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Aqua Lung: Simply Free Octopus or Airsource

Simply Free. Buy any qualifying* Aqua Lung Regulator & BCD, and get a FREE Octopus or Airsource!

  • Excludes the Aqua Lung Calypso Regulator, Wave BCD, and All Aqua Lung Packages. Offer valid August 15, 2019 – October 31, 2019 or while supplies last at participating Aqua Lung retailers in the U.S and Canada. Not valid with any other specials or promotions.
  • For the octopus, you will get the matching octopus for the regulator that you purchased. For example, if you buy a Legend regulator, you get the Legend Octopus or a free Airsource.
  • This offer extends to Apeks too!




Categories: Gear Specials, News

Take the 2019 Master Scuba Diver Challenge

Become a Master Scuba Diver and you could win a dive vacation!

Become a PADI® Master Scuba Diver™ and join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. A Master Scuba Diver rating places you among an elite group in which fewer than 2% of divers ever join. Your Master Scuba Diver Card is proof that you’ve invested significant time in your dive training, accumulating scuba experiences and skills that allow you to maximize your potential and ability for underwater exploration and adventure.

To take the challenge, earn your PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating from August 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019 and you could win a dream dive vacation at any Beaches Resort with locations in Jamaica (Ocho Rios & Negril) and Turks & Caicos.

The prize package includes:

  • Luxurious accommodations for 2 adults and 2 kids (age 15 and under)
  • Unlimited 5-Star Global Gourmet Dining at world-class restaurants
  • Unlimited Premium Liquors & Wines
  • Daily & Nightly Entertainment with beach parties, stage shows, live bands & more!
  • Unrivaled Land & Watersports including daily scuba diving for certified divers.
  • Free Wi-Fi, All Tips & Resort Taxes, Beaches Airport Transfers & more!

View official rules for more details. (Coming soon!)

How do you become a Master Scuba Diver?

Blue Planet has raised the stakes for Master Scuba Diver hopefuls…

Earn your Master Scuba Diver rating with Blue Planet between January 1, 2019-December 1, 2019 and you’ll be entered to win a Suunto EON Core dive computer!

Suunto EON Core



Categories: News

Happy Hour: Why Sharks Matter - August 27, 2019

Feeling inspired by Shark Week? Come to this special talk by Dr. David Shiffman to learn more about sharks, the threats they face and how we can help protect them as divers.

Dr. David Shiffman is a marine conservation biologist studying sharks, and an award winning conservation biologist. He’s written for the “Washington Post” and “Scientific American” and has a monthly column in “SCUBA Diving” magazine. Follow him on Twitter @whysharksmatter where he’s always happy to answer any questions anyone has about sharks.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)

RSVP via Facebook or email



Categories: Conservation, Events, News

It's July! Time for the Great Annual Fish Count

Make a difference in marine conservation — join REEF’s Great Annual Fish Count! Every July, divers and snorkelers across the world join to learn about marine diversity and conduct fish surveys as a part of REEF’s ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project.

In honor of the occasion, Blue Planet will be offering a special on Fish ID classes:

REEF Fish Identification Travel EditionSign up for a Fish ID class in the month of July and once you complete your 2 training dives with Blue Planet on a trip, we’ll give you a free copy of the Reef Fish Identification (Travel Edition): Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida!

  1. Sign up for the AWARE Fish ID specialty class with us.
  2. You can complete the classroom training with us on Thursday, July 25 or another time; we hold classes every month.
  3. Then join us on any of our trips and we can complete your two training dives. We’ll teach you the basics of fish identification and how to run your own fish surveys and then report your results to REEF.

How does this help conservation efforts?
Once your survey information is submitted online to REEF, the data are processed via REEF’s standardized data management and quality control protocols and then are uploaded into a centralized database that is available on REEF’s website. In addition to use by the general and diving public, the data are available to scientists and resource managers.



Categories: Conservation, Events, News

Happy Hour: ANXO Cidery - July 16, 2019

Enjoy summer weather with Blue Planet divers on the patio at ANXO. Share dive stories, meet new buddies and relax with great food and drinks.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar (Truxton Circle location: 300 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.



Categories: Events, News

PADI Women's Dive Day - July 20, 2019

Join the ladies of Blue Planet for a special Dive Against Debris!

Although pretty much every day is Women’s Dive Day here at Blue Planet, we’re joining divers all over the world to celebrate women in diving! This year we’re heading back to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis for a Dive Against Debris followed by brunch.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM

Where: Sandy Point State Park1100 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!



Categories: Cleanups, Conservation, Events, Local Diving, News

Seminar: Travel tips for dive trips - June 25, 2019

Ready to explore the world….underwater? Whether you’re thinking about your first dive vacation or you’re an experienced dive traveler, join us for this seminar to learn more and share tips for planning and packing for dive trips. Warm water or cold water, weekend getaway or multi-week excursion, our dive pros have done it all and can recommend their favorite lightweight, travel-friendly gear for both below and above the water.

Aqua Lung travel gearWhen: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet shop

RSVP via Facebook or email








Categories: Events, Gear Reviews, News

Happy Hour: Mellow Mushroom - June 11, 2019

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, June 11, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: Mellow Mushroom; 2436 18th St NW (near the corner with Columbia Rd NW), Washington, DC 20009.

RSVP on Facebook or via email.



Categories: Events, News

New dive computers from Aqua Lung, Shearwater and Suunto

Thinking about investing in a new dive computer? Now is a great time to take advantage of new features and functionality!

Shearwater Teric

$1095; Transmitter: $350

The Teric is Shearwater’s entry into the watch-style dive computer lineup. Its gorgeous, full-color screen is highly customizable and straps are available in 6 different colors. Comes with a charging base so you can plug in and charge on the go — no battery change required!

  • Shearwater TericModes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Freedive, Trimix, CC/BO
  • Maximum depth: 656 ft.
  • Up to 2 air-integrated transmitters
  • Rechargeable up to 30 hours
  • Integrated digital compass
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarms audible & vibration
  • Customizable screens
  • Online firmware updates
  • Buhlmann GF
  • Shearwater App

Aqua Lung i770R

$899; Transmitter: $399

The most tech-savvy diver will appreciate the i770R’s cutting-edge ultra-bright TFT color screen and its wireless Bluetooth connectivity packaged into a robust, functional, and compact design. Monitor all your information with the easy-to-use interface and intuitive 3-button navigation. Standard features include a rechargeable lithium battery, 3-axis full-tilt compass, easy three-button navigation, multiple gas capability and 4 operating modes.

  • Aqua Lung i770RModes: Air, nitrox, gauge, and freedive
  • Maximum depth: 328 ft.
  • Up to 4 air-integrated transmitters
  • Alarms
  • Color screen
  • Bluetooth
  • Diverlog app
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Pelagic Z+
  • Software updates

Suunto D5

$849-$899; Transmitter Pod: $439

The new Suunto D5 is designed to be so clear and easy-to-use that you can just enjoy and focus on exploring the wonderful underwater world. Play with style by changing the strap to match your looks. After diving, connect wirelessly to the Suunto app to re-live and share your adventures with friends.

  • Suunto D5Modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, and Freedive
  • Maximum depth: 328 ft.
  • Backlight LED
  • Up to 3 air-integrated Suunto PODs
  • Alarms, audible and vibration
  • 3 nitrox mixes
  • Customizable
  • Integrated digital compass
  • Bluetooth
  • DM5 & Suunto apps
  • Rechargeable battery 6-12 hrs
  • Fused RGBM
  • Firmware updates

Aqua Lung i200C


The i200C is an intuitive, sporty computer with versatile features and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. With its fresh design, you’ll find yourself wearing the i200C as an everyday sports watch that is ready to dive when you are. Features 4 operating modes, a user-changeable standard battery, as well as no restriction switching between Free & Dive modes. Easily connect to the free Diverlog+ app to digitally log your dives and manage computer settings. Available in 6 colors to match your gear or stand out on the dive boat.

  • Aqua Lung i200CModes: Air, nitrox, gauge, and freedive
  • Maximum depth: 328 ft.
  • 3 nitrox mixes
  • Alarms, audible and Hi Visibility LED
  • User changeable battery
  • Saves last 24 dives
  • LED
  • Bluetooth
  • Pelagic Z+
  • Software updates


Categories: Gear Reviews

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