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.
Join the Blue Planet Stream Team, the Rock Creek Conservancy and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 11th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, in coordination with the 31st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.
When: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Meet up in the parking lot across from Pierce 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.