Goings On

It’s been a busy week at Dolphin Dive Center! I apologize for not getting our regular Tuesday blog posted; we’ve been hard at work to bring some exciting new programs to DDC. (More on that below!) In a nutshell, here’s what’s been going on:

Tim and his fellow dive trippers returned from their epic vacation in the Maldives. They seized life on the liveaboard Carpe Vita, and during their ten day stay they dove with 16-foot wingspan manta rays, swarms of 50+ sharks, whale sharks, and dense schools of fish.  We have Tim’s photos posted on our site (click here to view) and we look forward to posting other divers’ shots soon.

DDC instructor Jeremy Reaves is gearing up for the Open Water Diver certification class this weekend. He will instruct 5 students, who will be joined by a few divers participating in the Scuba Skills Refresher course. If you missed the deadline this month, remember that Dolphin Dive Center teaches the Open Water Diver class every first weekend of the month. Be sure to enroll at least a week in advance, giving yourself time to attend the short orientation session and complete the necessary course preparation work.

Now for some exciting new developments:

As many of you know, DDC’s Dive Club has entered its second year, and our membership remains strong and enthusiastic. This year we’re amping things up by developing programs to give our organization more structure and direction. Some events in the works are:

  • A Discover Scuba program with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, introducing the joys of scuba diving to their middle schoolers while embracing the B&GC mission to inspire and enable those young people to realize their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens.
  • A Teach a Vet to Dive program with area veterans organizations that will bring a renewed sense of independence and adventure to our nation’s heroic warriors.
  • Collaboration with the dive club from the Aquatic Explorers Society in Lawrenceville, including environmental dive trips, dive trips to area lakes, joint lake clean-up ventures, and an Ultimate Dive Challenge.

And that’s just a glimpse at a long list of ideas we’ve generated for our community of divers. If you are interested in joining DDC Dive Club and getting in on the fun, call or stop by anytime!

Thanks for reading, and have a great Super Bowl weekend!

Holiday Gifts for Scuba Divers

The holiday gift giving season is here, and whether scuba divers on your list have been diving for years or are newly certified, you’ll find fun gifts for them at Dolphin Dive Center.

Of course, there are the big ticket items that will blow your diver’s fins off: buoyancy compensators, regulators, and wetsuits, oh my! But not every budget allows such a splurge. So here are some ideas for affordable holiday gifts any diver will love:

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Underwater Camera — Give the gift of underwater photography! Your diver’s scuba experience will go to the next level when you offer him or her one of the many cameras offered at Dolphin Dive.

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Dive Knife — Though not intended as a weapon, the well-equipped diver carries at least one knife as part of his or her life supporting equipment. Cutting free from a tangle of discarded fishing line is just one of the scenarios necessitating a sharp knife.

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Clothing — A rash guard worn under the wetsuit can keep a diver warmer and prevent chafing. Other clothing items to consider are jackets or hoodies to warm the diver during surface intervals, or t-shirts and shorts to sport between dives.

DSCN3691_largeDiver’s Gift Basket — Here’s your chance to get creative! Load up a basket (or mesh/beach bag) with small items: an underwater flashlight; mask defog; safety sausage; glow sticks; knife; dive reel; underwater dry erase board; whistle; emergency repair kits; spare o-rings; extra fin and mask straps. Throw in a subscription to a dive magazine or a towel, and you have created a fun, personalized holiday dive gift!

Shopping for your diver is about to get SO much BETTER! Come by Dolphin Dive Center on Saturday, December 15th for our Scuba Extravaganza 2012. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., we’re showing our appreciation to our customers with sale prices, free food, and raffles!

We’re selling new and used equipment at greatly reduced prices. Gift ideas galore! We’ll be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, so come hungry. And, did I mention the raffles? Yeah, look what people will win:

  • Sea Life DC1200 Pro Set (camera, flash, etc.), a $1000 value!
  • Sea Life Mini II Camera, a $200 value!
  • Education Package (Advanced Open Water class, Nitrox class, plus both c-cards), a $400+ value!
  • Three DDC Dive Club Memberships, a $50 value each!

Anyone purchasing 20 raffle tickets will receive a free DDC hooded sweatshirt. <–You could put it in the diver’s gift basket! 🙂

Happy holiday shopping to all.

See you at Dolphin Dive Center on the 15th!