Happy Hour: Wunder Garten - May 15, 2018

Spring weather is finally here! Join Blue Planet divers at Wunder Garten, a beer garden right in the heart of NoMa. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great beer, food and lawn games. Plus it’s dog-friendly!

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 starting at 5:30 PM

Where: Wunder Garten; 1101 1st Street NE (at the corner of L Street NE), Washington, DC 20002. Only one block away from the NOMA Gallaudet U Metro Stop (Red Line).

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Seminar: Regs, BCDs and computers...oh my! - May 22, 2018

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, May 22; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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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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Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup - Sunday, April 15, 2018

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team, the Rock Creek Conservancy and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 10th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, in coordination with the 30th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

When: Sunday, April 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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Robert Ballard at National Geographic - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Join Blue Planet divers for an exciting evening with Robert Ballard, National Geographic Explorer-at-Large on May 30th. We hope to see you there! Check out the information below from National Geographic’s page:

“Visit the incredible new exhibition ‘Titanic: The Untold Story’ and stay for a special evening with legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard, the ship’s discoverer, to hear about the unfolding mystery at the center of one of the greatest discoveries of all time. It is a story straight out of the pages of a Cold War thriller that will leave you wondering what more we may discover about this legendary shipwreck.

“National Geographic Explorer-at-Large ROBERT BALLARD is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents and the R.M.S. Titanic, German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. In 2008, he secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flagship for exploration. Robert is also significantly involved in various educational outreach programs. He has received prestigious awards from the Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society—the Explorers Club Medal and the Hubbard Medal, respectively—as well as the Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation. In 2003, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.”

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:30 PM

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

Tickets: Starting at $32. 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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Seminar: Sidemount Diving - April 18, 2018

*ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 21, 2018; NEW DATE!*

So what’s the deal with divers wearing tanks at their sides instead of on their back? The sidemount configuration offers increased flexibility, streamlining and gas supply, plus is a great option for people who don’t want to walk with heavy cylinders on their back. And it’s a must if you plan to try technical diving! Join us to learn why more and more divers are choosing to dive sidemount.

When: Wednesday, April 18; 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

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2018 DC Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival logoIt’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 26th DC Environmental Film Festival running March 15-25, 2018. Many of the films at this year’s festival focus on 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.

Blue The Film

Tuesday, March 20

Blue – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Co-presented with the Blue Ocean Film Festival, Blue takes us on a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. We meet passionate advocates for ocean preservation who are defending habitats, campaigning for smarter fishing, combating marine pollution and fighting for the protection of keystone species. Blue shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now.


If you can’t join us, here are a few other films we’re excited about this year:

Friday, March 16

Ama-San – 6:30 PM

Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th Street, NW (Metro: Farragut North, Farragut West)

The “sea women” of Japan’s Shima Peninsula maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abalone, without the benefit of modern gear or protection.

Friday, March 16

Anote’s Ark – 7:00 PM

National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW (Metro: Farragut North)

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s President, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many i¬Kiribati are already seeking safe harbor overseas.

Friday, March 16

Chasing the Thunder – 7:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)

A high seas adventure feature documentary where two marine conservation captains from Sea Shepherd go on a hundred day chase of the illegal poacher and pirate fishing vessel, the Thunder.

Monday, March 19

Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne, Lost at Sea takes the viewer on an epic journey through the oceanic kingdom of the Atlantic Salmon – king of fish – in an attempt to unravel the mystery of their life at sea.

Monday, March 19

Cacú: Un Cambio Por La Vida – 7:00 PM

E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW (Metro: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown)

Five fishermen from Manresa, a poor neighborhood to the West of Santo Domingo, transitioned from sea turtle nest predators to conservationists of the species. Their 4-year transformative process was implemented by marine biologist Omar Shamir Reynoso, who developed a one-of-a-kind plan in the Dominican Republic that involves fishermen and communities alike in conservation efforts.

Tuesday, March 20

Dispatches from the Gulf 2 – 7:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW (Metro: Dupont Center)

Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.

Wednesday, March 21

The Odyssey (L’Odyssee) – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

Thirty years in the life of Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the researcher, scientist, inventor, and filmmaker whose contributions made the general public more curious about the sea.

Thursday, March 22

High Tide in Dorchester – 7:00 PM

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW (Metro: Metro Center)

Dorchester County, MD is already experiencing the future that increasingly faces coastal areas worldwide — climate change and the related impacts of sea level rise and erosion. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100 — or sooner — as waters rise and erosion worsens. Dorchester is the coal miner’s canary; ground zero for the Chesapeake Region.

Thursday, March 22

Chasing Coral – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

In case you STILL haven’t seen it! Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Friday, March 23

Sylvia Earle’s Ocean Film Challenge – 7:00 PM

Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial)

A showcase of ocean shorts from filmmakers around the world.

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Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden - February 12, 2018

Brrrr…What better way to enjoy this cold weather than to go ice skating on the National Mall! Come meet other local divers and test your skills on the ice.

When: Monday, February 12, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM. We’ll try to get tickets for 7:00 PM. Come early and enjoy drinks in the cafe!

Where: The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink and Pavilion Café is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive near 9th Street.

The nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

RSVP: Facebook or email

More information: National Gallery of Art website

The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. Check with the shop for the latest updates.

Admission (two 45-minute sessions, beginning on the hour)

$9.00 adults
$8.00 for kids 12 and under, students with valid ID and skaters 50 and over

Skate and Locker Rentals
Skate rental: $3.50 (ID required)
Locker rental: $0.50 ($5.00 deposit required)

Layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves, and helmets (for beginners) are recommended.

Pavilion Café
With a panoramic view of the Sculpture Garden, the Pavilion Café’s menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Wine and beer are also available. Open Monday-Thursday until 7:00 PM.

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