Local Diving

May Newsletter

MAYNEWSLETTER

Hello Divers!

We hope you had an enjoyable April. We know a lot of you went away on vacation, we hope the trips went well and if you have any photos, bring them in to show us. We love to see your images and videos.

Shaun and the group had a great time in Roatan. We would like to congratulate Eve & Spencer for completing their dives while on the Roatan trip. The resort was wonderful, food was good and the diving was even better. They encountered dolphins and sharks along with many colorful fish. We highly recommend traveling to Anthony’s Key in Roatan.

We are excited to announce our Dive Society start date! We will start diving on Wednesday, May 25th. Check your emails once we get closer for the dive leader name and confirmation of times as we usually do.

Don’t forget our BIG SALE on May 14th & 15th. It’s the perfect time to get into some new gear or add to your existing kit.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to hit the water. Many of our classes are already booked up. We will be announcing our boat dive schedule soon, so keep your eyes peeled. Let’s GO DIVE!
Happy Diving!
-Undersea Divers

 

SPRING SALE

Save the date for our annual spring sale. Everything will be on sale plus we will have some special deals going on for you. Click HERE for the detailed sale flyer.
 
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Attention PADI Dive Masters & Instructors! We’re hiring!

Scuba Diving Jobs in Boston

Undersea Dives is looking to add new team members! We are looking to hire PADI Instructors and Dive Masters for our weekly shore and boat dives along with teaching PADI Courses. We are looking for candidates who know the local area and want to share their passion for diving with others.  If interested please contact Whitney at dive@underseadivers.com.

Diving for Lobsters: 5 Things As A Beginner You Need To Know. 

Lucky for us, the waters off of the North Shore area of Massachusetts are a haven for lobsters. The rocky  coast is the perfect habitat for them to live. Many scuba divers love the sport of lobstering. Go on a nice dive, grab some dinner, you can’t beat it! Here is everything you need to know about lobstering in the North Shore. Read Full Article Here. 
Lobster

How Sunscreen is Ruining Our Oceans. 

In the latest issue of Alert Diver Magazine, they explain how we are hurting the ocean’s coral with our use of sunscreen. Learn what sunscreen is doing to our coral as well as ways you can help protect the ocean.

Hazardous Marine Life Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

Being able to identify marine organisms and understand their behaviors is crucial for safeguarding ourselves and the animals that inhabit the underwater world. Test your knowledge of hazardous marine life in this month’s quiz.
 

Dive Society Start Date! 

We will begin our Dive Society Dives on Wednesday May 25th! Dust off that gear, get it in for service so you will be already to hop in the water on the 25th. We will send out individual emails as we always do. We will send out the monthly Dive Society calendar every month to let you know who will be leading the dives.  We are excited to kick off the 2016 dive season with you!

21 Ways to Avoid Travel Sickness

Nothing ruins a dive trip like sea sickness. Thus, most divers will go along way to avoid spilling your breakfast overboard. But what can you do to avoid getting motion sickness? What really works?

SeaLife Creates Exclusive New iPhone & Android App

SeaLife Cameras released a free app called “SeaLife Micro Cam” in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store for their SeaLife Micro HD+ and new Micro 2.0 cameras.  The app is found by searching “SeaLife Micro Cam” and is compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch running on iOS 6.0 or later and Android devices running on 2.3.3 or higher. Read More about this fun app here. 

Dive Indonesia:Interested in going on the trip but need a roommate? We have 1 male and 1 female looking for roommates!

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. Full Trip Brochure

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! Full Trip Brochure

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. Full Trip Brochure

Upcoming Classes

PADI Open Water Diver
May 7th & 8th  2-9pm
May 10-12-17-19 6:30pm-9:30pm
May 21st & 22nd  2-9pm
Full Summer Schedule is now up!
PADI Drysuit Diver
Can Be Scheduled on Request
 
PADI Equipment Specialist 
Can Be Scheduled on Request
 
PADI Enriched Air Diver
Anytime!
PADI Discover Scuba
May 4th  6:30pm
June 2nd  6:30pm
July 7th  6:30pm

Fun Videos

 

Diving Antarctica

Scuba Diving Antarctica

 Join us for a night of

DIVING IN ANTARCTICA

May 26th – 7:30pm
Palmer Cove Yacht Club

Free Event!

