Scuba Industry News

February Newsletter

Hello Divers!
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

Bonaire: FULL
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.
Trip Details

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.
Trip Details

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 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.
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

 

Local Event: The Discovery of a New Wreck!

The North Shore Frogmen

Host the William H Machen Presentation

The Frogmen have invited everyone to their presentation coming up on December 14th at the Palmer Cove Yacht Club. Jeff Goodreau and Ryan King are local divers who will be talking about the wreck they found this summer in 300ft of water! These guys are the real deal and are great story tellers. Come listen to their fascinating stories about their new discovery! All are welcome!

New Items: Now in Stock!

We have added some new items to the shop. Take a look at all of the fun new stuff below!

Aqualung Impulse Dry Snorkel

The new Impulse Dry snorkel has been completely redesigned with the dry valve facing forward, allowing the valve to close quicker than any other dry snorkel. The new barrel shape makes the snorkel more streamlined in the water. Even the snorkel keeper has been improved to include a push button two piece connector, allowing for easy connection to the mask strap.

Cordura Mask Bags with Anti-Fog Holder

These bags are great for traveling or storing your mask when you are not in the water. It features a side pocket for your anti-fog or anything else!

Coffee Mugs in a Variety of Designs

Add these fun new mugs to your dive lifestyle.

Dive Flag Winter Beanie Hats 

Keep warm in this new winter beanie. Great for before and after your dive!

Wetsox Shorts

We brought in Wetsox socks at the end of the summer and we immediately sold out. These socks are a super slippery 1mm neoprene which helps you get your suit on. People loved them so  much we decided to try the shorts. These shorts make it SO easy to skip your wetsuit on. No more fighting and getting tuckered out when donning gear.

Wetsox 

These socks have been a best seller since they hit our shelves. These 1mm slippery neoprene socks help yu get your suit on that much easier and quicker! Stop fighting to get your suit on and get a pair of WetSox!

Smart Coils

These smart coils are the number one accessory. Use these clips for cameras, consoles, or any accessory you want to carry with you on a dive. Makes for a great stocking stuffer!

Aqualung ROGUE BCD

Created for the accomplished diver who knows exactly what gear they want, the Rogue BC strikes the perfect combination of personalization and minimal design. Utilizing Aqua Lung’s patent pending ModLock connectors, the Rogue allows divers to dive their way thanks to the Rogue’s easily interchangeable size and accessory configurations. With a 15L/35lb lift capacity, SureLock II weights, 2 folding pockets, and stainless steel D-rings — this BC comes standard with all the bells and whistles you want, without all the fluff you don’t. When it comes to your gear, make every dive personal. Your Dive. Your Way.

Floaty Lanyard 

This floaty lanyard is great for cameras and cell phone cases!Don’t let that expensive piece of technology float away!

Camera Box

These new camera boxes are perfect for storage and travel. It comes with foam that you can cut out to perfectly fit your camera and housing.

Aqualung Big Squeeze Knife

Aqualung has introduced the newest version of it’s popular Big Squeeze Knife. The Big Squeeze will come with leg straps. It is offered in stainless steel with a blunt tip or sheeps foot. It also comes in a titanium, sheeps foot design. Looking for something smaller? We also have the Squeeze knife which is smaller and connects to your BCD.  BCD Flush System

Need a better way to clean your BCD? Hook your hose up to the end of the BC Flush and the other to your inflator. This device will fill up your BCD and clean out your inflator and bladder. Then simply dump the water out! This is one of the best ways you can maintain your BCD while in between service over hauls.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deals!

DOOR PRIZES

We will be offering door prizes for Black Friday & Small Business Saturday!!
For each person who spends $50 or more on Black Friday and/or Small Business Saturday we will enter your name into a raffle where you will have the chance to win a FREE Aqualung Duffle Bag (Black Friday Prize) or Aqualung Stratos Fins (Small Business Saturday Prize). For people who spend $150 or more on either day will entered to win a FREE Sherwood Insight Wrist Computer!

FREE AQUALUNG BAG WITH ANY WRAPTURE HARNESS BCD FROM AQUALUNG

Purchase any Aqualung BCD featuring the Wrapture Harness System and wrap it up with a FREE qualifying Aqualung Explorer Collection Bag.

BUY ANY NEW REGULATOR AND GET A FREE AQUALUNG ABS OCTO

Purchase any NEW regulator and receive a FREE Aqualung ABS Alternate Air Source. A retail value of $150!

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER

padi open water
$325: Full PADI Open Water Diver
(Classroom, Pool, Ocean Dives)
$275: PADI Referral Course
(Classroom & Pool Only)
*Valid One Year From Purchase Date
*Can be purchased on 11/24/17 and 11/25/17

CLOSEOUT

AQUALUNG HYDROFLEX & DEEP SEE 3MM WETSUITS

Aqualung Hydroflex 3mm Fullsuits.
Regular Price $199
Sale Price $ 129
Deep See 3mm Fullsuits
Regular Price $105
Sale Price: $70
Deep See 3mm Shorty Wetsuits
Regular Price $80
Sale Price: $55

Clarity Mask & Genesis RX Mask: 40% OFF!

These 2 masks fit 99% of faces. They are great for snorkeling or diving. They are made of high quality silicone and tempered glass, not plastic and latex. Many color options available!
Regular Price $75
Sale Price $45

*In stock Masks only, while supplies last 

AIR CARDS

Now is a great time to stock up on air cards. Get big discounts so you are all ready to go for next season and don’t have to worry about paying for fills! These cards are good for life! This is also a great gift for the diver in your life just in case you are not sure what they may need for gear. They will always need air.
One Tank Fills are $10
10 Fill Card
Regular Price $80
Sale Price $70
30 Fill Card
Regular Price $195
Sale Price $180

T-SHIRT & SWEATSHIRT CLEARANCE

All Undersea Divers T Shirts $5
All Undersea Divers Sweat Shirts $20
Bob The Fish T-Shirts $10
Bob The Fish Hats $10

Photo Contest: November 30th

Photo Contest Voting 

The North Shore Frogmen have invited us all to participate in their Photo Contest Meeting held on Thursday November 30th!
Join the North Shore Frogmen & Undersea Photo Society on November 30th for voting on underwater photos taken by the group members. Plus it’s a fun time to get together with more divers!

Voting Categories

Most Unusual/Interesting Find
Largest Fish
Largest Scallop

Time:

7:30pm Social Event
8:00pm Frogmen Meeting then Voting!

Location:

Palmer Cove Yacht Club
74 Leavitt Street Salem

Wrap Up Adventure!

Purchase any Aqua Lung BCD featuring our proprietary Wrapture Harness System and wrap it up with a FREE qualifying Explorer Collection Bag.*

Adventure is only a gift away!

Select one of our Explorer Collection Bags:*

About the Wrapture Harness:

Using patented swivel shoulder buckles and a proprietary ultra-thin back plate, the Wrapture prevents the BC from “riding-up” while the diver is on the surface. Out of the water, the Wrapture keeps the cylinder close to your center of gravity and transfers the weight to your hips allowing you to effortlessly stand up straight.

Qualifying BCs: Wrapture Harness BCs:

*Availability may vary depending on retailer BCD and bag selection. Offer valid only at participating Aqua Lung Retailers in the U.S., Caribbean, and Canada through December 31, 2017, or while supplies last. Promotions and discounts cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Visit your local Aqua Lung retailer for more details.

October Blowout Sale!

We have our big End of Summer Sale coming up on October 14th & 15th. Everything new in the shop will go on sale along with used gear from our rental fleet. We sell off our rental wetsuits, BCDs and Regulator Setups. We will have some used tanks but a very small amount so if you are interested we recommend getting here early on the 14th.

Won’t be around that weekend? No problem! We are happy to take your order early. We are also happy to provide quotes early so you can plan out your gear list and costs. Just get in touch with us at dive@underseadivers.com or give us a call at 978-927-9551. It’s a great time to check out our new location if you have not already stopped by!

May Newsletter

 

NOW IN STOCK! Olympus TG-4 Cameras & Housing!

Olympus announced their newest and most advanced Tough camera: the Olympus TG-4. Much to our satisfaction, Olympus has finally included the ability to capture photos in RAW in a Tough series camera. This, along with the best macro capabilities of any compact camera, will offer TG-4 shooters an incredible amount of flexibility. Put the already waterproof TG-4 into the PT-056 housing to go deeper and put your shooting limits to the test!

MAY 13th & 14th SALE

Boat Dives

New SeaLife Fluro- Dual Beam

Reveal amazing, alien-like colors with
the new Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam
No other Fluoro light creates such an impressive fluorescence emission.
See the reef in a whole new light.

 

Get Your Lobster Permit!

Get ready for your dive season with your lobster permit! You can do online right now!

Larry Hits 25 Years of Being a PADI PRO!

Our very own Larry Bettencourt just hit his 25th year of being a PADI PRO! We want to congratulate Larry on this amazing accomplishment. He is fun to work with and always loves sharing his passion and love for the ocean with others. We love the family we have built here at Undersea Divers!

NEW TRIP: Philippines: Liveaboard and 3 FREE NIGHTS in Dumaguete!

This is a VERY RARE trip that we were lucky enough to book! This live-aboard /land package only happens once a year! Not only does this trip happen once a year, we are giving you 3 NIGHTS FREE at the Dumaguete Resort! You will start by 7 nights accommodation on the Azores Tubbataha Live-aboard where we will cruise and dive the Tubbataha Reef on our way to Dumaguete. The boat will dock in Dumaguete where you will finish off your trip with 3 nights stay at the Atlantis Dumaguete resort for FREE! Well known underwater photographer Andrew Martinez will be your trip guide.

Azores Tubbataha Boat: June 8th – June 15th, 2019
Dumaguete Land Resort: June 15th – June 18th, 2019

10 Quirky Underwater Facts

The next time you’re killing an hour during your surface interval, break out these 10 quirky underwater facts to astonish your fellow divers

Your Monthly Dose of Scuba Humor

DIVE TRAVEL with UNDERSEA DIVERS

Dominica
November 4th – 11th, 2017
Join us in Dominica November 4th – 11th, 2017. We ran a trip to Dominica this past November and loved it so we decided to head back to this lush island again. This time around we will be staying at a new resort, Fort Young in the heart of Rouseau. The trip we have booked is both for diving and nature tours so make sure you see what is included in the package!
Trip Details

Bonaire
December 2nd – 9th, 2017
We are headed back to our favorite island December 2nd – 9th, 2017. 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

Bonaire
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.

Trip Details

Fiji
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.
Trip Details

Maldives Liveaboard
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

Upcoming Classes

Open Water Diver (class & pool sessions)
May 6th & 7th: Full
May 9-11-16-18
June 3rd & 4th: Full
June 6-8-13-15
June 17th & 18th

Enriched Air Diver
Anytime: Call to Schedule

DrySuit Diver
June 17th & 18th

Try Scuba & Refresher Courses
May 11th
June 8th

Advanced Open Water Diver
May 24-27-28-31
June 22-24-25-29

Rescue Diver
June 14-15-17-18