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!
Training, gear and sites to dive in cooler waters
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 joys and basics of submerging yourself in sites outside the tropic. Valerie will discuss the gear you need, how to plan your dives and some of the exciting places you can go! Umm, California dreaming, anyone??
When: Tuesday, October 22 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
Enjoy the last of the warmer 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, October 15, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Mellow Mushroom; 2436 18th St NW (near the corner with Columbia Rd NW), Washington, DC 20009.
Mark your calendar and get ready to come on in to the shop on Saturday, September 28th for our Fall Clearance Sale! We’ve pulled together discontinued or overstocked items that need to go and are offering them at super-low prices. This is a one-day sale so be sure not to miss it!
Trade in your old dive computer for 20% off a new Suunto computer
Buy an Aqua Lung BCD + regulator and get a free octo or Airsource!
Amazing BCD + regulator + computer packages from Aqua Lung
Plus so much more…
20% off all wetsuits, including special orders
50% off select fins
60% off select masks, fins and boots
60% off select BCDs
60% off select dive lights
Amazing prices on used rental gear:
80% off Aqua Lung 7mm wetsuits
60% off Aqua Lung drysuits
70% off Aqua Lung i300 dive computers
60% off Aqua Lung Titan LX regulators (first and second stage plus ABS octo)
In celebration of the ocean, the second annual AWARE Week is taking place around the world September 14-22, 2019. Aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, a full week of conservation activities and actions will take place.
Blue Planet has teamed up with Project AWARE and PADI to host a week full of activities for divers and other ocean-lovers in DC. From AWARE courses focused on tackling ocean pollution, to creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, to empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, all are welcome — fins on and fins off.
Check out the schedule below and sign up for an event today!
Friday-Sunday, September 13-15
Wreck Diving in North Carolina — Earn the Fish ID or AWARE Shark Conservation Diver specialties! (FULL)
Tuesday, September 17
Project AWARE Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Thursday, September 19
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty — Bring a friend for free!
Saturday-Wednesday, September 21-25
Coral Restoration trip to the Florida Keys — Earn the Coral Restoration Distinctive Specialty, Fish ID and AWARE Shark Conservation Diver!
Saturday, September 21
International Coastal Cleanup: Dive Against Debris @ Sandy Point State Park
Sunday, September 22
International Coastal Cleanup @ Rock Creek Park
Here are 4 reasons you should join us for this event…
1) It’s the International Coastal Cleanup day! Join thousands of volunteers around the world and keep our seas trash-free.
2) It’s AWARE Week! All week long we’ll be hosting events for divers who want to protect our oceans.
3) Earn a specialty! 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 Specialty and getting one step closer to your Master Scuba Diver rating.
4) Non-divers are welcome too! Your friends and family can help pick up trash along the shore while we search underwater.
When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM
Where: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 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!
Do you want to stay down longer and enjoy the surroundings? Dive computers enable you to do that and should be at the top of every beginner or advanced diver’s list! Whether you’re picking out your first computer or you’re ready to replace your old one, this is a great opportunity to learn about key features, latest advancements and answer the questions: What do the numbers on the screen mean and why should I care?
When: Tuesday, September 24 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
Join the Blue Planet Stream Team in cleaning up our adopted portion of Rock Creek Park as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup!
WHEN: Sunday, September 22 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: Meet up in the parking lot across from Peirce 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.
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.
IMPORTANT: Please click here to be directed to an online waiver which all attendees must complete!
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)