Local Events

Underwater in Salem Sound: Local Lecture Series

We aDr. Brad Hubeny, professor of geologic sciences at Salem State University, shown here coring in Salem Sound with graduate students, is one of the featured speakers in this year's Coastwatch speaker series.re excited that Salem Sound Coastwatch and Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library are sponsoring the “Underwater in Salem Sound” lectures again! The lectures will be held the last Wednesday of every month, January through April. These lectures are FREE and held at the Abbot Public Library at 7:00pm. 

February 26th: “History Revealed by the Sea Floor” presented by Dr. Brad Hubery

March 26th: “Changing Climate, Changing Fisheries” presented by Dr. Mike Armstrong

April 30th: “Shellfish, Shellfish Everywhere and Not a Clam to Eat” presented by Barbara Warren.

For more details on the presenters and topics head over to: http://www.salemsound.org/events.html


For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or email info@salemsound.org.

Dive Site Profile: Back Beach

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If you ask people to ramble off some of the better known dive sites in Cape Ann, you will probably hear the name Back Beach. Back Beach is located on Beach Street, just outside downtown Rockport.  This dive site is known as the mecca of check-out dives. You ask us why that is it? Simple, there is parking, easy entry and exit and a gradual sloping bottom among many other things. Here is an overview of this well-known and loved dive site.

Bottom Composition:
Back Beach features a gradual slope down with maximum depths between 20ft – 30ft. The middle of the beach is composed of a mostly sandy bottom, whereas the sides of the beach are covered with small to medium boulders.  In some areas you will find sandy patches and in some areas, rock gardens. We like diving on the left side the best!

Photo By: Andrew Martinez
Photo By: Andrew Martinez

Marine Life: You can see a variety of marine life here such as lobsters, crabs, flounder, cunner, sea ravens and squid. We love to go night diving here in August and September when the squid are most abundant.

Parking: One of the best features of this dive site is easy parking. There are metered spaces running parallel to the beach so it is easy to load and unload your gear. Make sure you arrive early in the hot summer months, these spaces don’t last long (7:00am-8:00am). Don’t forget to bring quarters!

Photo: Andrew Martinez
Photo: Andrew Martinez

Entry & Exit Points: Another reason why we love Back Beach is for the easy entry and exit points. On the left side of the beach there is a ramp that will guide you down to the small sandy beach area. There is also a bench at the top of the ramp where you can don your gear or take a rest before or after your dive. While you can enter the beach from the right side, we find it easier to go down the left side ramp to avoid walking over small rocks. Once you hit the beach area, whether left or right, it is sandy and you should be able to move about with ease as you enter the water.

Photo: BigD Scuba Blog
Photo: BigD Scuba Blog

Weather: Even though you can dive this site in most weather due to its somewhat sheltered cove, an easterly wind can make this site rough. A west wind is ideal.

BONUS: There are bathrooms in the middle of the beach which are open during the summer months!

Experience Level: Easy

Back Beach is located in a residential neighborhood, so please respect their property!

Want more info on local dive sites? Check out these 2 books: (available for purchase at our store!)

A Shore Diving Guide to New England (Author: Jerry Shine) $24.95

Diving Cape Ann and Boston’s North Shore ( Author: Donald Whitehead) $15.00

Boston Sea Rovers Clinic


It’s that time of the year again, the Boston Sea Rovers Clinic will be held March 9th & 10th, 2013. If you are unfamiliar with the BSR or you’re a repeat attendee, we have the scoop on the this years event. And the best part, we will be an exhibitor, so make sure you stop by our booth and say hello!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Boston Sea Rovers, here is a bit of background. The Boston Sea Rovers is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of the marine environment. They are one of the oldest (Began in 1954) and most distinguished underwater clubs in America. While the membership has changed over the years, the Sea Rovers always stay true to their original goal of “Raising the Level of Knowledge of the Underwater World.” All of the volunteers have a diverse and varied background, who share a common bond of a love for diving and for the ocean.The Sea Rovers hold an annual weekend clinic which is comprised of seminars, workshops, exhibits, films and hands-on activities. This year the clinic will be held on March 9th & 10th, 2013 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore (Formerly – CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort) in Danvers Massachusetts. 


Exhibits: There are many vendors that attend the Sea Rovers annual clinic to display their best and new products. You will see travel destinations and resorts, local dive shops, and of course equipment dealers.

Workshops: This year there are 14 workshops where you can either sharpen your skills or be introduced to amazing new areas of diving. Workshops range from an INTRODUCTION TO FREE DIVING by Nick Fazah to learning more about CONSERVATIVE DIVING with DAN to learning VIDEO & EDITING by Annie Crawley. attendees*Some workshops require payment and/or pre-registration*

Seminars: Along with the workshops, there are over 30 seminars you can attend. Seminar topics range from travel tips and destinations, photography, ocean sustainability, marine life and much more. We highly recommend checking out Andrew Martinez and his seminar Macro Magic in St. Vincent and Jerry Shine’s New England Underwater, 30 shots, 30 stories.

Film Festival: One of the best parts of the BSR clinic is the film festival that is featured Saturday night.  Ernie Brooks is this year’s Master of Ceremonies. The highlight will be the screening of “Making Blue Movies” by Michael Pitts. This film is a collection of his favorite BBC projects which include, “Private Life of Plants”, “Blue Planet” and “Life”.


Marine Life Art Exhibit: This is a new exhibit to the clinic this year and will feature nudibranchs through the amazing sculptures of Gar Waterman and the photographs of Kevin Lee.

Discover Scuba: This event will take place on Saturday March 9th from 10:30am – 4:30pm. This event allows you to try out scuba diving in the hotel pool! Must be age 10 and up. *Pre-registration is required*


Kids Day: Kids day is Sunday, March 10th. All kids under 12 years old get FREE admission! There will be a touch tank filled with fun marine life for the kids to explore along with an event called “How Far Can Your Escargot Go” where the kids get to have a snail race put on by the students at the Salem State University Cat Cove Marine Lab.

Whether you are just being introduced to scuba diving or have been a diver for many years, this is always a fun event and we hope you can make it. We will be having a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY at out booth so make sure you stop by!

Quick Links

Ticketing Information     

Boston Sea Rover Website 

Seminar Schedule

Workshop Schedule