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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



Categories: Events, News

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)



Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Free Suunto Compass!

For a limited time, receive a free SK-8 compass with the purchase of a Zoop Novo wrist dive computer or a Zoop Novo Combo!

Offer is valid beginning February 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2017. Stop by the shop for yours today!



Categories: Gear Specials, News

Master Scuba Diver Info Night

Have you ever been frustrated on a dive boat because everyone around you seems to be a better diver? Or maybe you have seen someone diving and wish you dived as well has she/he did? Well, now’s your chance to get on the path to diving expertise!

Join Blue Planet instructors as we discuss everything you ever wanted to know about how to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest recreational dive rating (the “black belt” of scuba diving). We’ll review popular specialty classes as well as the Rescue Diver course — one of the most challenging and rewarding classes every diver will ever take.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 starting at 7 PM

RSVP on Facebook or via email



Categories: Events, News

LIVE from M.V. Ocearch: Tracking Great White Sharks!


Come join us as Lindsay Laughner, OCEARCH Education Ambassador, speaks with us live from MV OCEARCH!

OCEARCH is a global leader in gathering data (telemetry and biologics) on Great White Sharks and other keystone marine species. It also provides a collaborative environment onboard MV OCEARCH, an at-sea laboratory, where researchers, institutions and expert fishermen come together to safely capture, tag, and release these ocean giants on a specialized hydraulic lift. You can watch OCEARCH and its collaborating scientists work together during the tagging of Mary Lee, a 16 foot 3500 pound Great White Shark that was tagged off Cape Cod, MA here.

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Lindsay is a teacher and volunteer on the OCEARCH education team. In this capacity, she uses the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker to enhance the OCEARCH STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum to inspire future generations to be better stewards of the ocean. She has joined OCEARCH on three expeditions, and has collaborated with researchers and scientists to create content that replaces fears with facts and reveal the truth about these balance keepers of the ocean.

For more information about OCEARCH, to download the Global Shark Tracker, or the free STEM curriculum, please visit this site.

When: Wednesday, February  22, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM

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

RSVP on Facebook or via email.




Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Brian Skerry at National Geographic - Thursday, November 3, 2016

We’re really excited to spend the evening with Brian Skerry, master underwater photographer and author, on November 3rd. We hope to see you there! Check out the information below from National Geographic’s page:

“Dive into the ocean depths with legendary underwater photojournalist and National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee Brian Skerry as he shares his recent discoveries about one of the most elusive and threatened creatures on the planet: the shark.

An award-winning photographer, Brian goes to extraordinary lengths to get the best shot—from hopping into a Goodyear Blimp to diving to the bottom of the sea. In 2010 National Geographic magazine credited Brian with creating one of its 50 Greatest Photographs of All Time. Brian has contributed to National Geographic since 1998; this summer, the magazine has been showcasing Brian’s photography in its “Summer of Sharks” series. The August issue features his shots of oceanic whitetips in the article ‘These Sharks Once Ruled the Seas. Now They’re Nearly Gone.'”

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 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.



Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Halloween at Markoff's Haunted Forest - Saturday, October 29, 2016

It’s never too early to start thinking about how best to get your Fall scare on! Come meet other local divers and get scared silly at Markoff’s Haunted Forest with Blue Planet. Last year’s forest trail was a pure adrenaline rush, and it only gets better year after year!

When: Saturday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM (meet at the shop at 5 PM or meet us at Markoff’s, time TBD)

Markoff’s Haunted Forest
Calleva Farm
19120 Martinsburg Road
Dickerson, MD 20842

How much: $30 — Tickets are available online now: Don’t wait — that evening WILL sell out!

FYI the Haunted Forest is a fundraiser for Calleva. The funds raised go towards a variety of scholarships, school discounts, and developmental projects. Get skeered while doing good!

RSVP: On Facebook or email us



Categories: Events, News

Sustainable Seafood - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come join us as Marin Hawk, Fisheries Manager at the Marine Stewardship Council, talks about sustainable seafood. Sure, you know that seafood is a healthy choice. But as a conscientious diver are you concerned about your eating habits’ impact on marine life? Dolphin-free tuna, FAD-free tuna, domestic seafood, shrimp trawls – what does it all mean? Come to this next happy hour lecture to learn more about sustainable seafood and how you can make responsible choices for the environment.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6:30 pm

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

RSVP on Facebook or via email.




Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Soccer with Blue Planet! -- October 16, 2016

Join Blue Planet for a DC United soccer game! We’re going to the DC United vs New York City FC. Please purchase tickets in advance and let us know if you’re coming!

Some of us will also be tailgating starting @ 1 PM. For $15 you get some food and beer, or byob. Purchase tailgating tickets here.

When: Sunday, October 16th, 2016 @ 3 PM

Where: RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003; Metro stop: Stadium/Armory – on the Blue & Orange Lines is adjacent to the DC Armory)

Tickets: $25 Purchase here. IMPORTANT! When ordering the tickets online, select the SE Nest (sec 132-133-134) and then make sure to add “Blue Planet” in the comment section. This way you’ll be sure to be seated with our group!

RSVP on Facebook or via email.



Categories: Events, News

Lionfish Jewelry

jewelry made from lionfish fins and spinesMany divers have already heard how the lionfish, a species native to the Pacific, is invading the Caribbean. The lionfish is a voracious predator who breeds quickly, upsetting the fragile balance of our marine ecosystem.

While as divers we are often encouraged to eat lionfish and sometimes learn how to hunt them, did you know there’s another way you can help? Wear lionfish jewelry!

Lionfish earringsConservation groups are working with women in local communities through several countries in the Caribbean to create beautiful earrings, necklaces and more using lionfish spines, tails and fins.

Blue Planet is proud to be one of the first venues in Washington, DC to carry this lionfish jewelry! Stop by the shop to check out our amazing selection. These make great gifts for divers and non-divers alike. All proceeds go to women’s group and marine conservation.

On September 27, 2016, several of the artists will be in DC. Join us to “Meet the Artists”!

Interested in learning more? Visit Belize Lionfish and read more from Phil Karp, one of the groups’ biggest supporters!



Categories: Conservation, Gear Specials, News

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