Physiology of Dive Fitness: Making Scuba Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
With the holidays behind us, does it feel like your wetsuit might have shrunk a size or two? Are you thinking about how your swimsuit will fit on your next scuba trip? Would you like to know how you can continue to improve your buoyancy and air efficiency? Join us for another discussion on making scuba diving part of a healthy lifestyle. Georgetown University professor of physiology and Blue Planet Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Ryan Downey, will lead an interactive discussion about scientifically validated ways to improve your body composition. We’ll talk about tips and tricks for fitness in your everyday life and ways to make improving your health as easy as possible. We’ll also talk about how your body composition affects your diving including buoyancy control, air consumption, and risk for scuba injuries such as DCS. Bring your questions for the Q&A!
When: Tuesday, January 29; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
In lieu of our monthly happy hour, we’re going to mix it up with a movie. Join your dive buddies to catch this one-night-only showing of Wonders of the Sea 3D. From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean Michel Cousteau and his children Celine and Fabien embark on a voyage to discover the ocean as never before seen and learn more about the threats that put our ocean at risk. Don’t wait — buy your ticket in advance.
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 (701 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC 20001)
TICKETS: Buy tickets online now!
Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
Now through December 31, 2018, all Suunto D-Series wrist computers are on sale. That includes the DX, D6i Novo, D4i Novo and D4i. Take advantage of this special offer while supplies last!
- 50% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof hooded vests, longsleeve shirts, socks and beanies
- Up to 30% off select Big Blue dive lights and sets
- 20% off SP Gadget POV cases for GoPro cameras
- $150 off Rescue Diver + DAN DEMP course combo
- Buy a SeaLife camera and receive a free pool session with an instructor
- Buy an AquaLung drysuit and receive the Drysuit Diver course for free
- Buy an Apeks sidemount kit (BCD + regulators) and receive the Sidemount Diver course for free
- Plus clearance pricing on rental camera kits, drysuits and dive computers
4Ocean bracelets ($20)
1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean every year. 4Ocean is on a mission to stop it, and you can help! When you buy a bracelet made from 100% recycled materials, it represents one pound of trash that you removed from the ocean.
Reusable Utensil Kit with Straw ($22)
Whether you’re going to the office or on a trip, this utensil kit is the perfect pairing for your adventure. Includes everything you’ll need to stay plastic free for everything you love doing. A handy carabiner on the back lets you clip wherever you may roam, perfect for a busy lifestyle and our precious planet.
BUFF Multifunctional Headwear (starting at $15)
Get that hair under control! The BUFF® UV Multifunctional Headband offers thermal efficiency, built-in sun protection, seamless construction and the moisture-wicking performance of COOLMAX® PRO fiber. Comfortable as a headband and wearable nine different ways, this versatile multifunctional headband is the choice for hot summer runs, rides, hikes and dives!
EEZYCUT Trilobite Cutting Tool ($25)
A cutting tool is an essential piece of scuba equipment, and none is easier to carry and use than this one. All of our staff wear at least one of these on their BCDs. They are perfect for cutting through fishing line, nets or even webbing or suits. And they’re super safe and easy to use, even with gloves on.
We have yet to meet a diver who doesn’t love looking through these invaluable guides after a dive. Any of these books are sure to be treasured gifts, but if your diver prefers to travel light, you can now purchase ebook versions of many of the guides! The ebooks can be used on Apple laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, tablets and Windows based computers.
Bigblue dive light combo pack (starting at $180)
Ready to experience the thrill of a night dive? Or peek under ledges to see who’s hiding there? This is the perfect primary plus back-up light starter kit for new divers or those just ready to upgrade their light equipment. The primary 1200 lumens light is one of our favorites with an aluminum housing, interchangeable LED head, 4 level push-button on/off switch, battery-level indicator and rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery. The AL250 is a great bonus!
*Save up to 30% on all in stock Big Blue Combo packs, while supplies last!
“Reef Fish Identification TRAVEL EDITION: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida” by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach ($30)
Are airline weight restrictions forcing you to leave your prized Reef Fish Identification book at home? The digital age is upon us, but divers still want a book in their hands when they return from a dive to look up the fishes they encounter. At 3/4 of a pound, this travel edition is the answer!
DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit ($20)
There is no easier way to improve readiness for emergencies in remote settings than to bring a first aid kit. The presence of a few important items can make a big difference in an injured person’s ability to continue a trip. The DAN Grab & Go Travel First Aid Kit is stocked with a supply of high quality components to help you deal with injuries while waiting for help to arrive.
Stahlac bag (starting at $40)
No diver should be without a boat bag on a trip! This packable, breathable mesh duffel bag from Stahslac is a staff favorite. It’s perfect for throwing in your suitcase and then stowing all of your gear once you arrive. And it’s great for containing overflow for the plane ride home — perfect for a damp wetsuit or dirty laundry.
Nautilus Lifeline GPS ($199)
Keep your favorite diver safe with the updated Nautilus Lifeline. Broadcast your GPS position and a distress message to all AIS equipped ships up to 34 miles away, as well as a special DSC message to the marine radio on your own vessel. Peace of mind for only $199.
