For a limited time, receive a free Tank Pod with the purchase of a Suunto EON Steel computer. This is a $439.95 value!
Offer is valid beginning March 24, 2017 through May 31st, 2017. Stop by the shop for yours today!
Join the Blue Planet Stream Team, the Rock Creek Conservancy and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 9th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, in coordination with the 29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017 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.
All of the videos you have seen that were shot on a GoPro probably look amazing right? Most of those were probably shot above water, or on the surface correct? Once underwater, things get a bit tricky. Join us as Heather, our GoPro expert, lets you in on the secrets she’s discovered having used this fantastic camera around the world!
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 PM Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet Shop
Come try the Hollis Explorer Rebreather! The unit is neither a fully closed circuit Rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilizes the best of both worlds. It’s compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use.
Rebreathers reuse the gas you exhale by recycling the good part and replenishing it for your next breath. This means your gas supply is significantly larger in a compact package compared to what you can carry in a scuba tank for conventional open-circuit scuba diving. It’s a huge benefit that allows longer dives.
Another benefit is the quiet factor. Underwater photographers really like it because they can approach aquatic creatures that would ordinarily shy away from bubble noise. Also, because you breathe gas that’s been warmed by you and the recycle process, rebreather diving keeps you warmer – a bonus in cool water.
When: Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Gallaudet MSSD Pool
Prerequisites: You must have a basic nitrox certification and complete a liability release and Medical Waiver before the course meets. Minimum age is 18 (or 15 with parental consent).
Cost: $50 per person. If you buy a unit or sign up for a class within 30 days of the demo, you’ll receive $50 off either.
Sign up: Due to the limited number of demo units available, space is very limited and prepayment is required. Please call or email the shop to sign up.
It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 25th DC Environmental Film Festival running March 14-26. Many of the films at this year’s festival deal with the underwater world.
Wednesday, March 22
Pristine Seas: Wild Galapagos – 7:30 PM
National Geographic Society
1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
If you can’t join us, here are a few that we think you may be interested in as a diver:
Wednesday, March 15
Carnegie Institution for Science
Elihu Root Auditorium
1530 P St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle)
Tuesday, March 21
A Plastic Ocean – 6:30 PM
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)
Sunday, March 20
Vamizi: Cradle of Coral – 5:30 PM
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)
For a limited time, receive a free SK-8 compass with the purchase of a Zoop Novo wrist dive computer or a Zoop Novo Combo!
Offer is valid beginning February 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2017. Stop by the shop for yours today!
Have you ever been frustrated on a dive boat because everyone around you seems to be a better diver? Or maybe you have seen someone diving and wish you dived as well has she/he did? Well, now’s your chance to get on the path to diving expertise!
Join Blue Planet instructors as we discuss everything you ever wanted to know about how to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest recreational dive rating (the “black belt” of scuba diving). We’ll review popular specialty classes as well as the Rescue Diver course — one of the most challenging and rewarding classes every diver will ever take.
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 starting at 7 PM
Come join us as Lindsay Laughner, OCEARCH Education Ambassador, speaks with us live from MV OCEARCH!
OCEARCH is a global leader in gathering data (telemetry and biologics) on Great White Sharks and other keystone marine species. It also provides a collaborative environment onboard MV OCEARCH, an at-sea laboratory, where researchers, institutions and expert fishermen come together to safely capture, tag, and release these ocean giants on a specialized hydraulic lift. You can watch OCEARCH and its collaborating scientists work together during the tagging of Mary Lee, a 16 foot 3500 pound Great White Shark that was tagged off Cape Cod, MA here.
Lindsay is a teacher and volunteer on the OCEARCH education team. In this capacity, she uses the OCEARCH Global Shark Tracker to enhance the OCEARCH STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum to inspire future generations to be better stewards of the ocean. She has joined OCEARCH on three expeditions, and has collaborated with researchers and scientists to create content that replaces fears with facts and reveal the truth about these balance keepers of the ocean.
For more information about OCEARCH, to download the Global Shark Tracker, or the free STEM curriculum, please visit this site.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM
Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)
We get it…warm water diving is great! But how many amazing dives sites are you missing out on if you aren’t willing to dive in cooler water? Extend your dive season and expand your options by learning the basics of cold water diving. We will discuss the gear you need, how to plan your dives and some of the exciting places you can go!
When: Wednesday, January 25; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
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!