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Woohoo! New Open Water Divers

Congratulations Class of 2017!  During our latest Open Water Class, Rec Diving welcomed five new certified divers to the ranks.

We had two great days of open water dives at Gilboa Quarry.  Congratulations to Lily S, Nina G, Jack G, Jacob B, and Chris Y.  You all rocked! If you are looking to complete your open class, we invite you to join us this summer.  You have six months to complete your open water classes after you complete your pool and class work. What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Just Back from Palau

Rec Diving Founders Linda and Mike Kohut, current Rec Diving Instructor Barb Diefenbaker, and former Rec Diving Instructors Russel Probst and Garth Louis were all diving together in Palau the first week of February aboard the Rock Island Aggressor. They were joined by friends, old and new, for a week of diving the beautiful waters of Palau.

 

 

Cuba is a MUST

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Nowhere in the Caribbean has WOWED us like the Gardens of the Queen. In this super-protected area off the coast of Cuba, we were treated to one of the healthiest coral reefs we have seen in years. Vibrant hard and soft corals, endless sea fans, and giant pillar coral made for a spectacular backdrop, as huge reef sharks and grouper of all kinds and sizes, followed us around like puppies.

We encountered giant loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtles, plenty of moray eels, and hundreds and hundreds of tarpon. We came upon never-ending parades of yellow tails, school masters, chromis, and tangs, and we swam through schools of silversides so dense that we couldn’t see through them. WOW!

If that wasn’t enough, we all had the chance to swim with juvenile saltwater crocodiles (or take photos and video from above water). We learned to salsa dance from our Cuban dive crew. We enjoyed the awesome sights and sounds of colorful Havana and tasted some of the best mojitos ever! Yes, we are going back!

Check out the pics and video from our inaugural trips below and learn how you too can enjoy this very special place!  2017 Dates

Check out video of the incredible diving !  Check out video of the incredible touring topside !

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Bonaire Better than Ever!

As far as Caribbean diving and snorkeling goes, it doesn’t get much better than Bonaire.  Dive, dive, snorkel, dive, dive…ahhhh…what a GREAT way to spend Thanksgiving week.  Here are some of this year’s highlights underwater and topside!

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Walt, Pat and Lori spied this octopus on our night dive AND got up close and personal with this  puffer fish. So much life right off our “house” reef!  The photo ops were incredible.  Thanks for sharing these great shots, Pat!

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Congratulations to wife and husband buddy team Pat Herrel and Walt Ohrbom who logged their 400th dive together on the trip.  Rec Diving instructor Barb Diefenbaker celebrated her 600th dive and  brought the “turkey” on Thanksgiving!

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John Schinella celebrated 500 dives in Bonaire AND became an honorary Ambassador to the island for his 14 trips with Rec Diving!  John has enjoyed some of the best diving in the world with us, but Bonaire remains one of his favorites.

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Thanks to everyone who made this trip extra special.  Stay tuned for more amazing underwater images and video from Bonaire, here on the blog and on social media.  And if you missed it, there’s always next year.  We’re taking reservations for Thanksgiving 2016 and we’d love to have you join us!