PADI Enriched Air Diver course ($175)
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. Doesn’t every diver want to stay down longer and get back in the water sooner? Elearning option is available!
Surface signaling device (starting at $35)
An essential piece of equipment for any diver, a surface marker buoy (safety sausage) ensures the boat can find you if you get separated from the group. You can start with the basic 4′ model or go all out with the DAN Surface Signaling Kit, complete with a reflective panel, signaling mirror, marine whistle, safety light and multiple ways to inflate.
Dive Computer (starting at $299)
When anyone asks us what a new diver should invest in first, we always suggest a dive computer. This is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can own! It monitors your dive time, depth and no decompression limits while recording your dive profile for logging and future dive planning. It’s an essential tool that none of our staff ever dives without.
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course ($195)
Achieving good buoyancy control is a fundamental dive skill and also one of the hardest to master. This course is all about determining your ideal weighting and trim and learning the techniques needed to glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. If you can’t complete the whole course right away, we offer buoyancy clinics in the pool throughout the year.
GoPro HERO7 Black Camera ($399)
Take your underwater video to the next level with the HERO7 Black. Shoot Ultra 4K video with Hyper Smooth stabilization. Tough as nails and waterproof down to 33ft without the separate Super Suit. Voice control, 12 MP HDR Super photo, live streaming and so much more. This is our favorite camera for stunning underwater video.
Backscatter FLIP6 Filter Kits for GoPro (starting at $39)
Dramatically improve your underwater photos and videos with these custom-made filter systems for the GoPro HERO3 all the way through the latest HERO7. The rugged, aircraft-grade aluminum frame allows you to easily switch between any 2 filters on the same dive. And the Pro Package includes the +15 MacroMate lens, a must for getting all those nudibranchs in focus!
SeaLife AquaPod (on sale!)
The SeaLife AquaPod allows for close up underwater photos and videos while maintaining a comfortable distance between you and your subject. It’s ideal for exciting shark images and video, as well as easily frightened ocean species. The AquaPod extends from 18” to 53” (46cm – 135cm), is corrosion resistant and salt-waterproof and includes both a ¼-20 mount (for SeaLife and other cameras) and a GoPro camera mount.
Digital Underwater Photography Post-Production Diver course ($175)
Now that you’ve taken all of those amazing photos, how do you organize, edit and share them? This course is a great introduction to one of the best tools available for photo editing! An instructor will walk you through the beginning steps and features of Adobe Lightroom to enhance your underwater photographs plus import, organize and develop/enhance your photos. Plus this counts as a specialty towards Master Scuba Diver.
Come 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!
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.
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
Curious about one of our upcoming dive trips? Want to be the first to know what we’re planning for 2019 and beyond? Come to our next happy hour! Meet other local divers and learn more about some of the exciting destinations on our travel calendar.
We can also help you book your own trip anywhere in the world; stop by and we can chat about options.
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)
The Blue Planet Scuba shop will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you enjoy the time with your family and friends.
Thursday, November 22, 2018 – CLOSED
Friday, November 23, 2018 – CLOSED
Small Business Saturday
We will be open on Saturday for Small Business Saturday. Stop by to take advantage of great sales and specials on gear.
Saturday, November 24, 2017 – OPEN 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Gear sales and specials
- Save up to $300 off any D-Series Suunto dive computers
- Buy a Suunto EON Core or Steel dive computer and save $400 on the Tank POD
- 30% off in-stock 2017 Aqua Lung AquaFlex 3mm wetsuits
- 50% off in-stock Sharkskin Chillproof products
- Save 20% when you buy a neoprene hood and glove set from Henderson or AquaLung
Invest in gear and save on training!
- Buy a SeaLife DC2000 camera and receive a free pool session with an instructor ($250 value)
- Buy an Aqua Lung drysuit and receive the PADI Drysuit Diver certification course for free ($250 value)
- Buy a Hollis or Apeks sidemount kit (BCD and regulators) and receive the PADI Sidemount Diver certification course for free ($395 value)
- Save $150 when you sign up for our PADI Rescue Diver + DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) combo package
Rental gear close-outs
- SeaLife camera kits
- Aqua Lung i300 dive computers
- Aqua Lung Fusion Sport drysuits
*Based on availability. Suunto offers valid through December 3, 2018 for the Tank POD’s and December 31, 2018 on the D-Series, or while supplies last. Promotions and discounts cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer.
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!
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.
Come have a swirl margarita with us at a local favorite. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great food and drinks.
When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Lauriol Plaza; 1835 18th St NW (at the corner with T St), Washington, DC 20009.
Don’t miss this amazing deal from Suunto! For a limited time, all Suunto D-Series Wrist Units are on sale. Take advantage of this special offer while quantities last. Offer valid October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.
Suunto DX: Now only $1,449 – $1,849
Suunto D6i Novo: Now only $974 – $1,074
Suunto D4i Novo: Now only $649
Suunto D4i: Now only $499