In celebration of the ocean, the first ever AWARE Week is taking place around the world September 15-23, 2018. Aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, a full week of conservation activities and actions will take place.
Blue Planet has teamed up with Project AWARE and PADI to host a week full of activities for divers and other ocean-lovers in DC. From AWARE courses focused on tackling ocean pollution, to creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, to empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, all are welcome — fins on and fins off.
Check out the schedule below and sign up for an event today!
Sunday, September 16
International Coastal Cleanup @ Rock Creek Park
Tuesday, September 18
Happy Hour: Make your dives count – REEF and Citizen Science
Wednesday, September 19
Project AWARE Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Thursday, September 20
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Sunday, September 23
Dive Against Debris @ Sandy Point State Park
Part of our celebration of AWARE Week 2018!
Come find out how to Make Your Dives Count through REEF and Citizen Science. Neil Ericsson, a volunteer fish surveyor for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), will talk about how surveys are done, and how marine biologists and policymakers use the data collected to make a difference in protecting our underwater environment. Surveying is also a great way to “give back” while learning more about marine life and making every dive count!
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)
Join us for a special AWARE Week Dive Against Debris!
Volunteer your time and save $75 off the Dive Against Debris Specialty! Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it.
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 starting at 9:00 AM
Where: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.
Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.
RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!
Physiology of Dive Fitness: Making Scuba Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
Join us for a 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 on making sure you’re fit to dive and that your fitness will keep you healthy and diving for years to come. We’ll talk about tips and tricks for fitness in your everyday life and what exercises you can do to improve your diving. We’ll also talk about how to incorporate your workouts during travel and how to integrate them with your diving. Bring your questions for the Q&A!
When: Tuesday, September 25; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
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.
In lieu of our monthly happy hour, we’re going to mix it up with a movie. Join your dive buddies to catch the latest summer sci fi action flick, The Meg. It has diving, a giant prehistoric shark and Jason Statham. What’s not to love?! Don’t wait — buy your ticket in advance.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 14 – 7:30 PM showing
WHERE: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 (701 Seventh Street NW, Washington DC 20001)
TICKETS: Buy tickets online now!
You don’t have to hop on an airplane to experience great diving! Come learn about the best local sites and the pros’ secrets to exploring them. We’ll discuss dive conditions, attractions, what gear to bring and the skills you need to make the most of the experience. The local dive season is in full swing — plan your next weekend adventure now!
When: Tuesday, August 21; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
Ready to invest in a new underwater camera, or a video light? Take advantage of these great savings from SeaLife! Offer valid August 1 through October 31, 2018 or while supplies last.
Enjoy summer weather with Blue Planet divers on the rooftop at Mellow Mushroom, a pizza joint in Adams Morgan. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great food and drinks.
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Mellow Mushroom; 2436 18th St NW (near the corner with Columbia Rd NW), Washington, DC 20009.
Have you heard about the PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge? Complete the requirements for this elite rating by September 30, 2018 and you could win a trip to Roatan! Join us for this special seminar to learn more about the MSD rating and how Blue Planet can help you meet your dive goals this summer. RSVP below!
When: Tuesday, July 24; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop