Marine Life News

Salem Harbor Clean Up

Salem Harbor Clean Up Day is a day devoted to cleaning the waters of Salem Harbor as well as the beaches and water fronts of the community. The event is at multiple waterfront locations in the city of Salem, Ma. Each location will have a raffle, food and opportunities to volunteer to clean the beach and water in all ways. We welcome the community to clean the beaches at each site as well as divers to come and clean the harbor. We are excited to team with local businesses to provide food, raffle objects, freebies and education about our ocean environment and how to protect it.

DATE

April 30th, 2017

TIME

11am-4pm at each location

LOCATIONS

Winter Island
Dead Horse Beach
Forest River Park

RSVP HERE

For More Information Visit the event website here. 

DUI Yukon Dry Suit

NEW  DUI YUKON DRYSUIT

NOW IN STOCK at Undersea Divers

INTRODUCING THE YUKON! DUI invented the telescopic torso self-donning front-entry drysuit. The Yukon is the latest model that features rip-stop nylon and butyl rubber/polyester trilaminate for comfort, flexibility and durability. Attached Superflex boots are standard for support and flexibility. Cargo pocket and latex seals are also standard. Doesn’t matter if you’re diving the HMCS Yukon in San Diego, or spending the weekend diving the quarry, we know you’re going to love this suit.

Yukon Drysuit by DUIFEATURES

  • Drysuit fabric is a trilaminate material made from ripstop nylon/butyl rubber/polyester with double coated seams
  • Diagonal front-entry zipper – right shoulder to left hip
  • Telescoping torso and crotch strap
  • Suspenders
  • Apeks swivel inlet and adjustable, automatic exhaust valves
  • YKK plastic zipper
  • Warm neck collar
  • Cargo Pocket on right thigh
  • Dual layer of material on knees
  • Internal waist adjustment cord
  • Talc
  • SuperFlex™ Boots
  • Blue accent stitching
  • 36″ Miflex Hose with oversized quick disconnect

ADDITIONAL INFO
2 year warranty
15 – Men’s/ 18 – Women’s Sizes Available
Miflex 36″ inflation hose included

Download Yukon Drysuit .pdf flyer

Select from 15 Men’s and 18 Women’s Sizes – See Size Chart
Price: $1499

Art Exhibit: Color Under Water

Local Event

Kimberly Collins Jermaine: Color Under Water Exhibit

March Art: Color Under Water
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, March 2 from 6-8 PM
Showing: March 1 – 29
Location: Beverly Farms Public Library 

Kimberly Jermain is a landscape painter, teacher and architectural color designer. Her paintings explore the color of the inter-tidal zone along the New England coast where she snorkels each summer.

Bay State Council of Divers Needs Your Help!

Who Are the Bay State Council of Divers?

The Bay State Council of Divers, Inc. (commonly known as the BSC) was founded in the early 1970’s to represent the organized divers in Massachusetts. The Bay State Council of Divers is a member of the Underwater Society of America which is composed of other dive councils, clubs and independent divers throughout North America. The Bay State Council of Divers, which is managed by a Board of Directors, meets approximately four times a year. The Bay State Council of Divers membership is made up of over 700 individual divers, clubs, dive shop owners, charter boat captains, scuba instructors and other interested persons throughout the state.

How They Need Your Help

BSC and the diving community in Massachusetts are greatly concerned about the continuing loss of public parking in coastal communities to allow for shore access. Many communities are restricting parking to Resident Only. This prevents other citizens (not just divers) from using the public beaches. The BSC is seeking water sport enthusiasts input and support to remedy this siutation.

BSC will be hosting a meeting at the Boston Sea Rovers Show on Sunday March 12th from 1-4pm in the Essex Room. At this meeting they hope to coordinate efforts in hopes of reversing this situation.

We all know how frustrating it is to find parking for shore diving. This a way you can make a difference. We hope to see many local divers at this meeting!

 

Shipwrecks North of Boston

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Our shipment of the newest edition of Shipwrecks North of Boston by local diver and captain, Raymond Bates have arrived at the store! ($20)
We also have posters of the North Shore will all of the locations of the wrecks for $10. Learn the history of our local waters!