We are happy to announce that Faith Ortins from Diving Unlimited International will be presenting photo images and stories from her recent D.U.I trip to Antarctica. We will be joining the North Shore Frogmen at this presentation which will add to the fun! The Frogmen always have a fun raffle at the end of an event. There is a bar for beverages and light refreshments will be served. She will be telling stories of the places they visited such as the Falkland Islands where they viewed Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins. They then traveled to South Georgia Island where German explorers had once made their marks. From there they headed to the remote South Sandwich Islands where they viewed the largest Chinstrap Penguin colony. They walked on volcanic islands that James Cook discovered in 1775 where they viewed many leopard seals. The South Shetland Islands offered them a great experience with Elephant, Weddell and Fur Seals. This was an adventure of a lifetime, and you can hear about first hand.
Faith Ortins
Faith Ortins is the VP of Sales & Marketing at Diving Unlimited International
Palmer Cove Yacht Club:
74 Leavitt Street, Salem MA 01970

Diving for Lobster: 5 Things As a Beginner You Need To Know

Diving for LobstersLucky for us, the waters off of the North Shore area of Massachusetts are a haven for lobsters. The rocky  coast is the perfect habitat for them to live. Many scuba divers love the sport of lobstering. Go on a nice dive, grab some dinner, you can’t beat it! Here is everything you need to know about lobstering in the North Shore.

  1. Get a Permit

    You MUST obtain a lobster permit before you can take any lobsters. Don’t think you can get away without having a permit, the authorities check often. You can get your MA Lobster Permit by heading over to the mass.gov website. The cost for MA residents is $55 and for non-residents $75. You can complete the application online and get your permit numbers right away. Your permit numbers are a unique set of numbers that have to be displayed on your tank as well as you dive flag at all times.

  2. Learn the Rules

    A. Size really does matter: When lobstering you have to use a lobster gauge to make sure they are the correct size for taking. The minimum size is 3 1/4 inches and the maximum size is 5 inches. This article shows you how to measure a lobster correctly.

    B. Let the V Notch Ladies Go: It is Illegal to possess any female lobster that bears a notch or indentation in the base of the flipper that is at least as deep as 1/8 in. with or without setal hairs. You cannot take any female lobsters with eggs at anytime. Learn what a V Notch looks like here.

    C. How Many is Too Many: Your legal catch limit of the day is 15 lobsters. You may not think that’s many but realistically most people never reach that number on a daily basis.

    D. Daytime Only: You are only allowed to take lobster between a 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset.

    To view the full regulations visit the Department of Marine Fisheries website.

  3. Get the Gear

    In order to catch lobsters while diving there are a few more pieces of gear you will have to add to your kit.

    A. Lobster Gauge: This will be your measuring tool to make sure you are taking the appropriate sized lobsters.
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    B. Catch Bag: You will need a catch bag to hold the lobsters
    collection bag

    C. Banding Tool & Bands: This tool will put the lobster bands are the claws so the lobster don’t fight with each other and you don’t get snipped by a claw!
    lobster bander

    D. Dive Flag with Numbers Displayed: These are your permit numbers which you will always have to have displayed on your dive flag and tank.
    Dive Flag

    E. Tank Tag: This is a great way to mark your tank with permit numbers if you rent a tank. Simple put the numbers on the tank tag and slide it over any tank you may be using to display your numbers. No stickers, no hassle, just slide it on and off.

    F. Tickle Stick: This is a great option for people who are still a bit fearful of reaching in a dark hole to grab a lobster. This is a stick with a bend at the end so you stick it in the hole and tap the lobster on the backside so the lobster thinks something is in the back of the hole and runs out of the hole, (hopefully straight into your hands and into your catch bag)
    tickle stick

    G. Kevlar Gloves: Kevlar gloves are heavy duty and will last longer when lobstering or doing any work underwater.
    kevlar gloves


  4. Learn Where to Find Them

    Lobsters love the waters of Cape Ann. You will find lobsters in anywhere from 15ft – 60ft on average.  They like to hide out from predators on the rocky coast line. They like to hide in holes and cracks so you will have to look for them. Some of our customers favorite shore diving locations for lobster are Lanes Cove, Pebble Beach, or boat dives to the Dry Salvages or Folly Cove. If you want to learn more about lobsters, how to identify male versus female, head over to marine fisheries website.

  5. Get a Technique Down

    Everyone has their own style and method for lobster diving. Some people reach right and grab them and some choose to use a tool like a tickle stick. Start diving different areas and you will develop a sense of where the lobster like to live in that area. Take tips from all of the local divers to find the best method that works for you.

    WORD OF ADVICE: DO NOT take any lobsters from traps. Don’t circle around traps or mess with any part of the trap. There are plenty of lobsters out there, respect all people’s property. Also, the use of snares is not allowed! There a hefty fines for those who disregard the regulations.

Have more questions about diving for lobsters? Shoot us an email at dive@underseadivers.com  or call us at 978.927.9551. Now go catch us some lobsters!

Spring Sale: May 14th & 15th

Spring Sale 2016

It’s that time of the year again. We are prepping for our Annual Spring Sale. Join us on the weekend of May 14th & 15th for huge savings. Everything goes on sale in the store. It’s the perfect time to get new gear to start off the dive season right!

May 14th: 10:00AM-5:00PM
May 15th: 10:00AM – 3:00PM

10% – 20% Off Selected Items

Masks, Snorkels, Fins, Wetsuits, Accessories, Lights Computers, Regulators, Gear Bags, Rashgaurds and much more! Here are just a few items that will be going on sale. We have so many choices at the store, we can’t post them all!

Tanks

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We give you 2 options with purchasing tanks. Both always include FREE VIP’s for Life.

Option 1: Buy tanks at a discounted rate

Aluminum 80: Was $250   NOW $195
Steel 80: Was $425   NOW $375
Steel 100: Was $550 Now $495

Option 2: Buy 2 tanks and receive free air for life.

Classes

Learn to Dive or continue to expand your dive skills. Many dive classes will be on sale. Pay for the course now and you will have the opportunity to take the class up to 1 year from the purchase date, so no rush on choosing dates if you don’t know your schedule yet. Just lock in the great price!

Open Water Diver: Was $594/ Now $295
Advanced Open Water: Was $395/Now $295
Rescue Diver: Was $395/Now $295
Drysuit Diver: Was $295/Now $195
Night Diver: $195
Peak Performance Buoyancy $150
Navigation: $195

Camera Equipment

sealifecamerasSealife Cameras: 10% off cameras and accessories

Backscatter Camera Trays & Accessories & Filter Systems: 10% off

GoPro Accessories: 10% off ( Unfortunately we cannot discount the cameras themselves.

Light & Motion Lights: 10% Off

Rental Cards

gift cards

Do you rent gear more than 1 time a year? Well the Undersea Divers rental Card is for you. Purchase the rental card for $40 (Regularly $50) and receive HALF PRICE RENTALS FOR LIFE! Yes, you saw that correctly, for life. Cut your costs in half but double the fun!

Air Cards

Air cards are a great way to save money on fills but now you can save even more!

10 Fill Card: Regular price of $80. Sale Price $70! That’s only $7 a fill!

30 Fill Card: Regular price of $195. Sale Price $180! That’s only $6 a fill!

60 Fill Card: $300 (cash only). That brings your fills down to $5 each!

Special Orders 

Know that we will do special orders for you if you don’t see a product you are looking for in the shop.

phoneCan’t make it on the sale weekend? No Problem! Give us a call to order over the phone.

 

 

 

Don’t Forget our Maintenance Packages when you buy a new piece of gear! Learn more about the packages here. 

Ocean Lovers Show: This Saturday!

This Saturday!

Ocean Show at the Danversport Marina.

Join us this Saturday March 26th from 9am-12pm at the Danversport Marina Showroom. Walk around the booth of local businesses.There will be light refreshments, free parking and free admission.  If you love the ocean, come check out this show!

Who Will Be There?

Andrew Martinez Underwater Photography
North Shore Frogmen (Local Dive Club)
Coast to Coast Paddle
Boston Sea Rovers
Tomo’s Tackle
Care Free Boat Club
CJ’s Charters
CW Hood Yachts
Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints
Little Harbor Boat House
Salem Sound Coast Watch
Three Lantern Marine and Fishing
Tauten Sports
Salem State Cat Cove Marine Lab

 

Upcoming Local Events


Cashes Ledge & The Canyons

Thursday, March 17th 8:30pmCashes

Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation will speak about Cashes Ledge and the Canyons national preservation at the meeting of the North Shore Frogmen.

Visit this site for more information and take action: http://newenglandoceanodyssey.org/cashes-ledge/

There will be a short club meeting at 8 followed by the presentation. Arrive at 7:30 for social gathering. Guests are welcome. Held at the Palmer Cove Yacht Club in Salem.

Marina LogoDanversport Marina Ocean Show
Saturday, March 26th, 2016 9am-12pm

Join us for the second Saturday Show at the Danversport Marina Showroom. There will be booths with local businesses, raffles and light refreshments!

 

Undersea Divers Photo Society
Thursday, March 31st 7:00pmbonaire eagle ray

We will be hosting our monthly Photo Meeting on March 31st. Andrew Martinez will give a short talk on Traveling with Camera Gear. We will also have members presentations from our Bonaire trip and Andy’s recent trip to the Philippines.

Making of the DEEP
Thursday, April 7th 7:30pm

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Peter Lake will be presenting his experiences as writer and producer of “Making of the Deep” at the North Shore Frogmen meeting on Thursday April 7 at 8:00 at Palmers Cover Yacht Club in Salem; social gathering at 7:30. Guests are welcome. Held at the Palmer Cove yacht Club in Salem, MA.

Meet the first woman to ever dive the Andrea Doria

Evelyn Dudas

Evelyn Bartram Dudas first breathed compressed air in the early 1960’s when the sport of scuba diving was newly born. After obtaining her dive certification at the University of Buffalo in 1964, she returned to West Chester PA and began diving off the Mid-Atlantic coast at every opportunity she had. During a dive trip in 1965 on the recently sunk tanker Stolt Dagali, she met John Dudas, and they became frequent diving partners. Evelyn was the first woman to dive the Andrea Doria, one of the first women to use mix gases, and also the first to start a custom wetsuit company where one could not be found commercially.  Her story has graced the pages of Skin Diver, Newsweek, National Geographic, Franklin Mint Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few. She appears in the DEMA/Jack McKenney video Scuba Dive America. Evelyn was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2000, and is still diving wrecks and caves to this day!

Come hear how she and her husband retrieved the coveted compass from the luxury liner along with many other fascinating stories at the North Shore Frogmen meeting on Thursday March 3 at 8:00 at Palmers Cover Yacht Club in Salem; social gathering at 7:30pm. Desserts will be served.

Palmer Cove Yacht Club
March 3rd, 2016
7:30 Social Gathering
8:00pm Presentation Begins
Hosted by the NorthShore Frogmen

Palmer Cove Yacht Club
74 Leavitt Street Salem, MA

Scuba News: November 2015

November Newsletter (1)

