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)
Has it been a while since you were in the water? Need to test out some gear? Practice a few skills? Or just blow bubbles? Join us for Open Pool Day!
Open Pool Day
You asked, and we listened. We realize your surface interval between dive vacations may sometimes be longer than you intended. For $25, you can frolic in the pool for a couple of hours; tank and weights included. Need rental gear? Get a package for $25.
Want to improve your buoyancy? Join one of our instructors for an in-water clinic to perfect your weighting and trim, hone your hover, reduce your air consumption and more. $50 includes the clinic and practice time plus tank and weights. Need rental gear? Get a package for $25.
Saturday, November 16 from 1-4 PM
Sunday, November 17 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, November 24 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 7 from 3-6 PM
Sunday, December 8 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 14 from 3-6 PM
Sunday, December 15 from 3:30-6:30 PM
Where: Gallaudet MSSD pool (near the NoMa Metro station on the Red Line)
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after your Thanksgiving feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek and #OptOutside! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.
When: Friday, November 29, 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. See map here.
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.
Save over $300 when you bundle a Suunto D5 or EON Core dive computer with a wireless transmitter pod. Offer valid November 1 – December 31, 2019.
I am a buoyancy expert
As some of the few people on the planet lucky enough to see the underwater world up close it is up to us to encourage responsible behavior both on dives and on the surface by modelling these good behaviors ourselves.
This can mean ensuring we have perfect underwater buoyancy in order to help protect delicate ecosystems. Marine life is often far more fragile than we imagine which makes good buoyancy control critical every time you dive. Even one bump from a fin or brush of a hand can destroy decades of coral growth or cause harm to a plant or animal. Additionally, excellent buoyancy uses less air which in turn allows you more bottom time – something we all love!
But gliding effortlessly through the water, perfectly neutral and in control can be tricky, which is why PADI developed the Peak Performance Buoyancy class to help speed up your ability to maintain excellent buoyancy on every dive. Given the importance of good buoyancy both for you and our underwater ecosystem, we encourage every new diver to take this class and then log as much dive time as possible as buoyancy expertise really comes with practice, practice, practice.
I am a role model
As a diver, you see firsthand the results of carelessness and neglect underwater. Set a good example in your own interactions so that others can learn from you. As a Project AWARE role models, we:
- Proactively care for the aquatic environment
- Passively interact with underwater environments and animals
- Indirectly teach and inspire others to conserve and respect the ocean and its inhabitants.
Some examples of these behaviors might include things like:
- Taking the PADI Project AWARE Course
- Taking extra care while taking photos or video underwater
- Never touching marine wildlife
- Using tools like the Green Fins member guide to find dive shops and boats that encourage role model behavior in their staff and guests
- Speaking about the importance of awareness both on land and underwater at a local school or community group
- Making good ecological choices whenever you can both while diving and in everyday life, such as picking up trash and disposing of it properly
Take the first step today to become a more AWARE diver by taking the Project AWARE 10 Tips Pledge.
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.
There’s never been a better time to invest in a new dive computer!
Suunto has dropped their prices across the board in order to be more competitively priced with the market, making their high performance products more accessible to our divers!
Looking for a computer with more features? Check out the new, lower prices on these best-sellers:
Suunto’s iconic Zoop Dive computer
Was $329 – now $299
Suunto’s Vyper Novo is a step up from the Zoop with an added digital compass and optional air integration.
Was $729 – now $474.95
All D4i Series computers come with optional air integration and loads of color options!
Was $825 – now $499.95
A step up from the D4i Series dive computers is the D6i Series. With a metal housing, the D6i Series comes with a digital compass and optional air integration.
Was $1174.95 – now $999.95
Suunto’s EON Core represents the new direction of future dive computers. The EON Core is rechargeable, has a color LED screen and connects via Bluetooth to your mobile device for logging dives! And of course it has optional air integration!
Was $999.95 – now $899.95
After the success of the EON Core, Suunto unveiled the D5. The wrist watch sized version of the EON Core with many of the features of the larger version. You can also change out the wrist band for a huge selection of offerings from Suunto!
Starting at $849.95
While the EON Core and D5 use a different system for air integration, the Suunto Transmitter works with all the D Series computers and the Vyper Air.
Was $449.95 – now $399.95