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)
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)
NEW DATE: Physiology of Dive Fitness: Making Scuba Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
With the holidays behind us, does it feel like your wetsuit might have shrunk a size or two? Are you thinking about how your swimsuit will fit on your next scuba trip? Would you like to know how you can continue to improve your buoyancy and air efficiency? Join us for another discussion on making scuba diving part of a healthy lifestyle. Georgetown University professor of physiology and Blue Planet Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Ryan Downey, will lead an interactive discussion about scientifically validated ways to improve your body composition. We’ll talk about tips and tricks for fitness in your everyday life and ways to make improving your health as easy as possible. We’ll also talk about how your body composition affects your diving including buoyancy control, air consumption, and risk for scuba injuries such as DCS. Bring your questions for the Q&A!
When: Tuesday, February 5; 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet shop
**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.
February 16-20, 2019
4 nights + 6 Boat Dives
Join Blue Planet for the perfect winter weekend getaway to Providenciales, known as Provo, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Still relatively undiscovered, Provo offers warm weather, clear water, white sand beaches and miles of barely explored reefs.
March 16-23, 2019
7 nights + 10 Boat Dives + Shore Diving
Join us in one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets! Dominica is absolutely stunning both above water and below: green rainforest-covered mountains drop down to gorgeous pristine reefs. Between the diving, whale watching, hiking and other topside adventures, this is one trip you won’t forget.
April 13-22, 2019
9 nights onboard the M/V Valentina + 3-4 dives per day + all meals
Join Blue Planet for some incredible big animal encounters in Socorro, the “Mexican Galapagos.” These islands draw sharks, mantas, whales and pelagic fish in large numbers, promising a memorable week of diving from the M/V Valentina liveaboard.
The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro, is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide…like up-close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
There are plenty of sharks — hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, Galapagos and occasionally tigers. Divers have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! We may even get lucky and see whale sharks.
Add to the mix extremely large tuna, wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the best big animal diving on earth!
As the diving here is usually deeper and more challenging, each diver must have a minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent) and at least 50 dives. Enriched air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.
The M/V Valentina
The 125 ft long M/V Valentina will be our home base for this incredible trip. It has 10 air-conditioned cabins, each with an en-suite bathroom. The dining room offers excellent cuisine with a variety of Mexican, European and Asian dishes, and also an open bar with a choice of various soft drinks, tea, coffee and draft beer. Relax between dives on the large, partially covered sun deck, or enjoy the stars at night while floating in the middle of the ocean.
You should plan to fly in to San Jose del Cabo on or before April 13. We will check in to the boat between 3:00-6:00 PM. You can fly back any time after noon on April 22 — we will disembark after breakfast.
Double occupancy in a double or twin cabin ($3680 per person) with a private bathroom, air conditioning and personal entertainment system.
In addition to nine nights accommodation on the boat, the package includes:
- 3-4 dives per day
- all meals and beverages
- roundtrip airport transfers
- taxes and service charges
This does NOT include:
- Chamber support fee ($15)
- Nitrox ($120)
- rental equipment
- onboard purchases
Want to take a class ahead of the trip or on the boat? These are some great options:
- Enriched Air/Nitrox specialty
- Underwater Digital Photography specialty
- Deep Diver specialty
- Underwater Naturalist specialty
Sign up now!
May 4-8, 2019
4 nights + 9 Dives
Escape the cold and join Blue Planet for a long weekend of diving in Cozumel! One of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, Cozumel offers big reefs, warm water, great viz and a guaranteed good time. With up to 9 dives offered, you’ll be able to get the most diving possible out of your vacation!
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!