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Saving Seabirds - June 5, 2018

Join us June 5th for an evening at National Geographic! We will be heading over to their headquarters to see famous photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak talk about some of the world’s most amazing seabirds including, penguins, albatross, and puffins!

National Geographic magazine photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak journeyed to some of the planet’s most remote islands for a feature in the July 2018 issue. Get an inside look at the story to learn why the world’s majestic and ecologically critical seabirds—penguins, albatross, puffins, and hundreds of other species—are vanishing, and learn what we can do to help.

Originally trained as a marine biologist specializing in human-wildlife conflict, National Geographic magazine photographer THOMAS P. PESCHAK became a wildlife photojournalist after realizing he could have a greater conservation impact through photographs than through statistics. His work now focuses on documenting some of the planet’s most critical marine and island conservation stories. Thomas has shot eight feature articles for National Geographic magazine and is currently photographing his next two stories on some of the world’s most remote islands. A National Geographic Explorer, he is also a founding/associate director of the Manta Trust, the former director of conservation for the Save Our Seas Foundation, and a senior fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. Thomas has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo awards.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where: National Geographic Live Washington, D.C. (1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Tickets: Starting at $25. Purchase tickets here. These shows usually sell out!

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend! We’ll try to meet in the lobby and grab seats together. RSVP via Facebook or email us.

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Exploring the Deep - April 10, 2018

Join us April 10th for an evening at National Geographic! We will be heading over to their headquarters to see ocean engineer Grace Young talk about the technologies that she is helping to develop to better explore the ocean.

“Ocean engineer Grace Young, National Geographic Explorer, has lived underwater in her quest to better understand and protect the sea. View stunning imagery of the marine life she’s encountered, and learn how the cutting-edge technologies she’s developing are transforming the ways we see and explore the ocean.

“An ocean engineer, aquanaut, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, GRACE C. YOUNG has developed technologies that help us better understand the ocean, including underwater robots and camera systems that record fish populations, 3-D map ice shelves and coral reefs, and photograph marine life in ways the human eye cannot see. She’s developed technology for NASA, CERN, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She’s currently refurbishing a deep-sea submarine for manned expeditions into the ocean’s unexplored depths. A graduate of MIT with a degree in mechanical and ocean engineering, Grace is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University. In 2014, she spent 15 days living underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base as the youngest aquanaut on Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31.”

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where: National Geographic Live Washington, D.C. (1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Tickets: Starting at $25. Purchase tickets here. These shows usually sell out!

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend! We’ll try to meet in the lobby and grab seats together. RSVP via Facebook or email us.

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Go Pro / Go Tec Night - Friday, February 9, 2018

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!

RSVP

We will be hosting this event on Friday, February 9 from 7-9 PM. RSVP via email, on Facebook, or give us a call — 202-527-9419.

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Seminar: How to stay warm underwater - October 25, 2017

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, October 25; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email

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Happy Hour: Dominica Fundraiser - October 11, 2017

No doubt everyone has heard about the damage left in Hurricane Maria’s wake. Dominica, the Nature Island and one of our favorite dive destinations, was one of the worst-hit countries. We are hosting a fundraiser to support relief and rebuilding efforts there. We’re hoping to have some fantastic dive gear available for a silent auction. Please join us and give what you can to help our friends rebuild!

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW, WDC 20009)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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Live the Dream & Go Pro! - Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ready to live the dream? Want to learn more about what it means to be a dive pro? Come join us on Thursday — regardless of your current certification level — at this special event!

Plus don’t miss out on some amazing deals on course packages! But you must attend the event to take advantage of these.

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.

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP: via email, on Facebook, or give us a call — 202-527-9419.

Photo by: Derek Freres

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RESCHEDULED - Seminar: Using your GoPro Underwater - March 21, 2017

All of the videos you have seen that were shot on a GoPro probably look amazing right? Most of those were probably shot above water, or on the surface correct? Once underwater, things get a bit tricky. Join us as Heather, our GoPro expert, lets you in on the secrets she’s discovered having used this fantastic camera around the world!

When: Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 PM Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet Shop

RSVP via Facebook or email

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2017 DC Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival logoIt’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 25th DC Environmental Film Festival running March 14-26. Many of the films at this year’s festival deal with 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.

Wednesday, March 22

Pristine Seas: Wild Galapagos – 7:30 PM

National Geographic Society
1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

 


If you can’t join us, here are a few that we think you may be interested in as a diver:

Wednesday, March 15

Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures – 7:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
Elihu Root Auditorium
1530 P St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

 

Tuesday, March 21

A Plastic Ocean – 6:30 PM

National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

 

Sunday, March 20

Vamizi: Cradle of Coral – 5:30 PM

National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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