Well, we all made it to February! We are inching closer to spring..don’t give up! This month is an exciting one, we head to Bonaire in a few weeks, then the Boston Sea Rovers Show March 10th & 11th! Below you can read all about the Sea Rovers Show, we highly recommend checking it out! There are seminars, an exhibitor area, raffles, and a great film festival at night which is our favorite. They even are in need of volunteers which gets you a free ticket!
On the few warm air temp days divers have been getting in the water, with most people diving dry with a few wetsuit divers who can brave the cold. Although the water is colder, visibility tends to be better. There are some photos below of our winter divers!
We have a few new products in the shop which we can check out below. We are excited to announce that we will start to carry some free-diving and spear fishing gear as we get further to the spring.
This month’s Photo Society Meeting Andy will be talking about camera terminology and composition. We would like to thank Steve Setzer who presented a fabulous seminar of his recent trip to Botswana at last month’s meeting. Feel free to swing by to check out a meeting! Meeting are held on the last Thursday of every month at 7pm at the store location.
We hope to see you all soon!
Whitney, Shaun, Larry
Boston Sea Rovers Show Announces Day Time Seminars
The Boston Sea Rovers are the proud sponsors of the “Longest Continuously Running Dive Show in the World,” a distinction made possible primarily due to the excellent quality of speakers that have continued to grace their stages. They take great pleasure in hosting the best educators, explorers, scientists, divers and speakers in the world. The purpose of these lectures help them to achieve their club mission, “To educate the general public about the underwater world.”
The daytime presentations form the backbone of the show. In two days they 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. Seminar Schedule
Local Diving (Yes in January and February, haha)
Many people think we stop diving at the end of summer. NONSENSE! The water stayed so nice we actually ran our Dive Society group through the first week of December with all of us diving wet! Despite the colder air temps the past month or so, getting in for a dive has proved difficult. But we were graced with some random warm air temp days which enabled divers to get in the water. While 95% of people are diving dry we have had a few brave souls venture out in wetsuits. Dive Diva, Paula has been such a go-getter and diving every minute she can with dive buddy Chad. Here are a few photos she has taken on her winter dives. Don’t think the dive season is just May through September. Colder waters tend to give us better visibility…plus you get to brag that you dive year round! We want to give a shout out to Paula, Chad, Mike and Henry for not letting the cold stop them from having fun and diving!
There Won’t be New Scallop Fishing off the Coast off Nahant After All
NAHANT — After hearing from more than 200 people who wrote letters demanding a reconsideration, the state has decided not to allow sea scallop dredging where it is currently prohibited off the coast of Nahant.
“I am not anti-making-a-living,” said commercial lobsterman Justin Mahoney. “I have no problem with a fisherman making a living. I don’t like that we don’t know what the long term effects could be.”
Scallop harvesting is done through dredging, which disrupts the sea floor, said Mahoney. The State Division of Marine Fisheries proposed a pilot program that would allow dredging for scallops in areas where it is currently not allowed from February and March. Full Article
The Loss of a Dear Friend & Diver
Our dear friend Jack Budrow passed away on February 3rd. Jack was an avid diver in New England waters as well as in the tropics. He frequented our Dive Society dives, always with a camera in hand. He loved to go to Bonaire with us. He was an incredible friend and asset to the community. We will miss Jack so much. Below you will find the information about his service. Service Details
Avoid BCD Self-Inflation
When it comes to washing your BCD, it’s hugely important to not only rinse the exterior with fresh clean water, but also the interior of the air cell or bladder. During a dive, salt water leaks into the BCD bladder through the dump valves and the low-pressure inflator, and must be drained out during your post-dive maintenance routine. If you fail to do this, the salt water in your BCD bladder once evaporated, will leave salt crystals — some large enough to act like pieces of glass and tear or rupture the bladder bag. A good internal rinse will eliminate this.
The BCD Flush is the perfect tool to maintain your BCD. To do this, use a garden hose to flush fresh water into the BCD’s bladder via the low-pressure oral inflator, making sure to hold down the deflate button as you do so. These BCD Flushes are in stock now!
Now Carrying: APEX RK3 Fins
Designed in collaboration with the US military and renowned for outstanding performance and reliability, the Apeks RK3 is a rugged thermoplastic rubber fin featuring an over-sized foot pocket to accommodate drysuit boots and a spring strap for easy donning and doffing. RK3 Details
Now in Stock: Aqualung Defense Dry Duffle
This rugged, pit bull of a duffle, has waterproof seams to keep your favorite gear completely dry on any dive adventure. With 85 liters of carrying capacity, the bag is designed to carry a full set of dive gear, including your BC. The grey color will stay an average of 130F cooler than most darker colored bags. When the dive is over, use the drain on the side of the bag as a rinse bucket and fill the bag with all your wet gear – the water won’t leak out. Duffle Details
DIVE TRAVEL with UNDERSEA DIVERS
NEW TRIPS JUST ANNOUNCED
February 24th – March 3rd, 2018
We are headed back to our favorite island February 24th – March 3rd. 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.
Fiji: SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE
March 24th – April 3rd, 2018
Join us at the VoliVoli Beach Resort in Fiji March 24th – April 3rd, 2018. This trip of a lifetime features an all inclusive plan for 10 nights with 8 days of diving. The area around VoliVoli is the Vatu-I-Ra passage also known as the Bligh Waters known for its abundance and diversity of marine life. The beautiful hard and soft corals will leave you in awe.
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.
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.
Maldives Liveaboard FEMALE 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.
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.