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Bonaire Film to be Shown in Salem

BONAIRE: The Island Saving Its Coral Reefs with George Buckley

WHEN: November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Salem Athenaeum  337 Essex St   Salem, MA 01970

COST: $10 members, $15 non-members, Free for students with ID.

CONTACT: Salem Athenaeum  978.744.2540

Film Screening and Discussion

In a world of uncertainty, one of the ecosystems emblematic of the need for balance is the coral reef. Bonaire Bonanza is a success story of good reef management on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where scientists and citizens work together to manage and protect the reefs. This documentary by George Buckley and Dutch filmmaker Edward Snijders won the Palme d’Or Award in Marseilles.

Tonight’s screening of Bonaire Bonanza includes a discussion session with George Buckley who narrated and advised on the film.

George Buckley is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He is an expert scuba diver who has led hundreds of students to study the sea. He has been a long-time Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and chief scientist on some two dozen Earthwatch Expeditions on marine ecology and field studies on coral reefs, bay ecology, horseshoe crabs, fresh water clams and land snails. He is the Chairman of Bonaire’s Accolade Foundation and Director of the Marine Ecology Project.

His awards include the Palme d’Or for his film Bonaire Bonanza, the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Diver of the Year. It was when he worked on the award-winning NOVA TV program, “The Sea Behind the Dunes,” that he began his career in environmental filmmaking.

Bonaire: The Island Saving Its Coral Reef with George Buckley

November Gear Maintenance Special

VIPS Include the Air Fill — Hydros include Hydro, VIP and Air Fill

Regulator Overhauls include all stages. Airsources are not included in this promotion.

This special is for half price LABOR ONLY. Parts are still regular prices. Please allow extra time for inspections to be done. This promotion does not include battery changes or drysuit repairs.

Promotion is from November 1st – November 30th, 2018

NO SALES TAX + DISCOUNTS + RAFFLES

THIS WEEKEND!

Pay ZERO tax on all items plus receive 10% off gear and accessories!

WIN RAFFLE PRIZES!

 

Aqualung i100 Wrist Computers


Regular price is $199
Sales Tax Weekend Price
$150.00!

10% OFF the following items

 

 

Wetsuits
BCDs
Regulators
Alternate Air Sources
Masks, Fins, Snorkels
Hoods, Boots, Gloves
DUI & OMS Gear
All Accessories
Rash-guards& Vests
Spear Guns
Lobstering Gear
Gear Bags & Luggage

Excludes:
Service, air fills, travel, instruction, Olympus Cameras, parts on service of gear, tank inspections, rental gear

Tanks

 


Aluminum 80s
Buy 1 for $250 get the second for $175

Steel 80s
Buy 1 for $425 get the second for $350

Steel 100s
Buy 1 for $475 get the second for $400

PLUS FREE VIPS FOR LIFE!

*Must buy 2 to get a deal

WIN RAFFLE PRIZES

 

Spend $50 and be entered to win an XS Scuba BackPack Duffle

Spend $100 and be entered to win a pair of Aqualung RK3 Fins

Spend $250 or more and be entered to win an Aqualung i100 Wrist Computer!

Getting Cold? Layer Up!

Getting Cold? Layer Up!

Being a cold water diver means knowing how to keep our body warm so we can enjoy our local waters. Although we deck ourselves out in 7mm wetsuits, hood, boots and gloves sometimes we need a little extra to keep us comfortable in the water. Here are some of our recommendations to keep you warm!

O’Neill Thermo-X Shirts

  • Thermo-X 220g nylon/spandex fabric with HyperDry offers lightweight insulation and minimal water absorption
  • Provides core insulation that’s low-bulk and dries quickly
  • UPF 50 sun protection
  • $60.00
  • We offer both Men’s & Women’s Sizes

Henderson Thermaxx 3mm Vests

• Super soft, high stretch neoprene.
• Fire Fleece™ lining.
• Double glued and double (interior & exterior) stitched seams provide longevity, confidence, and performance in the most demanding conditions.
• Henderson’s patterns have evolved over 50 years from USA standards. Every TherMAXX wetsuit style is patterned, cut, sewn and fitted in the USA, prior to any production manufacturing.
• Velcro®-resistant outer fabric.
• YKK #10 zipper.
• Zipper tether.
• 10-year Limited Warranty
• $110
• Sizes XS-3XL

Aqualung 6/5/3 Hooded Vests

 

  • 6mm super-stretch neoprene is used on the hood with a 4mm skin-in-face seal which is designed to be easily trimmed
  • The front and back panels are 5mm neoprene, with 3mm panels on the side for increased stretch and fit, allowing for easy donning and doffing of the vest
  • A bubble vent is built into the hood to allow trapped exhaust bubbles to easily escape
  • $110
  • Sizes XS – 2XL

Wetsox Thermal Sock

  •  Frictionless out layer allows you to slide in or out of any wetsuit or boots easily
  • Sandwiched Neoprene construction adds +1mm of insulation beneath your boots
  • Four-way stretch material that fits your body like a second skin
  • Flatlock stitch to avoid ‘seem rub’
  • Increases the life of your gear
  • Works with any wetsuit or boot with no need to size u
  • $32.99

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, Stephen Setzer, and Daryl Findlay. 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!