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AWARE Week 2019!

Happy AWARE Week 2019!

As a 100% AWARE dive shop we here at Blue Planet DC are especially excited for AWARE Week 2019 and we hope you are too. To kick off the week, let’s take a brief look at the history and mission of Project AWARE.

What is Project AWARE?

Project AWARE began as a set of environmental ethics held by PADI instructors and incorporated into the PADI teaching methodology. These included the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Environment which were originally called the 10 Ways. In 1989, PADI founded Project AWARE as a separate non-profit entity fully focused on protecting our oceans.

Today, Project AWARE is involved in marine conservation efforts around the world. This includes supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to the protection of sharks through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as well as providing small grants to communities researching ways to protect and conserve the ocean. A full list of Project AWARE’s partners and alliances can be found here.

In addition to the active role it plays in different marine conservation efforts globally, Project AWARE provides educational tools to dive shops, tour operators and divers. As divers are often the first to witness changes in the ocean that can be overwhelming, tools like the Project AWARE “10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Environment” can prove beneficial.

What are the “10 Tips”?

What can you do right now?

First, sign the Project AWARE pledge, download your personal copy of the10 Tips, and join us and many of your fellow divers dedicated to ocean protection.

Then, follow Blue Planet on Instagram and Facebook all week as we explore the Project AWARE 10 Tips each day and how to apply these tips to our diving habits and our everyday life. We’ll be sharing information about ways to get involved with conservation, ongoing research, current events in marine conservation, as well as lots of Blue Planet classes and trips.

And finally, sure to stop by the shop and check out all of the Project AWARE classes we offer and join us for a local clean up. There are lots of ways you can take action this week!

Happy AWARE Week 2019!

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World Oceans Day - Dive Against Debris - June 8, 2019

Join us for World Oceans Day as we Dive Against Debris

Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it. Let us know if you are interested in the Dive Against Debris Speciality!

When: Saturday, June 8, 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!

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Learn how to become a Dive Pro - Saturday, March 30, 2019

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. Our PADI Course Director Derek Freres will be here to answer all of your questions.

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.

RSVP

We will be hosting this event on Saturday, March 30 from 5-7 PM. RSVP via email, or give us a call — 202-527-9419.

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February Happy Hour: Winter Social

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, February 19, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM

Where: Lauriol Plaza (1835 18th Street NW)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

 

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February Seminar: Blue Planet Open House

Have a friend who’s been thinking about trying diving? Or maybe you’re new to the area and want to see what Blue Planet is all about? Come learn about all of the aspects of our dive community! Whether you’re interested in taking your skills to the next level, learning how to become a professional diver, ensuring the gear you are using is top notch or traveling around the world with us, we can get you there!

Join us for some wine and snacks and chat with the Blue Planet pro team. We can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your interests, or run an informal Q&A about training, travel, gear and conservation efforts. Please RSVP!

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM

Where: Blue Planet Scuba (1755 S St. NW)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

 

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Rock Creek Cleanup - MLK Day of Service UPDATED!

**BE ADVISED, we have updated the meeting location for the event due to the government shutdown. SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED LOCATION. The National Park Service has requested there be no organized volunteer activities in Rock Creek Park, therefore we will be helping Rock Creek Park by cleaning up the communities nearby.**

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity for the MLK Day of Service? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Honor Dr. King’s legacy and give back to our community through keeping our waterways clean.

When: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: 2801 Quebec St NW. Parking available in the lot and on street. Parking might be limited, so volunteers are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation. MetroRail access is available from Red Line at Cleveland Park.

What to bring: Please dress appropriately for the weather. Layers and a hat to prevent exposure to the cold is recommended. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers. We recommend long pants and sleeves to prevent contact with poison ivy. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

Registration: Please click here to register up for this event.

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

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Saving Seabirds - June 5, 2018

Join us June 5th for an evening at National Geographic! We will be heading over to their headquarters to see famous photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak talk about some of the world’s most amazing seabirds including, penguins, albatross, and puffins!

National Geographic magazine photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak journeyed to some of the planet’s most remote islands for a feature in the July 2018 issue. Get an inside look at the story to learn why the world’s majestic and ecologically critical seabirds—penguins, albatross, puffins, and hundreds of other species—are vanishing, and learn what we can do to help.

Originally trained as a marine biologist specializing in human-wildlife conflict, National Geographic magazine photographer THOMAS P. PESCHAK became a wildlife photojournalist after realizing he could have a greater conservation impact through photographs than through statistics. His work now focuses on documenting some of the planet’s most critical marine and island conservation stories. Thomas has shot eight feature articles for National Geographic magazine and is currently photographing his next two stories on some of the world’s most remote islands. A National Geographic Explorer, he is also a founding/associate director of the Manta Trust, the former director of conservation for the Save Our Seas Foundation, and a senior fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. Thomas has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo awards.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where: National Geographic Live Washington, D.C. (1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Tickets: Starting at $25. Purchase tickets here. These shows usually sell out!

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend! We’ll try to meet in the lobby and grab seats together. RSVP via Facebook or email us.

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Exploring the Deep - April 10, 2018

Join us April 10th for an evening at National Geographic! We will be heading over to their headquarters to see ocean engineer Grace Young talk about the technologies that she is helping to develop to better explore the ocean.

“Ocean engineer Grace Young, National Geographic Explorer, has lived underwater in her quest to better understand and protect the sea. View stunning imagery of the marine life she’s encountered, and learn how the cutting-edge technologies she’s developing are transforming the ways we see and explore the ocean.

“An ocean engineer, aquanaut, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, GRACE C. YOUNG has developed technologies that help us better understand the ocean, including underwater robots and camera systems that record fish populations, 3-D map ice shelves and coral reefs, and photograph marine life in ways the human eye cannot see. She’s developed technology for NASA, CERN, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She’s currently refurbishing a deep-sea submarine for manned expeditions into the ocean’s unexplored depths. A graduate of MIT with a degree in mechanical and ocean engineering, Grace is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University. In 2014, she spent 15 days living underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base as the youngest aquanaut on Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31.”

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where: National Geographic Live Washington, D.C. (1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Tickets: Starting at $25. Purchase tickets here. These shows usually sell out!

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend! We’ll try to meet in the lobby and grab seats together. RSVP via Facebook or email us.

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Go Pro / Go Tec Night - Friday, February 9, 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 Friday, February 9 from 7-9 PM. RSVP via email, on Facebook, or give us a call — 202-527-9419.

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia Liveaboard -- WAITLIST

December 14-21, 2019

7 nights onboard the Samambaia Liveaboard

*1 spot available — female share*

Join Blue Planet as we explore some of the best diving in the world in the mega-diverse Raja Ampat region. The trip will visit muck sites, oceanic and inshore reefs from the beautiful Phinisi liveaboard. Don’t wait — this trip will fill up fast!

Click here to learn more and sign up!

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Washington, DC 20009

(202) 527-9419
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