November, 2015
Hello Everyone!
We hope you had a great October! We just want to start off by thanking everything who came out to our big End of Season Sale. We had a great weekend, many of you walked away with some awesome new gear. We greatly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing photos of you having fun in your new gear.
This past month has been a lot of fun for us. We finished up our certification ocean dives where we certified another 45 students. We finished off the season with a few good boat dives and then finished off the month with our big sale.
As we look to the month ahead, Whitney heads to DEMA which is a Scuba Trade Show where she will find new scuba trips and gear to bring back to the store. Then she heads to Bonaire November 7th with a group of 12 divers. This month also starts our 50% off Equipment Labor special which you can read more about below. We also are starting winter hours effective immediately. Then we get ready for Shaun to travel to Little Cayman at the beginning of December. The water is sitting around 50 degrees and the vis has been nice. Get out there and dive!! (If you dislike the cold, don’t forget you can rent and purchase drysuits from us!)
Undersea Divers Staff
GO DIVE 

 

Articles & News
November Special: 50% Off Equipment Labor

Back by popular demand, November is 50% off Equipment Labor! Drop off your gear anytime in November to receive the discount.

Regulator Labor $60 Now $30 

BCD Labor $35 Now $17.50
VIP Inspection $25 Now $12.50

Included Air Fill

Hydro Inspection $50 Now $25

Includes VIP & Air Fill

*Parts not included in 50% off, Normal Pricing Applies
*Drysuit Repairs & Computer Battery Changes Excluded
Dive Cozumel: January 2016
 
We have booked another trip to Scuba Club Cozumel from January 30th – February 6th, 2016. Our last trip to Scuba Club was a huge success. The resort is made for divers by divers. This trip is all inclusive giving you 2 tank dives for 5 days, unlimited shore diving and all of your meals. Head over to ourwebsite to learn more.
Dive Bonaire: March 2016
 
We just booked our semi-annual Bonaire trip for March 5th -12th, 2016. Head over to our Group Travel Page to learn more about this trip.
Divi Flamingo Bonaire: New Resort Upgrades
Our go-to Dive Resort in Bonaire just finished a multi million dollar renovation. Not only have they revamped the resort lobby but they also added a new boat to their fleet along with a new restaurant. We are very excited to see the new changes in person when we head down there next week. Read all about the new upgrades here.
New Product: Sherwood Elite Fins & Sherwood VIDA Mask
Lightweight, high performance dual-composite fin blade featuring full-length power rails and a central flex channel. Open heel foot pocket is held comfortable and secure with our unique, highly stretchable silicone heel strap. The NEW ELITE fin from Sherwood is the elite choice for power and performance.

The Vida Mask uses the latest in co-molding technologies to provide a mask with unique styling and color configurations. This two teardrop shaped lens mask provides tremendous vision and comfort in addition to the unique design.

* Low profile & wide view allow the mask to fit on a wide variety of faces.
* Silicone connected pivot buckle permit an extremely comfortable mask strap fitting.
* The ergonomic nose pocket provides ease of clearing ears.
North Shore Frogmen Annual Banquet
 
The Froggies are getting ready for their Annual President’s Banquet. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Visit their event site for more details!
Flying & Scuba Diving: What you Need to Know
 

 
As a lot of you prepare for your dive vacations this season, we have received many questions on diving and flying. Here is anarticle that gives you what you need to know in order to maximize your diving on vacation while remaining safe when you hop on the plane home.
Blue Lobster Caught out of Beverly, MA!
 

 
This lobster was caught near Halfway Rock in Beverly the other day by fisherman Tom Birarelli. Read the details of their find here.
Upcoming Classes & Dives
Discover Scuba:
November 4th 6:30pm
December 2nd 6:30pm
Learn more HERE
 
Open Water Course: 
View full schedule through December 2015 HERE
Equipment Specialist:
December 16th & 17th  6-8pm
 
Drysuit Course:
Call to schedule: We are flexible!
 
Nitrox Class:
Complete online then come to us for the analyzing of gas
Upcoming Events
Bonaire
November 7th -14th, 2015
North Shore Frogman’s Banquet
December 5th, 2015


Little Cayman
December 5th -12th, 2015
Cozumel
January 30th -February 6th, 2016
Bonaire
March 5th-12th, 2016