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?
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
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!
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!)
Tis the season for our semi-annual sale! Don’t miss out on huge savings right before the season begins. Plus we have new products you won’t want to miss seeing. We hope to see you all there!
May 3rd: 10:00am – 5:00pm
May 4th: 10:00am – 3:00pm
- 20% off selected items
- 10% off cameras and accessories
- Class Discounts
- Air Card Discounts
- Rental Card Discounts
- Tank Discounts
- Undersea Divers Maintenance Packages
Click the link for details!
Yet another new product this month! We love rashguards, I mean who doesn’t. They are great for sun protection, abrasions from critters or coral and you can use them as an undergarment to easily slip your wetsuit over. We know that some people are not a fan of tight fitting clothing, so we jumped on the opportunity to carry the Loose Fit Rashguards. These come in both men and women’s sizes along with short and long sleeves. These are great for sun protection with their SPF 50 rating and are made up of 80% nylon and 20% spandex. These have a loose fit and low comfortable collar.
Mens Sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL, XXL Colors: Black & Blue
Women’s Sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL Color: Black & Purple
Check them out online at Aqualung.com
New! SeaDragon Lighting & Flex-Connect by SeaLife
As you know we love the line of Sealife Cameras and Lighting Systems. This new lighting system allows you to connect the lights and accessories to cameras quickly and easily using their Flex-Connect System. The video will show you how to connect the components into place, show you the different camera and light setups as well as explaining why your images need more light! We carry the full line of SeaDragon Lights so stop on by to be able to see these in person!
Visit http://www.sealife-cameras.com/ for more information.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT!!
Henderson just released a new wetsuit to the market and we are excited to say our first shipment has arrived! (Can you tell we are excited, it’s like Christmas over here.)
The Henderson TherMaxx Titanium comes in 4 different thicknesses including 1.5mm (Front Zip), 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm. Once I opened the first suit, I knew I was going to like it just by the softness of the neoprene. Next thing my eye was drawn too was the Fire Fleece on the inside of the suit. This Fire Fleece lining is ultra high stretch, low pile, synthetic fleece. This lining will minimize water transfer throughout the suit making it extremely comfortable and warm. One feature that will really help those cold water divers is the zipper. The PK-G Lock Zipper grips tighter and closer which in turn keeps that cold water from rushing into your suit. Under that zipper there is a spine pad which gives you more comfort and yet another layer to keep the water out. I also like the double glued and double stitched seams which results in the longevity and durability of the suit. This suit has a cool new design that you can either order in Blue or Black for men’s or Black or Purple for the ladies. They also come in a variety of sizes from XS to 6XL. Stop by the store to check out our inventory of the 7mm Henderson TherMaxx suits today!
This female tiger shark becomes interested in a camera and decides to take a nibble. This was filled at the popular Stuarts Cove.
This is a great compilation of clips from our group trip to Grand Cayman in January. You will be dreaming about diving after watching this!
We were excited to find out that our good friend and photographer extraordinaire Andrew Martinez is hosting yet another Photo Expedition to the Philippines! There will be daily informal photo instruction, image critiques on composition, lighting and tips that will raise your skills to a new level. Photographers with all levels of knowledge are welcome. If interested in joining this trip, please contact Andrew Martinez for more information.
Dive/Photo trip to the Philippines
19-28 October, 2014 Atlantis Resort, Dumaguete Philippines ‐ 9 nights deluxe
accommodations, all meals and breakfast drinks, coffee, tea, unlimited scheduled
boat diving (up to 5 dives per day), tanks, weights and weight belts, 2 day trip to dive
Apo Island, unlimited internet service and all hotel taxes
Not included: $80.00pp Marine Park Fees (Subject to Change)
Double Occupancy @ $2337.00 per person
Single Occupancy (1 room) @ $2808.00
Round‐trip flight between Manila and Dumaguete @ $263.00 per person
Transfer price assumes everyone is arriving and departing at the same time.
There will be an extension for those interested. It is to Anilao. A macro heaven.
28 October- 04 November, 2014 Crystal Blue Resort, Anilao ‐ 7 nights deluxe ocean
view accommodations, 3 meals per day, 3 boat dives per day, Nitrox, tanks, weights
and weight belts, and all hotel taxes @ $1382.00 per person x 2
Round‐trip transfers between Manila and Anilao @ $125.00 per person
I don’t have the flight info as of now. Mike at Reef and Rainforest said it was about $1400 RT to Manila. I will try to get more info on that when the price is released.
For more info contact:
Reef & Rainforest Dive & Adventure Travel
621 SW Morrison Street, Suite 125
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone: 503.208.7500 Ext 309 Toll Free: 800.794.9767