August 2016 Newsletter

aug 2016 NEWS

 

Hello Divers!

This past month was a BLAST! The weather was great, the water was warm and we have had abundant marine life. The surface temp is sitting in the high 60’s. A goosefish was spotted at Folly Cove & Old Garden which was a treat. There is talk about Torpedo Ray’s around the Folly Cove area as well.

This past month’s Photo Meeting was fun with a presentation by Steve Coffill with images from his last trip to Bonaire. Ellen Garvey gave us a great explanation of how color is affected by depth and how to shoot to get the best true colors in your images.

Dive Society has been extremely fun this year with many new faces. Our groups are getting big with an average of 15 divers per dive. Many new friendships have been made.

You will see a new face around the shop and in the water. We welcome Shawna Copp as a fantastic addition to our team. She is a PADI instructor who will be leading Dive Societies. She has been a PADI Instructor in Hawaii for the past 10 years but is a local girl who loves cold water as well.

For the month of August we have many Open Water Diver classes being conducted. We also plan on scheduling some night dives at Back Beach to view the squid so stay tuned and check your emails for dates and time. We will be scheduling more boat dives for September as well, so stay tuned!
Happy Diving!

-Undersea Divers

 

Boat Dive Schedule

bOAT dIVE FEATURE SLIDESHOW

All dives are 2 tanks dives and cost $80. A certification card is required for all dives. No gear is provided, but if you need to rent you will get 50% off rental gear for these dives.

August 20th: Picket Ledge & Salt Rock

Dive Leader: TBD
8:00am 2-Tank Dive
$80

August 27th: Folly Cove/Folly Cove

Dive Leader: TBD
8:00am 2-Tank Dive
$80

How to Register:
Call 978-927-9551

* Does not include any tanks and weights. You can rent them if you need too at half price.

 

Become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

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Want to go on a scallop charter or dive on deeper wrecks? Become a PADI AOW Diver and never miss out on a dive again!

This class has been filling quickly so we have added a new class on

August 24 – 25 – 27 – 28

Click here to learn more about the PADI AOW Class.

 

NEW! Aqualung Mesh Duffel Gear Bag

The Aqua Lung Explorer Collection: Mesh Duffel is the perfect excursions bag for your dive trip. The padded air mesh walls protect your delicate gear while also allowing it to dry quickly. The front side of the bag has anchor loops for mounting easy access gear with carabiners or securing your bag to the deck of the boat. The compact design folds to 3 x 9.5 x 14.5 in (8 x 24 x 37 cm) for easy packing on long trips. The Tarpaulin sleeve pocket is designed to hold small items and also provide a dry spot for your hip while carrying the bag. Only $45!

NEW! Aqualung XShot Fin Now Comes in Yellow

The X Shot Fins are an evolution in diving. Technologies proven successful with the SlingShot and HotShot fins have been incorporated into the X Shot to offer the ultimate in comfort and performance through innovations such as the mid-foot pivot to eliminate foot and toe fatigue often experienced by divers and the “Power Transmission Zone” for efficient kicking. The X Shot comes standard with the Aqua Lung Spring Straps for easy don and doffing. This fin is the ultimate in hybrid technologies, offering an easy kicking fin for your dives while providing optimal power with each kick. $169

NEW! Bob The Fish T-Shirts & Hats!

Hats $25
T-Shirts $25

New Species of Scorpion Fish Discovered in the Caribbean. 

Researchers from the Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) recently discovered a new species of scorpionfish off the coast of Curaçao. Inhabiting depths of 95-160 meters, the fish has never been found by scuba divers that frequent Caribbean reefs, as they can only reach depths up to 50 meters. Dr. Carole C. Baldwin, the lead scientist of DROP, explained, “The 50-300 m tropical ocean zone is poorly studied – too deep for conventional SCUBA and too shallow to be of much interest to really deep-diving submersibles.” Continue Reading..

Tips for Saving Air

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Do you breathe your tank down faster than your buddy? Scuba Diving magazine gives us 5 diving tips to help conserve your oxygen and extend your bottom time.

Continue Reading Here. 

 

What’s with The Long Second Stage Hose?

Close view of the hands of a diver preparing his diving equipment

One of the questions I hear most often when I dive with new people is some version of the one above: Why do you use such a long second-stage hose?

The curiosity is natural. I use an almost 6-foot-long hose between my first stage (the one that attaches to the tank valve) and my primary second stage (the regulator mouthpiece that I breathe from). And to make things even weirder, my secondary second stage (the backup regulator mouthpiece, or octopus) is on a very short hose, meaning it doesn’t reach down like it does on most divers; rather, it attaches to my BCD.

Note: When I teach entry-level dive courses, I switch to a more common setup, as I need to demonstrate how to recover the regulator and use the octopus, so I only use this setup on my own dives, and for advanced courses.

So to the average open water diver, this set up does indeed look a bit strange. But there’s a good reason for it. Continue Reading…

Sharks at Risk: 2016
Jean-Michel’s Great White Shark dive from Sharks at Risk

Frogfish Finds Nemo

Dive Roatan: New Trip!

We had such an amazing trip to Anthony’s Key Resort in Roatan last April we are going again! We will be headed back to Roatan February 18th -25th, 2017. The best news is we have an ever better deal this time around! They are offering Buy 1 Spot, Get the Second FREE!


Join us for exotic marine life, beautiful bungalows that sit at the water’s edge and fantastic dining at this all inclusive resort. Below outlines what this fantastic trip has in store for you. By the time you finish reading this, you will already be thinking of booking your plane ticket from cold snowy weather to sun glistening water and palm trees swaying in the island breeze. Don’t miss the chance to make wonderful memories for you and your friends and family.

 

Dive Indonesia:

Interested in going on the trip but need a roommate? We have 1 female looking for a roommate as well as 1 male.
 We are excited to announce our first trip ever to South Asia. This area of the world is known for its incredible and unique diving. Not only will you travel to one of the most beautiful places to dive, you will also have Andrew Martinez as your photo guide to make sure you come home with some amazing photos and videos. It is incredibly hard to get a trip of this magnitude for such a great price! Don’t miss this trip of a lifetime! The trip dates are March 23rd – April 2nd, 2017.

Dive Dominica

Join us in Dominica November 5th – 12th, 2016. We will be staying at a small resort called Castle Comfort. Not only is this destination EXCELLENT for diving, offering diverse marine life and underwater terrain but the island has so much more to offer such as numerous hikes to waterfalls and gorges, whale watching, zip lining and more!

Dive Bonaire

For over 25 years Undersea Divers has been running trips to this “Diver’s Paradise” and divers have been coming back year after year. If you’ve never been to Bonaire, don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience pure diving freedom. Bonaire’s pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. Because the waters around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it used to be – untouched and unspoiled. We head back there December 3rd -10th, 2016.

Dive Society Photos

 
Here are some shots from Jim Barbara using his Sealife Micro Camera. Some images are him using the new Super Macro lens along with some photos from our July Dive Society dives.

 

Upcoming Classes

PADI Open Water Diver

(Class & Pool

Sessions)
August 2-4-9-11
August 13th & 14th
August 27th & 28th

 

PADI Drysuit Diver
Can Be Scheduled on Request
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
August 24-25-27-28
 
PADI Rescue Diver
TBD
PADI Equipment Specialist 
Can Be Scheduled on Request
 
PADI Enriched Air Diver
Anytime!
PADI Discover Scuba
August 3rd  6:30pm