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Boston sea rovers 2019

About the Boston Sea Rovers

The Boston Sea Rovers is a 501C3 not for profit volunteer organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of the marine environment. We are one of the oldest and most distinguished underwater clubs in America , and have a worldwide reputation of excellence. While the membership has changed repeatedly over the years, we still hold true to a pledge that was inspired in 1954, and we remain dedicated to “Raising the Level of Knowledge of the Underwater World”. In order to achieve this lofty goal, the early members of the club designed and invented the first underwater film show available to the general public. They called that first production a Clinic, and we have held the event every year since.
The Clinic now comprises an entire weekend, which is typically the second full weekend in March. The event is held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel-Boston North Shore. The Clinic consists of a world renowned film festival where international underwater film makers present and premier their most recent works, over forty daytime seminars covering a wide variety of topics, workshops focused on hands-on training, and an exhibit hall filled with equipment, travel destinations, dive clubs, and more.

Exhibitors
Come see us at Booth 31 & 31!

Daytime Seminars
We recommend seeing:
Taveuni and the Kingdom of Tonga by Andrew Martinez
The Glow Below by Charles Mazel
Has Jaws Come Home by Greg Skomal
Captain Kidd, Petroglyphs, Elephants & Guns: Finds in the Connecticut River by Annette Spaulding
Saturday Night Film Festival
This is surely one of the best parts of the whole weekend. This year boasts big names like Sylvia Earle, Robert Ballard, Brian Skerry, Joe Romeiro, Roger Munns, Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet. This years film festival is a MUST SEE!

Buy Tickets Here

Local Event: Diving the Mid Atlantic Range

THURSDAY NIGHT – DEC 13th

A Tale of 2 Islands – Diving the Mid Atlantic Range
Presentation by Faith Ortins of Blue Green Expeditions
Avid diver, longtime Froggie member, and wonderful friend, Faith Ortins, will be presenting at the Dec 13th NSF Club Meeting this week. Please join us for a wonderful evening as Faith shares with us a story of two islands (The Azores and Iceland)
Both islands sit on the mid-Atlantic Ridge, but have very different ecosystems – above and below the water. But both are uniquely beautiful thanks to the geothermal activity that has shaped them.
They will both be on your bucket list after this!
Friends and Family of the Froggies are invited for this wonderful event. Please park in the Shetland Park area and be courteous to our hosts at Palmers’s Cover Yacht Club by remaining in the presentation room for the event.
PCYC, 74 Leavitt St, Salem, MA 01970

Bonaire Film to be Shown in Salem

BONAIRE: The Island Saving Its Coral Reefs with George Buckley

WHEN: November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Salem Athenaeum  337 Essex St   Salem, MA 01970

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members, Free for students with ID.

CONTACT: Salem Athenaeum  978.744.2540

Film Screening and Discussion

In a world of uncertainty, one of the ecosystems emblematic of the need for balance is the coral reef. Bonaire Bonanza is a success story of good reef management on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where scientists and citizens work together to manage and protect the reefs. This documentary by George Buckley and Dutch filmmaker Edward Snijders won the Palme d’Or Award in Marseilles.

Tonight’s screening of Bonaire Bonanza includes a discussion session with George Buckley who narrated and advised on the film.

George Buckley is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He is an expert scuba diver who has led hundreds of students to study the sea. He has been a long-time Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and chief scientist on some two dozen Earthwatch Expeditions on marine ecology and field studies on coral reefs, bay ecology, horseshoe crabs, fresh water clams and land snails. He is the Chairman of Bonaire’s Accolade Foundation and Director of the Marine Ecology Project.

His awards include the Palme d’Or for his film Bonaire Bonanza, the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Diver of the Year. It was when he worked on the award-winning NOVA TV program, “The Sea Behind the Dunes,” that he began his career in environmental filmmaking.

Bonaire: The Island Saving Its Coral Reef with George Buckley

Undersea Divers on Boston Voyager!

 

Link to Article on Boston Voyager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Boyle.

Whitney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our company was founded by Bobby Boyle, my father in 1986. My father certified me as a diver back in 1998 and whisked me off to his favorite tropical island, Bonaire. I immediately fell in love with the sport. I would dive with him locally as well as on family vacations to different islands as my mom and sister were also certified divers. I went to business school and graduated in 2008 when the economy fell through. I decided to come work for my father while I looked for open positions. I loved being able to work with him, be able to use my recent degree and of course be involved with a business surrounded by my favorite thing, the ocean. In a tragic twist, my father passed away in 2015 from a mitochondrial disease. I knew I wanted to keep the family business going, so I decided to take over as owner.

To be able to continue my fathers legacy, along with my passion for the sport meant the world to me. Taking over the business was a challenge, due to the abrupt loss of our fearless leader and being put into a position I didn’t know how I would handle. With my father’s past advice, our dedicated staff and the loyal customer base we have, we all joined forces to make this the best company it could be. Since then our company has grown every year, we have changed to a bigger location and our customer base has grown. We are thriving and enjoying every minute of it. We have a strong love for the ocean and being able to share that with others and bring them into this fun and exciting sport gives us great joy.

Has it been a smooth road?
We have faced many challenges as a small business. From the loss of our founder to the economy declining to the fact that internet sales seem to be taking over everything. It is harder than ever in today’s world to be a brick and mortar store. I think any small business owner would say that it is not a smooth road and never will be. You have to be able to adapt to the ever-changing economy and social trends.A few things we have found to give us success is treating customers and staff well, be genuine, listen and always go above and beyond.

Your work environment and attitude are crucial to success. Behind the scenes, I would say don’t try too many things at once, focus and execute and never spend what you don’t have. Of course taking risks will need to happen, but they need to be calculated well thought out risks. Lastly, never be complacent. Just because it worked before, doesn’t mean it will always work. Stay on top of trends and consumer needs and always strive to be better. Of course, there will be missteps but it is how you react to those and adapt which will set you apart.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Undersea Divers story. Tell us more about the business.
Our company is mainly a scuba diving facility but we also focus on snorkeling, swimming, and travel. We provide Scuba Certifications of all levels, we have a repair and maintenance department for gear, we run dive/snorkel travel around the world and lead group dives in our local New England waters as well as have a store that’s packed with fun gear.

I’m proud to say we are best known for our family-like community. When you dive/snorkel/swim with us you become part of our Undersea family, you are not just an average consumer. The groups of people we have are the best. We see new friendships being created every day, new fears being conquered, new goals being reached. It’s a very supportive, enthusiastic community. We take great pride in introducing people to the underwater world. To see someone experience diving for the first time gives us great joy. They get out of the water, a smile from ear to ear and then they tell us what they saw, how amazing it was, how the feeling of breathing underwater is otherworldly… nothing is better than that.

We are also known for our dive travel. We travel all around the world but our favorite and most popular destination is the island of Bonaire. We run trips there twice a year. Practically everyone that goes to Bonaire with us has come back for a repeat trip. We have known the island like the back of our hand. we handle all of the arrangements for you so all you have to do is have fun in the sun! We love bringing divers to new destinations and creating memories they will never forget.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Scuba diving was very popular back in the 80’s and 90’s. The industry saw a decline in the early 2000’s but over the past 5 years, we have seen an increase. We hope that the industry gains even more popularity over the next few years. We believe we see this increase due to more awareness of the ocean, whether it be the popular BBC Blue Planet Series or getting information faster via social media. Scuba diving is a great family sport, especially on vacations. We are seeing the parents who were certified years ago now bringing in their kids who are now of the age (10 years old and up) to scuba dive so they can all enjoy the water together. The certification courses are now easier to take, with e-learning sessions for time and convenience along with a shorter time span. Courses used to be 6 to 8 weeks long which is hard to fit into everyone’s busy schedules, now we have courses where you can get certified in just 4 days, making it easier for people.

Pricing:

  • Try Scuba $20: Try scuba in the pool before you take the full certification course
  • Open Water Diver $594 (Beginner Certification)
  • Refresher Course $150 ( For those certified who have been out of the water for a while)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver $395 (Course has taken after the Open Water Diver for more challenging dives and depths)

Contact Info:

       

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Cape Ann Diver 2: CHARTERS BEGIN IN MAY!

We have some GREAT NEWS for the diving community. The 45 ft Cape Ann Divers Boat was purchased by a very good friend of ours Jonathan Morneau! He is an exceptional diver and captain with a great enthusiasm for the ocean that is infectious. He has announced the new website where you can find all of the information for charters. Start booking those dive trips before they fill up for the season! We know you will love his operation!

Check out his website where you can see a list of dive sites, how to book (right online) and information about Mr. Morneau himself!