Synopsis: 

Shipwrecks North Of Boston Volume Two: Cape Ann is the second installment of Capt. Raymond H. Bates Jr.’s history of the maritime disasters that occurred along Boston’s North Shore. Whereas volume one explored the shipwrecks between Winthrop and Magnolia, volume two continues north up the coast encompassing the waters from Magnolia around Cape Ann and ends at the mouth of the Essex River off Coffins Beach. Over 600 shipwrecks are documented at the listing section at the back of the book while fifty three chapters explore in detail wrecks dating from 1635-1977. Stories of the imperiled mariners fighting furiously against the elements to survive are related as well as the valiant efforts of the lifesaving crews ashore rushing to their relief. These tales of human endurance are relevant even to those in modern day society. While relief was often the goal of the rescuers, others at times sought to benefit from their misfortunes by looting the cargoes and personal effects that washed ashore. As this book relates the citizens of Cape Ann as a whole acted in the highest benevolence towards the endangered fellow mariners and brought relief to the shipwrecked survivors as well as the respectful internment to those who perished. Volume Two is richly illustrated with actual photos of the wrecks as well as artists renderings of earlier incidents. A brief history of Cape Ann is explored at the beginning of the book relating its maritime legacy in times of peace and war. Its three main industries; fishing, shipbuilding and stone quarrying defined the capes economic resurgence from the early colonial times to the present day. Surrounded by water, the Capes reliance on sturdy vessels for transport contributed to numerous shipwrecks right at its very own doorstep. Volume two brings the reader back to those days of struggle and delivers the stories of triumph and tragedy highlighting Cape Ann’s glorious maritime past.

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May Newsletter

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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. 
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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

 

Dive Little Cayman: December 2015

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From Phillipe Cousteau to David Doubliet, just about every diver who has experienced its reefs has stated that Little Cayman is one of the world’s premier dive destinations – with pristine reefs, excellent visibility and incredible diving.  The 80° F water is second to none when it comes to clarity and it is said that more underwater photographs are taken in the Cayman Islands than in all other Caribbean destinations. The Caymans’ trademark turtles are a common sight and eagle rays, angelfish, reef sharks and grouper count among the 500 species of fish that have been documented here.

ROOMS rooms

In early 2009, the resort completed major room renovations to their popular dive resort. Guestroom upgrades include new furnishings inspired by tropical colors and textures, Caribbean themed artwork, newly decorated bathrooms, fixtures and flooring. The pool view rooms feature many amenities such as:

  • Two doubles or one king size bed
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Flat screen television, DVD players and alarm clock
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee-maker complete with Wolfgang Puck brand coffee
  • Beverage center
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryer and deluxe bath amenity package
  • Room safe
  • Free Wifi

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Staffed by an international team of trained Chefs, Bird of Paradise appeals to the most discerning taste buds and serves a wide variety of gourmet international and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Choose to dine in our air-conditioned dining room, screened lanai, or al fresco on the patio with our resident iguanas! Our Chef will be happy to accommodate those with special dietary or vegetarian needs. Dining hours are tailored to dive schedules, including extended hours to accommodate night dives.188_DSC_4646

Beach Nuts is centrally located at the resort and adjacent to the pool and overlooking the Caribbean Sea beyond. This is the hub of island activity and you will find something for everyone.  Our menu includes a vast selection of local and imported beer, fine wine, tropical cocktails, premium spirits, and Cuban cigars. Weekly events include a Manager’s Rum Punch Reception, karaoke, trivia, and other theme nights. Beach Nuts Bar also features a pub-inspired menu of lighter fare. For the artistically-inclined, collect a piece of driftwood from the beach, and use our selection of paints to add to our ever-growing collection of Bar Art. Each year, guests attempt to one-up one another with increasingly complex pieces of art, and our bar and resort grounds proudly feature them.

DIVING  reef diver

Scuba Diving Magazine has listed the 2010 Top 100 Readers’ Choice Survey for the Caribbean and Atlantic and the Cayman Islands have been rated as follows:

#1 Overall Rating of Destination
#1 Diving for Advanced Divers
#1 Visibility
#1 Health and Marine Environment
#1 Wall Diving
#2 Marine Life

#2 Overall Rating of the Diving

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The Cayman Islands have strict Marine Conservation Laws and many of our 57 dive sites are within protected Marine Park Zones, including the legendary Bloody Bay Wall – Little Cayman’s most famous dive attraction. Coral canyons and sand chutes lead you through the pristine deep blue waters of the outer reef before plunging to 6000ft (1800m). These exhilarating walls are covered with brightly hued sponges, corals and sea fans. Bloody Bay Wall, one of the most pristine underwater sites in the world, is part of a unique ocean reef system surrounding Little Cayman. Rated as the best diving in the Caribbean by National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and underwater cinematographer Stan Waterman, Bloody Bay Wall’s natural beauty has been protected for future generations with its designation as a Marine Park.
With over 50 dive sites, there is a wealth of marine life, shallow reefs and utterly astounding walls.  Come and discover why our reef has been called the holy grail of the scuba world.

Reef Divers provides aluminum 80 cu. ft. and 63 cu. ft. SCUBA tanks, and a complete inventory of rental equipment.  We offer a wide selection of SCUBA accessories and Reef Divers logo sportswear.

