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The Physiology of Extreme Diving: The Science and Technology of Pushing the Human Body to the Limits
Why do recreational divers have a limit of 130 feet? What is the deepest a diver has ever been on scuba? How deep can a human actually dive? Georgetown University professor of physiology and Blue Planet Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Staff Instructor, Ryan Downey, will lead an interactive seminar discussion where we take a look at how humans have pushed scuba diving to the extreme limits of human physiology and technological innovation. We’ll also talk about how pushing these limits have changed the way that recreational divers approach scuba. Bring your questions for the Q&A!
When: Tuesday, April 23 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
In lieu of our monthly happy hour and in honor of Earth Day, we’re going to mix it up with a movie. Join your dive buddies to catch an episode or two of Our Planet, a new documentary series on Netflix from the makers of the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series.
Voiced by Sir David Attenborough, the series will showcase the world’s incredible species and most at-risk habitats in ways they have never been seen before—from ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests.
More than just a showcase of the planet’s wonders, Our Planet aims to inspire people around the world to understand the natural world as never before. WWF worked with Netflix and Silverback Films to ensure Our Planet is supported by the latest ground-breaking science and highlights the Earth’s most pressing challenges.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Blue Planet’s shop (1755 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Bring a lawn chair or pillow and some beverages! We’ll have popcorn and other snacks.
There’s never been a better time to invest in a new dive computer!
For a limited time, save on the Suunto Zoop Novo — only $299!
Offer valid March 15-May 15, 2019.
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Vyper Novo – $599.95
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And get the wireless tank pressure transmitter for only $399.95
Interested in our upcoming adventures? Curious what a Blue Planet trip is like? Or maybe you need help planning your own getaway? Join us to learn more about our 2019+ travel schedule to some of our favorite destinations.
We can also help you book your own trip anywhere in the world; stop by and we can chat about options.
When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet Scuba (1755 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)
It’s that time of year again! We’re excited to see the lineup for the 2019 DC Environmental Film Festival running March 14-24, 2019. There are over 100 screenings and programs, including world premieres and discussions with experts and artists.
Sunday, March 24
Sharkwater Extinction – 2:00 PM
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 (METRO: Dupont Circle, Red Line)
This thrilling, inspiring, and action-packed journey follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often-violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Shark finning is still rampant; shark fin soup is still being consumed on an enormous scale; and endangered sharks are being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late. But exposing illegal activities isn’t easy; protecting sharks has earned him some powerful enemies.
May 25-June 1, 2019
7 nights + 9 boat dives + unlimited shore diving + truck rental (and free Nitrox!)
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire. Part of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an oasis for divers. The island has been a Marine Protected Area since 1979 and is teeming with life. And the best part is that almost all of the dive sites are accessible from shore!
June 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 boat dives + island excursions
Join Blue Planet for a week of world-class diving in Tobago. Just north of Venezuela and south of Grenada, this modest island is home to just over 50,000 people. But its small size belies its reputation for big diving. With hard and soft corals, macro critters and pelagics, there’s something for everyone. Plus hiking, paddling, nesting sea turtles and more topside adventures!
June 28-July 2, 2019
4 nights + 6 Boat dives + shore dives just hours from DC
Join Blue Planet on Florida’s Palm Beach and Singer Island for world class diving. Just a 2.5 hour flight from DC, you can fly down Friday and be back in town by Tuesday and still get up to 14 boat and shore dives in!
July 5-7, 2019
3 days of 2-tank boat dives
Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of world-class wreck diving off the coast of North Carolina. Swirling schools of silvery fish and docile sand tiger sharks await you. We’ll be diving from Morehead City, which is conveniently located and has access to wrecks famous for sand tiger sightings.
July 20-27, 2019
7 nights + 11 boat dives + shore diving + coral restoration
Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and exciting recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Whether you are newly certified or an advanced diver, diving is easy, accessible and offers an array of experiences for everyone. Dive a wreck, wall, pier and reef all in one day! We’ll also be offering coral restoration training and dives for any citizen scientists on the trip.