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.
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
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.
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.
Pumpkins. And zombies. Underwater.
Join Blue Planet for a weekend of Halloween fun at Dutch Springs! In addition to our regular classes, we’ll be running a couple of new specialties in honor of the season.
- Open Water Diver
- Advanced Open Water Diver
- Open Water + Advanced Open Water (stay and dive all 3 days!)
- Underwater Pumpkin Carving
- Zombie Apocalypse Diver
- plus other specialties
Contact the shop to sign up!
We are excited to announce we are partnering with NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to offer a program just for young divers between the ages of 8 and 12. The Ocean Guardian Dive Club is designed to educate youth about the marine environment and ocean conservation while practicing and improving their scuba skills.
Blue Planet is proud to be one of the first pilot shops in the country introducing this program to our divers. Over several Sundays in November and December, students will take part in classroom activities and pool sessions to learn about issues facing our national marine sanctuaries and basic science diving concepts while putting that knowledge into practice underwater. We will also complete a Stewardship Project to help create a positive environmental change here in DC.
– Minimum age: 8 years old
– PADI Seal Team or Junior Open Water Diver certification
– Mask, fins, snorkel
– Bathing suit
– $200 for the whole program (4 3-hour classes at $50/class)
– Includes materials, use of scuba equipment and instruction
There are 4 separate classes to complete all of the modules for the Dive Club. Each class will meet at the pool from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.
– Sunday, November 12: Ocean Guardian Diver (required)
– Sunday, November 19: Florida Keys/Marine Debris
– Sunday, December 3: Flower Garden Banks/Lionfish
– Sunday, December 10: Hawaiian Island/Humpback Whales
– Sunday, December 16 (Make-up session)
– TBD: Stewardship Project
Seal Team Classes
Choose one of the following weekends if your future diver is not already certified as a PADI Seal Team or Junior Open Water Diver.
– Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15 from 12:00-3:00 PM both days
– Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5 from 12:00-3:00 PM both days
There are only limited spaces available, so please don’t wait to reserve a spot for your young diver! Call or email the shop today.
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
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)
Summer’s almost over. Get outside and enjoy the last of the warm weather with your dive buddies at a local tiki bar! The folks at Archipelago are also helping raise funds for Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Be sure to ask for the Wallbanger.
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Archipelago (1201 U Street NW, WDC 20009)
Are you passionate about protecting the underwater world? Learn how you can help make a difference on your dives and topside while reaching the pinnacle of recreational scuba diving by earning the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification — with a conservation focus. We’re excited to unveil Blue Planet’s new ECO Master Scuba Diver package in this month’s seminar! (Photo courtesy of Patti Kirk Gross)
When: Tuesday, September 26; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
We’re trying again! Our August happy hour will be at the local Spanish watering hole ANXO! Come join us as we drink refreshing cider and to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and talk about upcoming or recent diving adventures!
When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: ANXO (Truxton Circle 300 Florida Ave NW)
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, August 16; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop