Curious about one of our upcoming dive trips? Want to be the first to know what we’re planning for 2020 and beyond? Come to our next happy hour! Meet other local divers and learn more about some of the exciting destinations on our travel calendar.
We can also help you book your own trip anywhere in the world; stop by and we can chat about options.
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Location TBA
During these first few weeks of January, you might still be trying to put together a list of goals, resolutions, or intentions for the year ahead. One thing we hope continues to be top of mind for divers and non-divers alike, is the state of our planet and the role that each one of us plays as human beings living here. As a 100 Percent AWARE dive shop, we would be remiss if we didn’t make this a focus of some or our 2020 aims, and we encourage all of our divers to join us in this effort.
Here are some suggestions for your annual list:
Earn a Conservation-Focused PADI Specialty Certification
Divers who resolve to further align their knowledge and skills with ocean conservation, should consider one of our conservation-focused Specialty Courses.
Dive Against Debris will give you the skills to pay it forward to the ocean by helping to clean it up on every dive (#MakeEveryDiveCount). Coral Reef Conservation will help you appreciate the complexity of coral reef habitats as well as teach you how you can help conserve these vital ecosystems. AWARE Shark Conservation will train you to be a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for sharks, above and below the surface.
For the Master Scuba Diver, go a step further and become an ECO-Master Scuba Diver. This certification includes all of the specialty courses plus a few more including whale shark and sea turtle conservation.
Taking part in any of or all three of these PADI Specialty Courses will surely create positive change in your life as well as the lives of the animals that call the ocean home.
Reduce Single-Use Plastics
As divers, we are well aware of the negative impacts that plastics are having on the ocean. If you’re looking to incorporate more ocean-minded actions into your daily life this year, start with reducing single-use plastics (we can’t emphasize this enough!).
Minor everyday changes have the power to positively impact your health as well as the health of the ocean. Switch single-use plastics for reusables when it comes to everyday items like water bottles, bags, straws, and toothbrushes, and encourage others to do the same.
Speak up in your offices, your schools, churches and gyms – anywhere you see single use plastics being used unnecessarily. Often it only takes one person to recommend a small change that can make a big difference for our oceans.
Eat a More Plant-Based Diet
Overfishing, bycatch, and abandoned fishing gear are some of the most prevalent issues facing the ocean globally. Warming ocean temperatures and changing ocean chemistry – due to climate change – are also major issues threatening the health of our ocean planet.
Making minor changes that allow for a more plant-based diet has the power to make big waves of change when it comes to health and sustainability. As we move into the new year, bring your love for the ocean into decisions about what ends up on your plate.
Contribute to Ocean Conservation Initiatives
Whether you volunteer your time, directly donate money, or fundraise for an ocean conservation organization, investing in the ocean protects our blue planet and allows the dive adventures to continue.
When we work together, as a global network of divers and ocean-lovers, we truly have the power to protect and conserve the underwater world – especially when we incorporate the ocean and the strength of our community into our daily life and habits, starting now.
Original article published by PADI and can be found here. Reposted and edited with permission.
In lieu of our monthly happy hour and because Hollywood always accurately represents the underwater world…we’re heading to see the newly released movie Underwater!
It’s always a good time when divers get together and watch a movie about being underwater and this one should be no exception!
Hope to see you there!
WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:40 PM
WHERE: Regal Gallery Place (701 7th Street NW Washington, DC 20001)
Diving that Counts…How you are a Marine Citizen Scientist
Scientists track the quantity and quality of everything related to our oceans… marine life, coral reefs, plastics and debris, invasive species, algae blooms, tide levels, and so much more. BUT, with our oceans covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, marine biologists and oceanographers can’t be everywhere at once. They desperately need help recording the health of our Blue Planet. They need your help!
As a certified scuba diver, every time you dive, you see a part of the Earth, and all the living (and non-living) things it contains, that 99.93% of humanity can’t observe. This uniqueness gives you access to the raw data ocean scientists need to do their work. Without these data, and without your help, their studies would be incomplete and their conclusions possibly inaccurate.
Join us to learn some simple methods and resources (as easy and as handy as on your smartphone or diving slate) to make you, as a scuba diver, a Marine Citizen Scientist. Join us and learn how to help record the state of our oceans.
When: Wednesday, January 29 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Planet Scuba
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.
Plus don’t miss out on some AMAZING DEALS on course packages! But you must attend the event to take advantage of these.
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 20, 2020 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 warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.
Online Waiver: Please complete Rock Creek Conservancy’s online waiver by clicking here.
Not sure how to explain to your favorite aunt what kind of BCD you’d like, or even what a BCD is? Start your wish list with Blue Planet and we can make sure they get you exactly what you want!
STEP 1: Stop by the shop or give us a call. We can walk through everything you’ve been dreaming of — new gear, a class or even your next dive trip. We’ll add it to a registry under your name.
STEP 2: Tell your friends and family to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’ll share your list with them.
STEP 3: They can pay for their gift over the phone or online. We’ll work together to decide the best way to get your gift to you.
Don’t have time to come up with a list? We offer online gift cards in any amount good toward classes, gear, servicing or even trips.
We’ve got the perfect gifts for the diver and snorkeler on your list! Our staff have weighed in with their top picks to fit every budget. Order a gift card online today!
Get in the holiday spirit with Blue Planet at Sippin Santa’s Surf Shack, hosted at local tiki bar Archipelago! Meet new dive buddies, catch up with old friends and discuss all things diving. Blue Planet staff will be there to answer questions about upcoming trips and classes too.
When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Archipelago (1201 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009)
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, November 19, 2019 starting at 6:00 PM
Where: Lauriol Plaza (1835 18th Street NW)