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NEW Aqualung Phazer Fin

From beginner to expert, Aqua Lung’s Phazer fin, with its revolutionary composite wave rib technology, provides the perfect balance for divers to produce powerful kicks with easy but energy-maximizing movements. Designed and produced with a tri-material construction and an advanced canalization system, everything about this fin is engineered to optimize the energy you load and release with every kick.

Come try a pair on at the shop!

Underwater Photography Exhibit

Underwater Photography from New England and Around the World
GLOUCESTER MA ¬– The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present “Underwater Photography from New England and Around the World” as its third Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck.

Eight members of Undersea Divers Photo Society are exhibiting photographs taken at dive locations on Cape Ann and around the world, all of which will be for sale.

The show runs from July 19 to August 13, 2018 at Gallery 53 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 21 from 6 to 8pm. Exhibiting artists include Andrea Dec, Steven Coffill, Ellen Garvey, Mike Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Alan Presser, and Stephen Setzer. The show is open Sundays to Thursdays, 10am to 6pm and 10am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays. 


The Undersea Photo Society is a group of scuba divers with a passion for photographing things most people never get to see. Led by undersea writer, tour guide and photographer, Andrew Martinez, the group meets monthly at Undersea Divers in Danvers where they share their photos and experiences. Martinez has written several books about undersea diving, illustrated with his own photographs. Some of his books will be for sale at the show, which he will sign during the Reception on July 21. The Society has 20-30 members who participate in the meetings. For more information about Undersea Photo Society or about scuba diving please visit www.underseadivers.com.


Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave in Gloucester, MA. Artists are selected for their creativity, technical skill, and distinctive style. The gallery provides the community with thought-provoking Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows and a place to purchase affordable locally-made art. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, and photography are creatively displayed. For more information about Gallery 53 call 978-282-0917.

WHAT:
Underwater Photography from New England and around the World

WHO:
Undersea Divers Photo Society members: Andrea Dec, Steven Coffill, Ellen Garvey, Mike Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Alan Presser, and Stephen Setzer

WHEN:
July 19 to August 13 with a reception on Saturday, July 21, 2018

WHERE:
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 
Contact: Judy Robinson-Cox
Gallery 53 publicist and marketing manager
978-290-2639
gallery53@rockyneckartcolony.org

 

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org. 

Celebrate Women Divers!

Join Whitney at the Womens Dive Day Celebration on July 21st at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester! Last years event turned out to be a hit! Meet other women divers, go for a dive, grab some tasty food, try your luck in the raffles for amazing gear and other scuba swag. All proceeds benefit the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship & Training programs.

Undersea Divers on Boston Voyager!

 

Link to Article on Boston Voyager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Boyle.

Whitney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Our company was founded by Bobby Boyle, my father in 1986. My father certified me as a diver back in 1998 and whisked me off to his favorite tropical island, Bonaire. I immediately fell in love with the sport. I would dive with him locally as well as on family vacations to different islands as my mom and sister were also certified divers. I went to business school and graduated in 2008 when the economy fell through. I decided to come work for my father while I looked for open positions. I loved being able to work with him, be able to use my recent degree and of course be involved with a business surrounded by my favorite thing, the ocean. In a tragic twist, my father passed away in 2015 from a mitochondrial disease. I knew I wanted to keep the family business going, so I decided to take over as owner.

To be able to continue my fathers legacy, along with my passion for the sport meant the world to me. Taking over the business was a challenge, due to the abrupt loss of our fearless leader and being put into a position I didn’t know how I would handle. With my father’s past advice, our dedicated staff and the loyal customer base we have, we all joined forces to make this the best company it could be. Since then our company has grown every year, we have changed to a bigger location and our customer base has grown. We are thriving and enjoying every minute of it. We have a strong love for the ocean and being able to share that with others and bring them into this fun and exciting sport gives us great joy.

Has it been a smooth road?
We have faced many challenges as a small business. From the loss of our founder to the economy declining to the fact that internet sales seem to be taking over everything. It is harder than ever in today’s world to be a brick and mortar store. I think any small business owner would say that it is not a smooth road and never will be. You have to be able to adapt to the ever-changing economy and social trends.A few things we have found to give us success is treating customers and staff well, be genuine, listen and always go above and beyond.

