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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Save on the Suunto Zoop Novo

One of Suunto’s most popular dive computers is on sale! The Zoop Novo is easy to use, nitrox-capable and perfect for the new diver or the experienced diver looking for a dependable, affordable back up computer.

Now through May 15, 2018 (or while supplies last), you can save $30 on the Zoop Novo! Don’t miss this great deal on an excellent dive computer!

Special price on Suunto Zoop Novo

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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).

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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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

RSVP via Facebook or email

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"Blue" dive gear for Earth Day

It’s almost Earth Day! Which scuba manufacturers are doing their best to protect our ocean planet?

One of the ways Blue Planet incorporates conservation into our mission is to consciously support companies that are trying their best too. See below for some that we have featured:

4Ocean bracelets4Ocean

It’s not pretty, but somebody’s got to do it! The women and men at 4Ocean are cleaning the coasts and oceans of all sorts of debris every day. The most prevalent trash? All sorts of single-use plastics that we consume at a rapid rate! Since plastic will never naturally degrade in our ecosystems (just break down into smaller and smaller pieces), it is extremely important to remove larger pieces before they get too small to be seen.

What: Some of the material that is collected by 4Ocean gets turned into cool bracelets! Purchasing one supports funding for the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and therefore also the efforts of 4Ocean. Pick up one today at Blue Planet and show everyone that you care about marine debris!

JAWS packJAWS

Just Add Water Solutions has been providing environmentally-friendly solutions for water sports since 2005. Their formulas are non-toxic and biodegradable, and they work! As divers, we use JAWS products for everything from mask scrub and defog to wetsuit and BCD cleaner.

What: Take your defog and gear cleaning solutions to the next level! They even offer options that create less foam while cleaning, leading to less overall water usage!

Stream2Sea

Stream2Sea products

Finally! We have been waiting years for a sunscreen that does not harm the ocean creatures we are trying to see! Sometimes divers must take matters into their own hands and create solutions. This is the case with Stream2Sea. As a cosmetic chemist and diver, Autumn Blum devised a way around the harmful chemicals that are usually the go-to for sunscreen manufacturers. Instead of using a traditional nano-sized titanium dioxide, she uses a non-nano sized titanium dioxide molecule that does not penetrate the cells on invertebrates.

What: The Steam2Sea line includes sunscreens, shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, lip balm, body lotion and sting-relief gel. A full line of products that can be used without feeling guilty!

Fourth Element ThermoclineFourth Element

Creating quality products that have a limited impact on the environment is a common goal for many manufacturers. Fourth Element has taken this a step further – having a positive impact rather than just a reduced impact. Their OceanPositive line of products incorporates material created from reclaimed nylon ghost fishing nets pulled from the ocean. This is the first part of their Mission 2020 goal to eliminate all single-use plastic from their product packaging and developing more products made from recycled materials.

What: We are extremely excited to carry Fourth Element products! Their OceanPositive line includes swimwear, rashguards and Thermocline wetsuits and pieces. They also offer a full line of drysuits, undergarments, luggage and clothes.

 

 

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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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