DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit ($20)
There is no easier way to improve readiness for emergencies in remote settings than to bring a first aid kit. The presence of a few important items can make a big difference in an injured person’s ability to continue a trip. The DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit is stocked with a supply of high quality components to help you deal with injuries while waiting for help to arrive.
Stahlac bag (starting at $40)
No diver should be without a boat bag on a trip! This packable, breathable mesh duffel bag from Stahslac is a staff favorite. It’s perfect for throwing in your suitcase and then stowing all of your gear once you arrive. And it’s great for containing overflow for the plane ride home — perfect for a damp wetsuit or dirty laundry.
Nautilus Lifeline GPS ($199)
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.
PADI Enriched Air Diver course ($175)
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Doesn’t every diver want to stay down longer and get back in the water sooner? Elearning option is available!
Surface signaling device (starting at $35)
An essential piece of equipment for any diver, a surface marker buoy (safety sausage) ensures the boat can find you if you get separated from the group. You can start with the basic 4′ model or go all out with the DAN Surface Signaling Kit, complete with a reflective panel, signaling mirror, marine whistle, safety light and multiple ways to inflate.
Dive Computer (starting at $299)
When anyone asks us what a new diver should invest in first, we always suggest a dive computer. This is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can own! It monitors your dive time, depth and no decompression limits while recording your dive profile for logging and future dive planning. It’s an essential tool that none of our staff ever dives without.
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course ($195)
Achieving good buoyancy control is a fundamental dive skill and also one of the hardest to master. This course is all about determining your ideal weighting and trim and learning the techniques needed to glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. If you can’t complete the whole course right away, we offer buoyancy clinics in the pool throughout the year.
GoPro HERO7 Black Camera ($399)
Take your underwater video to the next level with the HERO7 Black. Shoot Ultra 4K video with Hyper Smooth stabilization. Tough as nails and waterproof down to 33ft without the separate Super Suit. Voice control, 12 MP HDR Super photo, live streaming and so much more. This is our favorite camera for stunning underwater video.
Backscatter FLIP6 Filter Kits for GoPro (starting at $39)
Dramatically improve your underwater photos and videos with these custom-made filter systems for the GoPro HERO3 all the way through the latest HERO7. The rugged, aircraft-grade aluminum frame allows you to easily switch between any 2 filters on the same dive. And the Pro Package includes the +15 MacroMate lens, a must for getting all those nudibranchs in focus!
SeaLife AquaPod (on sale!)
The SeaLife AquaPod allows for close up underwater photos and videos while maintaining a comfortable distance between you and your subject. It’s ideal for exciting shark images and video, as well as easily frightened ocean species. The AquaPod extends from 18” to 53” (46cm – 135cm), is corrosion resistant and salt-waterproof and includes both a ¼-20 mount (for SeaLife and other cameras) and a GoPro camera mount.
Digital Underwater Photography Post-Production Diver course ($175)
Now that you’ve taken all of those amazing photos, how do you organize, edit and share them? This course is a great introduction to one of the best tools available for photo editing! An instructor will walk you through the beginning steps and features of Adobe Lightroom to enhance your underwater photographs plus import, organize and develop/enhance your photos. Plus this counts as a specialty towards Master Scuba Diver.
Come have a swirl margarita with us at a local favorite. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great food and drinks.
When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Lauriol Plaza; 1835 18th St NW (at the corner with T St), Washington, DC 20009.
Don’t miss this amazing deal from Suunto! For a limited time, all Suunto D-Series Wrist Units are on sale. Take advantage of this special offer while quantities last. Offer valid October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.
Suunto DX: Now only $1,449 – $1,849
Suunto D6i Novo: Now only $974 – $1,074
Suunto D4i Novo: Now only $649
Suunto D4i: Now only $499
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, October 23; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
In celebration of the ocean, the first ever AWARE Week is taking place around the world September 15-23, 2018. Aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, a full week of conservation activities and actions will take place.
Blue Planet has teamed up with Project AWARE and PADI to host a week full of activities for divers and other ocean-lovers in DC. From AWARE courses focused on tackling ocean pollution, to creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, to empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, all are welcome — fins on and fins off.
Check out the schedule below and sign up for an event today!
Sunday, September 16
International Coastal Cleanup @ Rock Creek Park
Tuesday, September 18
Happy Hour: Make your dives count – REEF and Citizen Science
Wednesday, September 19
Project AWARE Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Thursday, September 20
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Sunday, September 23
Dive Against Debris @ Sandy Point State Park
Part of our celebration of AWARE Week 2018!
Come find out how to Make Your Dives Count through REEF and Citizen Science. Neil Ericsson, a volunteer fish surveyor for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), will talk about how surveys are done, and how marine biologists and policymakers use the data collected to make a difference in protecting our underwater environment. Surveying is also a great way to “give back” while learning more about marine life and making every dive count!
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)
Join us for a special AWARE Week Dive Against Debris!
Volunteer your time and save $75 off the Dive Against Debris Specialty! Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it.
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 starting at 9:00 AM
Where: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.
Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.
RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!
Physiology of Dive Fitness: Making Scuba Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
Join us for a discussion on making scuba diving part of a healthy lifestyle. Georgetown University professor of physiology and Blue Planet Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Ryan Downey, will lead an interactive discussion on making sure you’re fit to dive and that your fitness will keep you healthy and diving for years to come. We’ll talk about tips and tricks for fitness in your everyday life and what exercises you can do to improve your diving. We’ll also talk about how to incorporate your workouts during travel and how to integrate them with your diving. Bring your questions for the Q&A!
When: Tuesday, September 25; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
In lieu of our monthly happy hour, we’re going to mix it up with a movie. Join your dive buddies to catch the latest summer sci fi action flick, The Meg. It has diving, a giant prehistoric shark and Jason Statham. What’s not to love?! Don’t wait — buy your ticket in advance.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 14 – 7:30 PM showing
WHERE: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 (701 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC 20001)
TICKETS: Buy tickets online now!
You don’t have to hop on an airplane to experience great diving! Come learn about the best local sites and the pros’ secrets to exploring them. We’ll discuss dive conditions, attractions, what gear to bring and the skills you need to make the most of the experience. The local dive season is in full swing — plan your next weekend adventure now!
When: Tuesday, August 21; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop