Travel News

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

SeaLife Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam Light

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
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SeaLife’s Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam integrates CREE Royal Blue LED’s and a dichroic filter to create the optimal wavelength to excite underwater life. The versatile light switches from a blue fluoro 65° flood to an 800 lumen 15° spot with a push of a button. The Fluoro-Dual Beam was created in partnership withFireDiveGear, the foremost expert on Fluoro Diving and Imaging.

The Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam can quickly adjust between four light modes: 100% fluoro flood, 50% fluoro flood, 100% white spot, and 50% white spot. Its rechargeable Lithium Ion 7.4V, 3400mAh, 25Wh battery delivers power for a continuous 2 hours at 100% fluoro emission. Depth rated down to 330ft/100m.

Enhance your underwater fluoro-viewing with the two included universal, barrier filters. The face mask filters out the residual presence of blue light emitted by the light. The second filter attaches to any underwater camera with a lens diameter up to 47mm.

Pair the Sea Dragon Fluoro-Dual Beam with the DC2000 or another camera of your choice with the included Flex-Connect™ Single Tray, Grip, and 1″ Ball Joint (SL995).

MSRP: $499.95     Available now!

Note: The Fluoro-Dual Beam is NOT an ultraviolet light. UV lights can be harmful to your eyes and those of many sea creatures. The SeaLife Fluoro-Dual Beam creates a better Fluoro response than UV lights for an impressive and safe underwater display of colors.
Why Use Blue Light For Underwater Fluorescence
Rather Than UV Light?


Fluoro-Dual Beam Specifications
Switchable dual beams 
features six CREE XT-E Royal Blue LED’s (450-460nm) flood beam and one CREE XP-L LED white spot beam
26 watt/m2 fluoro output and 800 lumens at 100% 
65° fluorescent wide angle beam and 15° white spot beam angle evenly illuminates the subject
One button control for easy operation – one button to power light on/off and select brightness
Four brightness levels: 100% fluoro flood, 50% fluoro flood, 100% white spot, and 50% white spot
Hidden emergency signal mode: 1 second blink interval and SOS Morse code
120 minute burn time at full power and constant brightness
Depth rated to 330 feet/100 meters
Quick-release button to detach light and aim in crevices and hard to reach areas
Includes integrated dichroic filter and two universal barrier filters for your dive mask and camera for optimal fluoro viewing and photography
Corrosion-proof metal light head for heat dispersion and durability
Removable 25W Li-Ion battery w/ charger and international plug adapters included
Waterproof battery compartment – even if the O-ring seal fails, the battery compartment is isolated so water cannot reach the internal electronics
Universal mounting screw fits SeaLife and other brands of underwater cameras w/ standard ¼-20 tripod mount 

Check out the incredible new SeaLife DC2000 camera. The DC2000 pairs well with any Sea Dragon Light including the Fluoro-Dual Beam.
Dive with the new SeaLife DC2000

HUGE SALE May 13th & 14th

 

We have our Big Annual Spring Sale coming up in a few weeks. Pretty much everything in the store will be going on sale that is new. We will also have some assorted used items like tanks, hoods, boots, lights, etc. If you cannot make it on the sale day, no problem! We will be happy to take your order early so stop on in or give us a call.

SALE HOURS

Saturday 10am – 5pm 
Sunday 10am – 3pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Newsletter

 

Photo Society: April 27th 7:00pm

Steve Coffill will be presenting photos from his trip to Roatan with us from back in February.

Local Event: Salem Harbor Clean Up

Salem Harbor Clean Up Day is a day devoted to cleaning the waters of Salem Harbor as well as the beaches and water fronts of the community. The event is at multiple waterfront locations in the city of Salem, Ma. Each location will have a raffle, food and opportunities to volunteer to clean the beach and water in all ways. We welcome the community to clean the beaches at each site as well as divers to come and clean the harbor. We are excited to team with local businesses to provide food, raffle objects, freebies and education about our ocean environment and how to protect it.
Learn More

New Drysuits Now in Stock: Meet the Yukon by DUI

INTRODUCING THE YUKON! DUI invented the telescopic torso self-donning front-entry drysuit. The Yukon is the latest model that features rip-stop nylon and butyl rubber/polyester trilaminate for comfort, flexibility and durability. Attached Superflex boots are standard for support and flexibility. Cargo pocket and latex seals are also standard. Doesn’t matter if you’re diving the HMCS Yukon in San Diego, or spending the weekend diving the quarry, we know you’re going to love this suit.
Learn More

New Mask: Aqualung Reveal


The Reveal’s innovative features make this dive mask our most comfortable and best fitting mask. Created after years of research and testing, the Reveal is a premium diving mask that delivers ultra-comfort and a perfect fit thanks to both a super soft, top quality crystal-clear silicone and an ergonomic skirt profile. The new buckles, attached directly to the silicone skirt, feature a single quick-button release system and the mask is equipped with an innovative spherical silicone head band strap—all to help the diver create the perfect leak-free fit. The large operating button is easily activated, even with thick gloves. The Reveal is available in single lens (Reveal X1) or twin lens (Reveal X2) versions. $85 NOW IN STOCK
Learn More

New Website Addition! Used Gear & Clearance Items

We have created a Used Gear & Clearance Items page on our website. We will update the page as new items come in so make sure you check back regularly.
View Gear

Moosehead Shipwrecks: Documentary Film


Ryan Robbins, an Undersea customer, became fascinated with Moosehead Lake’s shipwrecks and the history behind them. His exploration caught the attention of Liz McKeil, who also grew up on the lake and is executive director of the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville. Now the two of them, with help from the Moosehead Historical Society, other divers and a wide range of locals, are beginning work on a documentary film and oral history project called “Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake.”
Learn More

Shark Jokes

Haven’t Been Diving in Awhile? ReActivate NOW!

Haven’t been diving in a while or want to buff up on your dive skills? If so, then the ReActivate program is perfect for you. ReActivate will help you regain proficiency in all of the elementary scuba skills that you learned in your PADI Open Water course, enabling you to be a skilled and successful diver. This course consists of an E-Learning portion and an in-water (pool) skills session. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.
Learn More

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
May 9-11-16-18
June 3rd & 4th

Enriched Air Diver
Anytime: Call to Schedule

DrySuit Diver
April 8th & 9th OR
Anytime: Call to Schedule

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
Undersea Divers | 42 Water Street Beverly MA 01915 | 978-927-9551
dive@underseadivers.com | www.underseadivers.com

DUI Yukon Dry Suit

NEW  DUI YUKON DRYSUIT

NOW IN STOCK at Undersea Divers

INTRODUCING THE YUKON! DUI invented the telescopic torso self-donning front-entry drysuit. The Yukon is the latest model that features rip-stop nylon and butyl rubber/polyester trilaminate for comfort, flexibility and durability. Attached Superflex boots are standard for support and flexibility. Cargo pocket and latex seals are also standard. Doesn’t matter if you’re diving the HMCS Yukon in San Diego, or spending the weekend diving the quarry, we know you’re going to love this suit.

Yukon Drysuit by DUIFEATURES

  • Drysuit fabric is a trilaminate material made from ripstop nylon/butyl rubber/polyester with double coated seams
  • Diagonal front-entry zipper – right shoulder to left hip
  • Telescoping torso and crotch strap
  • Suspenders
  • Apeks swivel inlet and adjustable, automatic exhaust valves
  • YKK plastic zipper
  • Warm neck collar
  • Cargo Pocket on right thigh
  • Dual layer of material on knees
  • Internal waist adjustment cord
  • Talc
  • SuperFlex™ Boots
  • Blue accent stitching
  • 36″ Miflex Hose with oversized quick disconnect

ADDITIONAL INFO
2 year warranty
15 – Men’s/ 18 – Women’s Sizes Available
Miflex 36″ inflation hose included

Download Yukon Drysuit .pdf flyer

Select from 15 Men’s and 18 Women’s Sizes – See Size Chart
Price: $1499

Local Event: How to Avoid the Chamber

Divers Alert Network & The North Shore Frogmen
presents

How to Avoid the Chamber

Event: Avoid the Chamber presentation
Date: Thursday March 9th
Time: 8pm (7:30pm social gathering)
Location: Palmer Cove Yacht Club, Salem MA

Many people worry or don’t know enough about Decompression Sickness. As you age, you become more susceptible to DCS. Divers Alert Network’s Doctor Peter Buzzacott will be discussing why you are more susceptible along with giving you prevention tactics for divers 55 and older.

There will also be a case study of local diver Jim Durso (North Shore Frogmen President) who was recently hit with DCS while on a dive in New England waters. Jim will be talking about his accident and subsequent treatments he received.

This event is open to the public!

Doctor Peter Buzzacott MPH, PHD is an expert on accident review and safety. He is well versed in tech diving, trimix and cave diving.

Palmer Cove Yacht Club
74 Leavitt Street
Salem. MA 01970

For those of you who do not know DAN…

Divers Alert Network is Your Dive Safety Association
Divers Alert Network
DAN is Divers Alert Network, the diving industry’s largest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. Serving scuba divers for more than 30 years, DAN provides emergency assistance, medical information resources, educational opportunities and more. Whether you are just learning how to scuba dive or are a veteran of the sport, DAN has a great deal to offer you.

Dive Accident Insurance
DAN is supported by membership dues and dive accident insurance. Through its nonprofit efforts DAN first recognized the need for scuba divers to have insurance to help cover the cost of treatment for scuba diving injuries. DAN fulfilled that need by developing diving’s first dive accident insurance program, still the industry leader 25 years later.

Diver Safety Resources
One of DAN’s best-known resources is the 24-hour DAN Emergency Hotline, which stands ready every hour of the day to help scuba divers in need. But DAN offers a number of non-emergency resources as well, including the DAN Information Line, medical FAQs, online seminars and video lectures, real-time webinars, articles, quizzes and more.

Divers Helping Divers
DAN has always been about the partnership between our organization and the scuba divers who support it. DAN Members enjoy great benefits, including TravelAssist, Alert Diver magazine, WorldCue® Planner and access to industry-leading insurance products. But the best benefit is being a part of and supporting the largest association of scuba divers dedicated to diving safety.

ReActivate

Reactivate HEaderHaven’t been diving in a while or want to buff up on your dive skills? If so, then the ReActivate program is perfect for you. ReActivate will help you regain proficiency in all of the elementary scuba skills that you learned in your PADI Open Water course, enabling you to be a skilled and successful diver. This course consists of an E-Learning portion and an in-water (pool) skills session. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.

Using ReActivate Touch (for tablets or mobile devices) or ReActivate Online (for your personal computer), you’ll immerse yourself in dive scenarios and make decisions that test your understanding of important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Move through ReActivate at your own pace and delve deeper into topics when you need or want to.

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In the water, we will help you regain comfort and confidence in scuba diving. You’ll practice a few safety-related skills and then go over anything you specifically want to review.

The beauty of Undersea Divers’ and the PADI ReActivate program is that each course is individualized to the student. We tailor the time spent in the water toward developing the skills with which you want the most practice. After completing the online portion of the course you will then discuss your current comfort level and your goals for your in-water ReActivate session with your instructor. Together you will decide the most effective way to spend your time in the water.

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With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to ReActivate your scuba certification, and it’s incredibly easy to get started. Call or stop by Undersea Divers to book your ReActivate experience today! We provide you with all of the gear you need at no additional charge, although we do recommend owning your own personal gear for comfort and safety. When you complete both the e-Learning and in-water portion of this course, you will receive a brand-new PADI certification card (equivalent to your highest level of certification) with a ReActivate logo and ReActivation date. How cool!

Cost

PADI E-Learning Fee: $59.95
Pool Session Fee: $99

Next Step

ReActivate NOW

 

Post By: James Allan, PADI Instructor

February News

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Hello Divers!

Did January fly by fast for you too?! We can’t believe it’s already February! This month does bring us some extra fun though; Shaun and 22 divers are headed to Roatan for a weeks worth of fun in the sun. We will keep you updated with photos and videos from them!

Despite the colder temperatures, there are a handful of divers still diving off of Cape Ann! The water is sitting right around the high 30’s, low 40’s. Some divers are still going wet but adding an extra layer so don’t think it’s too cold for you wetsuit divers! There have been some rough seas and surge but the visibility hasn’t been too bad. People are seeing moon snails, shrimp and nudibranchs among some other critters.

We had a fun Photo Society meeting with images presented from Bonaire and Ambon Indonesia. This month we look forward to more member presentations. You can view details below for the event.

We would also like to announce that we have a new team member, James Allan. James is a PADI Instructor and was the Boston Sea Rovers intern in 2016. He is enthusiastic and excited for the 2017 dive season. We know you will love him as much as we do.

We have a few new items in the shop with out most exciting being the new Flip5 filters for the GoPro HERO5 made by Backscatter. You can read all about them below.

Make sure to mark your calendar for the Boston Sea Rovers show on March 11th & 12th. You can learn more about the show and purchase tickets below.

We hope to see you soon!
Happy Diving!

Photo Society Meeting

 This month we will have 2 photo presenters. Ellen Garvey will kick off the meeting with images from her trip to the Solomon Islands. Greg Sonek will follow with a presentation of images from his trip to Raja Ampat.

Date: Thursday February 23rd
Location: 42 Water Street, Beverly
Time: 7:00pm

Diving Dry with DUI 

In this article, James Allan talks about what it was like to get Drysuit certified and dive his DUI TLS350.

40 Insider Tips for Dive Travel

Now that winter is here, a lot of us are venturing to warm water destinations. Sport Diver Magazine knows there are many questions as a new warm water travel diver. What should I pack? Do I need new gear? What should I expect? So SDM has created a list of 40 Insider Tips for Dive Travel. 

