Not sure how to explain to your favorite aunt what kind of BCD you’d like, or even what a BCD is? Start your wish list with Blue Planet and we can make sure they get you exactly what you want!
STEP 1: Stop by the shop or give us a call. We can walk through everything you’ve been dreaming of — new gear, a class or even your next dive trip. We’ll add it to a registry under your name.
STEP 2: Tell your friends and family to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’ll share your list with them.
STEP 3: They can pay for their gift over the phone or online. We’ll work together to decide the best way to get your gift to you.
Don’t have time to come up with a list? We offer online gift cards in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
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. Order a gift card online today!
Get in the holiday spirit with Blue Planet at Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack, hosted at local tiki bar Archipelago! Meet new dive buddies, catch up with old friends and discuss all things diving. Blue Planet staff will be there to answer questions about upcoming trips and classes too.
When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Archipelago (1201 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Pretend you’re on a dive trip with a frozen margarita or mojito! Join divers in a relaxed atmosphere talking about past and upcoming trips. Meet new dive buddies and ask any questions you may have to Blue Planet Staff that will be hanging out too!
When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Lauriol Plaza (1835 18th Street NW)
Has it been a while since you were in the water? Need to test out some gear? Practice a few skills? Or just blow bubbles? Join us for Open Pool Day!
Open Pool Day
You asked, and we listened. We realize your surface interval between dive vacations may sometimes be longer than you intended. For $25, you can frolic in the pool for a couple of hours; tank and weights included. Need rental gear? Get a package for $25.
Want to improve your buoyancy? Join one of our instructors for an in-water clinic to perfect your weighting and trim, hone your hover, reduce your air consumption and more. $50 includes the clinic and practice time plus tank and weights. Need rental gear? Get a package for $25.
Saturday, November 16 from 1-4 PM
Sunday, November 17 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, November 24 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 7 from 3-6 PM
Sunday, December 8 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 14 from 3-6 PM
Sunday, December 15 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Where: Gallaudet MSSD pool (near the NoMa Metro station on the Red Line)
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after your Thanksgiving feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek and #OptOutside! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.
When: Friday, November 29, 2019 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.
Save over $300 when you bundle a Suunto D5 or EON Core dive computer with a wireless transmitter pod. Offer valid November 1 – December 31, 2019.
I am a buoyancy expert
As some of the few people on the planet lucky enough to see the underwater world up close it is up to us to encourage responsible behavior both on dives and on the surface by modelling these good behaviors ourselves.
This can mean ensuring we have perfect underwater buoyancy in order to help protect delicate ecosystems. Marine life is often far more fragile than we imagine which makes good buoyancy control critical every time you dive. Even one bump from a fin or brush of a hand can destroy decades of coral growth or cause harm to a plant or animal. Additionally, excellent buoyancy uses less air which in turn allows you more bottom time – something we all love!
But gliding effortlessly through the water, perfectly neutral and in control can be tricky, which is why PADI developed the Peak Performance Buoyancy class to help speed up your ability to maintain excellent buoyancy on every dive. Given the importance of good buoyancy both for you and our underwater ecosystem, we encourage every new diver to take this class and then log as much dive time as possible as buoyancy expertise really comes with practice, practice, practice.
I am a role model
As a diver, you see firsthand the results of carelessness and neglect underwater. Set a good example in your own interactions so that others can learn from you. As a Project AWARE role models, we:
- Proactively care for the aquatic environment
- Passively interact with underwater environments and animals
- Indirectly teach and inspire others to conserve and respect the ocean and its inhabitants.
Some examples of these behaviors might include things like:
- Taking the PADI Project AWARE Course
- Taking extra care while taking photos or video underwater
- Never touching marine wildlife
- Using tools like the Green Fins member guide to find dive shops and boats that encourage role model behavior in their staff and guests
- Speaking about the importance of awareness both on land and underwater at a local school or community group
- Making good ecological choices whenever you can both while diving and in everyday life, such as picking up trash and disposing of it properly
Take the first step today to become a more AWARE diver by taking the Project AWARE 10 Tips Pledge.
Pumpkins. And zombies. Underwater.
Join Blue Planet for a weekend of Halloween fun at Dutch Springs! In addition to our regular classes, we’ll be running a couple of new specialties in honor of the season.
- Open Water Diver
- Advanced Open Water Diver
- Rescue Diver
- Underwater Pumpkin Carving
- Zombie Apocalypse Diver
- plus other specialties
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
Yes, it’s a specialty! Learn how to enhance your underwater pumpkin carving skills while maintaining proper buoyancy, keeping all of your appendages intact and having fun with your dive buddies! There will be prizes for most original design, scariest pumpkin and more. Course fee: $95
Zombie Apocalypse Diver
Are YOU ready for the zombie apocalypse?! If not, join us at Dutch Springs October 28-29, 2017 for a fun and challenging dive course to hone your skills for an impending apocalypse. You will learn about Zombie Biology and History, Types of Zombies and Real Life Zombies, plus Survival Skills, Buoyancy Skills, Search and Recovery Skills, Rescue and First-Aid Skills. Course fee: $195
Time to get your Halloween scare on! Come meet other local divers and get scared silly at Markoff’s Haunted Forest with Blue Planet. The forest trail is a pure adrenaline rush, and it only gets better year after year!
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM (meet at the shop at 5 PM or meet us at Markoff’s, time TBD)
Markoff’s Haunted Forest
19120 Martinsburg Road
Dickerson, MD 20842
How much: $25 and up — Tickets are available online now: https://app.calleva.org/tickets/. Don’t wait — that evening WILL sell out!
FYI the Haunted Forest is a fundraiser for Calleva. The funds raised go towards a variety of scholarships, school discounts, and developmental projects. Get skeered while doing good!