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The dive shop provides fresh water rinsing tanks, a dive gear storage area and restrooms. Reef Divers uses three new Mako 30 cfm, electric-powered, water cooled dive compressors, complete with a state-of-the-art filtration system and plenty of storage capacity, as well as a Nitrox Technologies Membrane system for Nitrox dives.

Reef Diver’s guests enjoy the advantage of four custom designed dive boats – Island Sister, Cayman Sister, Reef Fantasea and Holiday Diver II.  Custom designed for diving, these boats were built by Newton Boats, Inc., in Slidell, Louisiana.  Fabricated to American Bureau of Shipping specifications, they are powered by Caterpillar, John Deere and Yanmar engines. These Newton dive boats are a diver’s dream – 42/46 feet long and 16 feet wide with a cruising speed of 20mph.

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Little Cayman offers a range of activities to give you the full experience our beautiful island offers.

If you are looking to explore the island, hit the trails to experience the unique wildlife that calls Little Cayman home, or take a ride to see the whole of the island. On the water we offer paddle boarding or kayaking in the pristine waters around the island – a great way to explore the island and its surrounds. If you are looking for a game of tennis, we have fabulous new hard courts available for a game at your leisure.

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Pool View Room Price
Diver Double(Double Occupancy) $1,925
Non-Diver $1,395
Single $2,450

Package Includes:

  • 7 nights in a Pool View Room at Little Cayman Beach Resort
  • Round-Trip Airport/hotel transfers
  • Full Course Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily
  • Welcome Rum Punch
  • Manager’s Cocktail Reception
  • 17 Boat Dives (6 days of morning 2-tank boat dives + 5 days of afternoon 1-tank boat dives)
  • Tanks, Weight, Belts
  • All hotel taxes and service charges on hotel/dive package features

Does Not Include:

  • Departure tax of $25.00 CASH due upon departure
  • Nitrox = $10/tank to be paid to the dive shop
  • Personal Dive Equipment
  • Gratuities
  • All Beverages
  • Dive Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance.
  • Airfare

Payment Options

Payment Plan: Pay a $500 deposit at the time of registration and pay the remaining balance 90 days before the trip date.

Pay In Full: You will pay the full price at the time of registration.

Refunds

*Limited Spaces Available

*Travel Deposits & Payments are Non-Refundable unless spot is filled 90 days before trip

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First Dive Society of the Season. FINALLY!

So we all had a rough winter and we have all been itching to get back into the water with the hopes of it not being bone-chilling cold. But then we realize it’s New England and there is no other option than cold, so into the water we went! We kicked off our Dive Society Season with a dive at Old Garden Beach this past Sunday. We had a great turnout of new divers as well as welcoming back familiar faces. We were also happy to have Divemaster Sara document the first dive with her GoPro. Here is the review from Dive Master Eric Husgen, aka Captain Bubblemaker. How did he get the Captain Bubblemaker name you ask? Well here is how it originated. What’s your scuba name?

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DIVE RECAP

Dive Society kicked off the Sunday morning season with a visit to Old Garden Beach. The sun broke through the clouds as we entered Rockport. There was a scarcity of fish, save for the school of minnows at the end, but we were treated to a sculpin, skate, lobsters and beautiful seaweed in living color.

On a heading of 40 degrees, we found the North end of the giant rock and circled it before heading back toward shore. Visibility was 20+ feet and temps ranged from 52 near the surface to 46 on the deep side of the rock. We bottomed out at 41 feet with 31 minutes bottom time.

Thanks to Bianca, TJ, Neil, Josh, Phil, Doug, Mark, Joe & Joe, and especially to Divemaster Sara for making this a great dive.

Respectfully, Captain Bubblemaker

NEXT DIVE SOCIETY: JUNE 1ST 9:00AM

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Dive Site Briefing

Summer Boat Dive Schedule is Announced!

We are excited to announce our summer boat dive schedule. All of the dives are 2-tanks dives and run $80. We will have a certified DiveMaster guide the dive and point out marine life to you. You do not have to have an Advanced Certification to join us on any of these dives! Come dive with us!

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June 7th   8:00am     Paddock Rock & Egg Rock   Dive Master: Eric Husgen

July 5th    8:00am    Folly Cove Left Side/Folly Cove Right Side  Dive Master: TBD

August 30th   1:00pm   Dry Salvages for both dives.  Dive Master: TBD

 (This is a great dive to see seals and catch lobster!)

Some things you must see on these dives:sculpin with crab

 

Photo: Andrew Martinez
Photo: Andrew Martinez

 

Photo: Andrew Martinez
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Lobster

 

Photo: Val Feehan
Photo: Val Feehan
Photo: Tom Conway
Photo: Tom Conway