New Camera: SeaLife DC2000

We now carry Sealife’s newest camera, the DC2000. The DC2000 is an easy to use point and shoot camera that provides the photographer the ability to adjust manual controls and RAW formatting capabilities. Learn More Here. 

 Flip 5 Filters for GoPro HERO 3, 4, & 5

The new filters for the GoPro HERO5 Camera are now in stock. These filters are high quality, made by Backscatter. You may or may not know that filters are needed for cameras underwater to put the color back into the images so your photos and videos come out with “true” colors. With the Flip5  3 lens package you can flip between any 2 filters on the same dive with a touch of a finger.  Backscatter also offers a one filter system along with a Macro lens to get up close and personal with little critters. Don’t waste any more time taking dull photos!, Get your filters today and see how your images and videos benefit. You will look like a pro!

Diving the Silfra Fissure in Iceland

Back in December, Shaun and 2 divemasters went to Iceland to dive the famous Silfra Fissure. This dive is fresh water with visibility like you have never seen before. The other aspect of diving there is that you can touch 2 continents at one time! But, there is no life here at all. You must be drysuit certified to dive here but you won’t regret it! To learn more about the Silfra Fissure click here. 

Utila: A Diver’s Dream Destination

Head on over to our blog where Undersea Divers instructor James Allan tells you all about how he fell in love with Utila.

 

How to Use a Compass Underwater

Sport Diver Magazine gives you step by step instructions on how to use your compass correctly and accurately underwater, a skill most of us shy away from.

 

Boston Sea Rovers March 11th & 12th

Save the date! The annual Boston Sea Rovers show is March 11th & 12th. This show includes daytime seminars, exhibitors where you can learn about new dive trips and gear as well as an evening Film Festival.  We will be having a booth in the exhibitor hall so make sure you stop on by! Buy Tickets

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

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

Upcoming Classes

Open Water Diver (class & pool sessions)
March 4th & 11th 9am-4pm
More will be scheduled very soon so check back!

Enriched Air Diver
Anytime: Call to Schedule

DrySuit Diver
Anytime: Call to Schedule

Try Scuba & Refresher Courses
February 4th 1pm – 3pm
March 4th 1pm – 3pm

 

Diving Dry with DUI

This past summer I was lucky enough to be chosen as the Boston Sea Rovers Summer Intern. The Boston Sea Rovers is a large dive club based in the Greater Boston area and boasting a nationwide membership. Each year the club selects one young-adult from a pool of applicants to spend the summer exploring career opportunities in marine science under the guidance and hospitality of the club’s members. The summer is full of brief apprenticeships and adventures both domestic and international.

My summer was full of diving in different parts of the world. I was very fortunate to dive in two new locations: Newfoundland, Canada and (believe or not) the New England Coast. For this cold water diving, Diving Unlimited International (DUI) generously donated a custom-built TLS350 drysuit for my use. Previously deterred by these regions’ colder waters, I was now eager to dive in, armed with a top of the line exposure suit. 

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I thoroughly enjoyed my time underwater while staying warm in my DUI suit. A dry suit works by creating watertight seals at the wrists and neck, ensuring your body stays completely dry while only your hands and head are exposed. I wore thick, 7mm neoprene gloves and hood to keep these areas warm as well. Underneath the suit itself, I wore a special, moisture resistant, DUI sweatsuit. It felt as if I were diving in my pajamas! Despite water temperatures as cold as 44º F, I was plenty comfortable in my TLS350.

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The other aspect of drysuit diving that differs from diving in a wetsuit is that your suit is connected to your air supply via a low pressure inflator hose (similar to your BCD). Given that a relatively large air space is created between your body and the suit, as you descend in the water column, your dry suit will ‘suck’ to your body. In order to compensate for this squeeze, drysuit divers inflate their suits slightly as they descend.

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If you’re interested in learning to “dive-dry” check out Undersea Divers’ Dry Suit Dive course. Drysuit diving not only keeps you much warmer in colder environments such as New England, but allows you to extend your diving season into the colder months. The two day course will teach you everything you need to know about drysuit diving and incorporates academic, confined water, and open water sessions.

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If you’re looking to buy a drysuit, I would highly recommend the DUI TLS350. This custom-built suit fits me perfectly and I can tell it was created with care by the DUI team. The seals are comfortable, I have full mobility underwater, and most importantly it keeps me incredibly warm. In fact, I often am warmer in my drysuit diving in 50º F water than I am diving in my wetsuit in the Caribbean! Check out their website for more information: http://www.dui-online.com/.

We hope to see you around Undersea Divers soon! 

Post By: PADI Instructor James Allan