We are excited to be chartering his boat this summer. We will list our charter dates soon!

Captain Jonathan Morneau!

 

 

SPRING SALE Details!

It’s that time of the year again. Here are all of the details for our upcoming Spring Sale! Please note if you want to talk/see Whitney at the sale she will be there Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-12:30pm. If you cannot make it to the sale, no problem, just shoot us and email or give us a call to make other arrangements. We hope to see many of you there!

 

Marine Life Mobile App Seminar!

Marine Life of the North Atlantic

MOBILE APP SEMINAR

By: Andrew Martinez

Date: May 16th, 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Undersea Divers Store

Most of you recognize the Marine Life book above, we know it is our favorite. It is jam packed with marine life, scientific names, and information. We use this book to look up new critters, make notes of where and when we saw them, and figure out marine life names. We are excited to announce that Andrew has now taken all of the amazing information in his book and created a Mobile App! On May 17th, Andrew will be presenting his new app, it’s functions and how to use it. Bring your friends, everyone is welcome!

Want to check out the App right now?! It is available for IOS download and will soon be offered for Andriod platforms.

ABOUT THE APP

Marine Life of the North Atlantic presents easy to use and cleverly designed field guide that unveils marine life of the region from Northern Canada to Cape May, New Jersey.
Marine Life of the North Atlantic is a unique tool, which you can carry in your pocket, that allows divers, students, teachers, citizen scientists, and beachcombers to have and to share information of observed marine organisms of the covered region. It is the most comprehensive field guide expertly designed for easy recording and sharing of all your observations. The book section of this app is divided into clear, color coded and easy to navigate chapters/phylum.
The SEARCH feature is uniquely designed to allow you to narrow the search within each chapter or to explore the entire book.
DIVE RECORD
This feature is a pictorial record of the plants or animals you have seen during your dive or just a walk on the beach it is not designed to replace your traditional dive log. It is a wonderful tool for divers, citizen scientists, and lovers of nature to record their observations of marine life when and where they were found.
Is a simple and easy to use function that gives you ability to keep a unique record of your personal observations and share your discoveries with others.
LIFE LIST
With this app you have a unique opportunity to create a personal Life List that you can sync among all your mobile devices.
The Follow feature allows you to create a “bucket list” of plants and animals that you would like to see. When another user records an animal on his/her dive record that is on your Following List, you will receive a notification indicating where and when it was observed.
The “Notifications” section is dedicated to inform you of all upcoming dive related activities, such as club meetings, dive trips, classes and sales. The events that you choose to save can be easily added to your personal calendar.
This mobile app is a modern field guide that allows the user to see and compare many images of an animal that you are investigating. This makes identification or observation of a behavior much easier. In order to experience beyond the capabilities of a book and take full advantage of this app, an annual subscription will be necessary. This will allow the user to benefit from creating, using, and saving your Life Lists, communicating observations, and sharing notifications of observed marine life with others. This sharing of information greatly enriches the distribution of knowledge of our marine world. The annual subscription is $ 12 US dollars/year, ($1 dollar a month.)
We have been able to present this application and subscription to you at such a low price because we are relying on your support. The subscribers will help us to continue to pay for the servers and the communication in the cloud. This will greatly help unite us in our common goal of preserving of the marine world.

Boston Sea Rovers Show: THIS WEEKEND

The Boston Sea Rovers show is this weekend in Danvers at the Double Tree by Hilton. This is an annual show that hosts seminars, exhibit hall, workshops and the ever popular film festival. We will be there with a big booth, so make sure you stop by to say hello to us!

Location & Show Times 

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

FREE PARKING

Saturday:
Daytime Programs: 8:45AM – 5:00PM
Film Festival: 8:00PM – 10:30PM
(Film Festival doors open at 7:30PM,
seating is first come first serve)

Sunday:
Daytime Programs: 9:15AM – 4:30PM

Seminars
Our daytime presentations form the backbone of our show. In two days we host over 40 speakers covering a myriad of diving and marine related topics. Each hour there are three simultaneous lectures being held on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. You get to choose which speaker or topic you would like to see based on your interests.

Exhibitors
Scuba Gear manufacturers, travel destinations, local dive shops and clubs!

Film Festival
The jewel of each annual Clinic is our Saturday Evening Film Festival. The Sea Rovers take pride in the fact that we have continuously blazed the trail in the underwater world, premiering more speakers and presentations from our stages than any other show.