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We Need Your Old Masks, Snorkels and Fins!

Great reef preservation projects are going on and one is in Raja Ampat in Indonesia. An Australian activist, Norm Van’t Hoff, and others have organized a program run by locals to own and protect their beautiful reefs from poaching, over-fishing, damage from dive boats, and now, one more threat – an explosion of Crown Of Thorns Starfish (COTS). We don’t know why, but the COTS infestation is destroying large parts of the reef, as they did in the Great Barrier Reef. 

Dr. Phil Dustan, from the Award-winning film “Chasing Coral,” is an internationally renowned marine biologist who specializes in reefs. He and colleagues in Raja Ampat have developed a kit that injects a weak vinegar solution (harmless in small amounts to the ocean environment) into COTS, causing them to die.  Much like Lionfish in the Caribbean, the COTS are a threat, with no effective predator.

The locals are now being enlisted to eliminate COTs, but when the injector kits arrived in the islands, they went unused because most locals don’t own snorkeling gear – a mask alone is worth a week’s wages. What they need now are diving masks, snorkels and fins so the kits can be used.

Two of our divers, Bruce Butterworth and Jan Fine, are traveling to Raja Ampat in March to help with the effort. Blue Planet is collecting your old or unused masks, snorkels or fins for them to bring to the locals to use. It doesn’t matter how they look – if they work, they’re fine!

So, please bring them into Blue Planet any time. We will have a special bin for collection at our Holiday party on December 17th.

If you want more information or want to contribute in other ways, please contact Bruce at brbutterworth@gmail.com

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Blue Planet Scuba Holiday Party

Blue Planet Holiday PartyCome celebrate the holidays with all of your dive buddies at Blue Planet! This year we’re holding the party at Cotton & Reed, DC’s first Rum distillery. We’ll recount adventures from 2018 and look ahead to a new year. Plus we’ll be announcing our dive travel plans for 2019 and beyond!

Silent Auction

We’ll be holding a silent auction to raise money for our fabulous friends at REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation). Come ready to bid on some awesome items that our suppliers have generously donated, including:

  • Suunto EON Core dive computer
  • Aqua Lung Legend LX regulator
  • DAN DEMP class
  • PADI classes
  • Apeks Lifeline spools
  • dive lights from Big Blue and SeaLife
  • Atomic Aquatics mask, fins and snorkel
  • FLIP 3 Filter Set for GoPro cameras from Backscatter
  • Tickets to the DC Dive Show
  • safety equipment from DAN
  • plus more from Fourth Element and Innovative Scuba

Bring your Old or Unused Masks, Snorkels & Fins

We’ll also be collecting old or unused masks, fins and snorkels to help the locals in Indonesia battle the invasive Crown of Thorns Starfish. Click here for more info on the project.

RSVP today!

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Looking forward to seeing you!

When: Monday, December 17, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm

Where: Cotton & Reed, 1330 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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Rock Creek Cleanup - November 23, 2018

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after the Thanksgiving Feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.

When: Friday, November 23, 2018 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.

RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook, or just email the shop!

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Categories: Cleanups, Conservation, Events, News

International Coastal Cleanup - September 16, 2018

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team in cleaning up our adopted portion of Rock Creek Park as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup!

WHEN: Sunday, September 16 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Meet up in the parking lot across from Peirce 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.

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.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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Shop Closed for Memorial Day Weekend 2018

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, we want to thank all the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving to protect this country, especially the families they left behind.

In honor of Memorial Day, Blue Planet Scuba will be closed on Saturday May 26th. We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday May 29th.

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Rock Creek Cleanup - Monday, January 15, 2018

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 15, 2018 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.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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Rock Creek Cleanup - Sunday, November 26, 2017

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after the Thanksgiving Feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.

When: Sunday, November 26, 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.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook, or just email the shop!

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Blue Planet DC Bike Ride - November 24, 2017

As divers, we love adventures under the sea, but many of us enjoy adventure above the sea as well. Join Blue Planet Scuba for a Fall bike ride with fellow divers. Enjoy the sites DC has to offer, chat about your adventures, and maybe even break out in a sweat. It’s a great way to work off the Thanksgiving feast!

When: Friday, November 24; 11:00 AM

Where: Philz Coffee, SW Waterfront

RSVP via Facebook or email

Overview
We’ll ride from the SW Waterfront up to the Arboretum, ride a loop to see what’s there in the fall, and gather at the Capitol Pillars for some cider (warm/cold to be determined by the day). From there, we’ll make our way back to the SW Waterfront. If you don’t need to rush home, there’s some cool places to grab something to eat, or a quick ice cream treat in the Waterfront area.

The ride will begin and end at Philz Coffee. This will let you get some coffee to juice you up in the morning.  Since it’s not technically a holiday, we’ll be leaving at 11:30. That gives everyone time to get there on the metro if they want to use it. We will return before 3:00 (bikes aren’t allowed on the metro after 4pm). The ride will be ~14 miles, so there’s plenty of time to relax, chat while we ride, take our time, and see the sights. The majority of the ride will be on trails, calm residential roads, and restricted park roads. There will be one section where we’ll need to ride the sidewalk next to a large road, but it’s not too long.

Speed racer?
Some of you may want to go a bit faster if you’re going through the trouble of breaking out the bike. If there’s enough interest, we’ll split the group in two. The second group will make their way meandering a bit more along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (ART) for roughly 23 miles total. This group will move a bit faster (think quick jog instead of walk), and make shorter stops so they can complete their longer path in the same amount of time. We’ll also add a major multi-lane road to the route, but we’ll take one of the lanes when we ride it. The goal would be to have both groups meet at the Capitol Pillars, then meet again at the end.

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Seminar: Are you fit to dive? - June 28, 2017

According to PADI statistics, a leading cause of dive fatalities for divers over the age of 50 is cardiovascular disease — often undiagnosed. How can older divers better protect their health and enjoy recreational scuba diving well into their golden years? Blue Planet will explore healthy lifestyle recommendations for divers of all ages, especially good cardiovascular health, exercise, and nutrition. RSVP below!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28; 7:00 PM

WHERE: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email

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Happy Hour: Under Pressure! - June 20, 2017

Ever wonder exactly what happens to our bodies at depth? Dr. Stephen Fischer is an Undersea Medical Officer and a Naval Flight Surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He’ll discuss depth restrictions, environmental considerations, barotrauma, DCI and treatments, and be available for all your questions!

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM

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

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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