Your work environment and attitude are crucial to success. Behind the scenes, I would say don’t try too many things at once, focus and execute and never spend what you don’t have. Of course taking risks will need to happen, but they need to be calculated well thought out risks. Lastly, never be complacent. Just because it worked before, doesn’t mean it will always work. Stay on top of trends and consumer needs and always strive to be better. Of course, there will be missteps but it is how you react to those and adapt which will set you apart.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Undersea Divers story. Tell us more about the business.
Our company is mainly a scuba diving facility but we also focus on snorkeling, swimming, and travel. We provide Scuba Certifications of all levels, we have a repair and maintenance department for gear, we run dive/snorkel travel around the world and lead group dives in our local New England waters as well as have a store that’s packed with fun gear.

I’m proud to say we are best known for our family-like community. When you dive/snorkel/swim with us you become part of our Undersea family, you are not just an average consumer. The groups of people we have are the best. We see new friendships being created every day, new fears being conquered, new goals being reached. It’s a very supportive, enthusiastic community. We take great pride in introducing people to the underwater world. To see someone experience diving for the first time gives us great joy. They get out of the water, a smile from ear to ear and then they tell us what they saw, how amazing it was, how the feeling of breathing underwater is otherworldly… nothing is better than that.

We are also known for our dive travel. We travel all around the world but our favorite and most popular destination is the island of Bonaire. We run trips there twice a year. Practically everyone that goes to Bonaire with us has come back for a repeat trip. We have known the island like the back of our hand. we handle all of the arrangements for you so all you have to do is have fun in the sun! We love bringing divers to new destinations and creating memories they will never forget.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Scuba diving was very popular back in the 80’s and 90’s. The industry saw a decline in the early 2000’s but over the past 5 years, we have seen an increase. We hope that the industry gains even more popularity over the next few years. We believe we see this increase due to more awareness of the ocean, whether it be the popular BBC Blue Planet Series or getting information faster via social media. Scuba diving is a great family sport, especially on vacations. We are seeing the parents who were certified years ago now bringing in their kids who are now of the age (10 years old and up) to scuba dive so they can all enjoy the water together. The certification courses are now easier to take, with e-learning sessions for time and convenience along with a shorter time span. Courses used to be 6 to 8 weeks long which is hard to fit into everyone’s busy schedules, now we have courses where you can get certified in just 4 days, making it easier for people.

Pricing:

  • Try Scuba $20: Try scuba in the pool before you take the full certification course
  • Open Water Diver $594 (Beginner Certification)
  • Refresher Course $150 ( For those certified who have been out of the water for a while)
  • Advanced Open Water Diver $395 (Course has taken after the Open Water Diver for more challenging dives and depths)

Contact Info:

       

Getting in touch: BostonVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Cape Ann Diver 2: CHARTERS BEGIN IN MAY!

We have some GREAT NEWS for the diving community. The 45 ft Cape Ann Divers Boat was purchased by a very good friend of ours Jonathan Morneau! He is an exceptional diver and captain with a great enthusiasm for the ocean that is infectious. He has announced the new website where you can find all of the information for charters. Start booking those dive trips before they fill up for the season! We know you will love his operation!

Check out his website where you can see a list of dive sites, how to book (right online) and information about Mr. Morneau himself!

We are excited to be chartering his boat this summer. We will list our charter dates soon!

Captain Jonathan Morneau!

 

 

SPRING SALE Details!

It’s that time of the year again. Here are all of the details for our upcoming Spring Sale! Please note if you want to talk/see Whitney at the sale she will be there Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-12:30pm. If you cannot make it to the sale, no problem, just shoot us and email or give us a call to make other arrangements. We hope to see many of you there!

 

Marine Life Mobile App Seminar!

Marine Life of the North Atlantic

MOBILE APP SEMINAR

By: Andrew Martinez

Date: May 16th, 2018 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Undersea Divers Store

Most of you recognize the Marine Life book above, we know it is our favorite. It is jam packed with marine life, scientific names, and information. We use this book to look up new critters, make notes of where and when we saw them, and figure out marine life names. We are excited to announce that Andrew has now taken all of the amazing information in his book and created a Mobile App! On May 17th, Andrew will be presenting his new app, it’s functions and how to use it. Bring your friends, everyone is welcome!

Want to check out the App right now?! It is available for IOS download and will soon be offered for Andriod platforms.

ABOUT THE APP

Marine Life of the North Atlantic presents easy to use and cleverly designed field guide that unveils marine life of the region from Northern Canada to Cape May, New Jersey.
Marine Life of the North Atlantic is a unique tool, which you can carry in your pocket, that allows divers, students, teachers, citizen scientists, and beachcombers to have and to share information of observed marine organisms of the covered region. It is the most comprehensive field guide expertly designed for easy recording and sharing of all your observations. The book section of this app is divided into clear, color coded and easy to navigate chapters/phylum.
The SEARCH feature is uniquely designed to allow you to narrow the search within each chapter or to explore the entire book.
DIVE RECORD
This feature is a pictorial record of the plants or animals you have seen during your dive or just a walk on the beach it is not designed to replace your traditional dive log. It is a wonderful tool for divers, citizen scientists, and lovers of nature to record their observations of marine life when and where they were found.
Is a simple and easy to use function that gives you ability to keep a unique record of your personal observations and share your discoveries with others.
LIFE LIST
With this app you have a unique opportunity to create a personal Life List that you can sync among all your mobile devices.
The Follow feature allows you to create a “bucket list” of plants and animals that you would like to see. When another user records an animal on his/her dive record that is on your Following List, you will receive a notification indicating where and when it was observed.
The “Notifications” section is dedicated to inform you of all upcoming dive related activities, such as club meetings, dive trips, classes and sales. The events that you choose to save can be easily added to your personal calendar.
This mobile app is a modern field guide that allows the user to see and compare many images of an animal that you are investigating. This makes identification or observation of a behavior much easier. In order to experience beyond the capabilities of a book and take full advantage of this app, an annual subscription will be necessary. This will allow the user to benefit from creating, using, and saving your Life Lists, communicating observations, and sharing notifications of observed marine life with others. This sharing of information greatly enriches the distribution of knowledge of our marine world. The annual subscription is $ 12 US dollars/year, ($1 dollar a month.)
We have been able to present this application and subscription to you at such a low price because we are relying on your support. The subscribers will help us to continue to pay for the servers and the communication in the cloud. This will greatly help unite us in our common goal of preserving of the marine world.

April Newsletter 2018

Hello Divers!
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. We are excited we made it another month and that we are closer to warmer weather and water temps! We had a lot of fun in March. We had a great turn out at the Boston Sea Rovers show. A big thank you to everyone who came out and visited us at our booth! The support was awesome. Whitney and 20 divers and snorkelers had a great trip to Bonaire. The weather was wonderful, the vis was clear and the marine life was out! We had a pod of dolphins show up as we were heading to one of our favorite dive sites up north, Tolo. We were thrilled because there were many juvenile dolphins in the pod which made it extra special. We had some photographers on the trip and 2 of them will be showing their images and videos at this month’s Photo Society Meeting which is held on April 26th. All are welcome to come see! Shaun and his crew of divers will be arriving back home late this evening from Fiji! We are excited to get their dive recaps and see all of the photos! Looking ahead we have a few save the dates, one for the Women’s Dive Day and one for our Spring Sale! Details are below for both. We have a few new items in the store now including new rash guards and free dive equipment. We will be getting more new items in this season which we are very excited about. We are planning out our summer schedule of classes and events and this year already seems full of fun stuff! It’s a great time of year to dust off that gear and get it serviced for the main dive season so you will be ready to hit the water when the temps warm.
We hope to see you all soon!
Whitney, Shaun, Larry

New Aqualung Rash-guards are in!

We are loving these new colorful rash guards by Aqualung. They are quick drying and UPF50! These are great for sun protection and for layering underneath your suit so it slips on easier!
Short Sleeve $39
Long Sleeve $44

Women’s Dive Day: Save the Date!

Women’s Dive Day 2018

Where: Stage Fort Park Gloucester, MA
When: July 21st 8am -12 pm
What: This a day dedicated to women divers! Join the group for a dive, partake in raffles and a silent auction and a BBQ!
Cost: $15 which includes BBQ & FRE T-Shirt!

We had a blast last year and we hope you can all join us! Learn more about the event here. 

Spring Sale: Save the Date!

We have our big Spring Sale approaching on May 19th & 20th. We will be announcing the sale details soon, so keep watching!

New Free Diving Masks & Snorkels

We have new Free Diving Masks and Snorkel in stock! These can also be used as diving and snorkeling masks and snorkels! Camo is in! Those fish will never see you coming!

Photo Society: April 26th, 2018

This month’s Photo Society Meeting topic is BONAIRE! We recently traveled to Bonaire at the end of February and we will have two members presenting their images from the trip! Alan Presser shoots with the ever popular Olympus TG4, Steve Coffill shoots with the Sealife DC2000. You will love these images!

When: Thursday April 26th
When: 7:00pm
Where: Store Location

Marine Life Mobil App Launches

Everyone loves The Marine Life of the North Atlantic Guide Book by Andrew Martinez. Our personal copies are worn thin from coming back from a dive trying to find the name of a certain creature we just saw. It is one of the best marine life sources out there. We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Martinez has created a Mobile App of the book! This app is available for download on ios and soon on your droid device!

With this app you can:

Record and Share Dives
Look up a wide range of marine life with photos, scientific names, etc
Get Notified when someone sees an animal you hope to see
Keep lists of certain marine life you are trying to find/have seen

Andrew will be doing a presentation of this new App at our shop on May 16th at 7:00pm for all of those who are interested!

DIVE TRAVEL with UNDERSEA DIVERS

Bonaire
November 3rd – 10th, 2018

We are headed back to our favorite island November 3rd – 10th, 2018. For over 30 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.
Trip Details

Little Cayman: Spots are filling extremely fast!
December 1st – 10th, 2018

Join group leader Shaun Maguire on our trip to Little Cayman December 1st -8th, 2018. 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.
Trip Details

Maldives Liveaboard
(Male ROOMMATE WANTED)

January 17th -26th, 2019

The Maldives is one of the top all around dive destinations on the planet. Drift over the channels, linger over the pinnacles or the drop-offs. Or the valleys of soft corals and gardens of hard corals crowded with fish, nearly always tame. Tropicals to pelagics. Snappers, morays, mantas, turtles, sharks and whalesharks.
Trip Details

Bonaire
March 2nd – 9th, 2019

We are headed back to our favorite island March 2nd – 9th, 2019. For over 30 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.
Trip Details

 

Boston Sea Rovers Show: THIS WEEKEND

The Boston Sea Rovers show is this weekend in Danvers at the Double Tree by Hilton. This is an annual show that hosts seminars, exhibit hall, workshops and the ever popular film festival. We will be there with a big booth, so make sure you stop by to say hello to us!

Location & Show Times 

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

FREE PARKING

Saturday:
Daytime Programs: 8:45AM – 5:00PM
Film Festival: 8:00PM – 10:30PM
(Film Festival doors open at 7:30PM,
seating is first come first serve)

Sunday:
Daytime Programs: 9:15AM – 4:30PM

Seminars
Our daytime presentations form the backbone of our show. In two days we host over 40 speakers covering a myriad of diving and marine related topics. Each hour there are three simultaneous lectures being held on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5 pm. You get to choose which speaker or topic you would like to see based on your interests.

Exhibitors
Scuba Gear manufacturers, travel destinations, local dive shops and clubs!

Film Festival
The jewel of each annual Clinic is our Saturday Evening Film Festival. The Sea Rovers take pride in the fact that we have continuously blazed the trail in the underwater world, premiering more speakers and presentations from our stages than any other show.