Seminar: Physiology of Dive Fitness - January 29, 2019

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

RSVP via Facebook or email

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Movie Night: Wonders of the Sea 3D - January 17th, 2019

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)

RSVP: on Facebook or via email

TICKETS: Buy tickets online now!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve got the perfect gifts for the diver and snorkeler on your list! Our staff have weighed in with their top picks to fit every budget.

Blue Planet gift certificateGift Certificates

Not sure what they might like? We offer gift certificates in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.

Special Deals
Stocking Stuffers
For the Dive Traveler
For the New Diver
For the Underwater Photographer


Special Deals

Free compass with select dive computer purchaseSave up to $300 on a Suunto D-Series dive computer

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!

 

 

On Sale

  • 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

Stocking Stuffers

4ocean bracelet4Ocean 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 KitReusable 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 HeadbandBUFF 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 Trilobyte cutting toolEEZYCUT 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.

Dry Case backpack
Dry Case dry backpacks (starting at $89)

Divers love to get underwater — but not so much their electronics. Keep your gear dry on the boat or on any adventure with these amazing drybags and backpacks. With high quality waterproof TPU materials, a two-way purge valve for inflation or compression and up to 20 liters of storage, we love to take them on all of our dive trips!

Reef Creature Identification ebookMarine Life books and ebooks (starting at $30)

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 packBigblue 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!

For the Dive Traveler

Fish ID Travel Edition“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 travel first aid kitDAN 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.

Stahlsac mesh duffel bagStahlac 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 Lifelife GPSNautilus 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.

NitroxPADI 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!

For the New Diver

DAN Surface Signaling KitSurface 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.

Suunto dive computersDive 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.

Neutral buoyancy turtle disapproves of your flailingPADI 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.

For the Underwater Photographer

GoPro Hero7 BlackGoPro 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 Flip5 Pro PackageBackscatter 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 AquaPodSeaLife 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.

Underwater photographersDigital 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.

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Blue Planet Scuba Holiday Party

Blue Planet Holiday PartyCome 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!

Silent Auction

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.

RSVP today!

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

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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Happy Hour: 2019 Dive Travel - November 20, 2018

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)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! See you at Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving Hours

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

Save on Suunto D-series computers

Gear sales and specials

Save on an EON Core or EON Steel with tank podInvest 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

Aqua Lung Fusion drysuitRental 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. 

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Go Pro / Go Tec Night - Saturday, December 1, 2018

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!

RSVP

We will be hosting this event on Saturday, December 1 from 5-7 PM. RSVP via email, on Facebook, or give us a call — 202-527-9419.

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Rock Creek Cleanup - November 23, 2018

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.

RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook, or just email the shop!

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Save up to $300 on a Suunto D-Series dive computer

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.

Big savings on all D-Series Wrist UnitsSuunto 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

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Movie Night: Wonders of the Sea 3D – January 17th, 2019

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We Need Your Old Masks, Snorkels and Fins!

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Contact Us

Blue Planet Scuba
1755 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

(202) 527-9419
info@blueplanetdc.com

STORE HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

CLOSED:
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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