Congratulations Julia! Winner of our Bonaire Trip Giveaway

2Bonaire500And the winner of our 40th anniversary celebration grand prize is….Julia Despres!

Julia won our Bonaire Trip Giveaway for two to beautiful Bonaire. We’re so happy to be sending her to diver’s paradise!

The drawing for the Bonaire Trip was held during our Customer Appreciation event held in October. We also gave away other great prizes (and some of our favorite gear) like a Scubapro Chromis Dive Computer, Shark Skin Suit, Stahlsac Mesh Gear Bag , Tusa Mask & Snorkel, and more.

We had a great time visiting with everyone who stopped by like long time friends Karl (a 40 year Rec Diver) and Juanita who have traveled all over the world with us. Newlyweds John and Jen (holding up a copy of the Rec Diving Times) who met on a Rec Dive trip in 1999 and prove that the couple that dives together stays together. And of course, Donna the Shark!

A special Thanks to the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort &  Casino for providing this great trip, and our friend (and sales rep) Mike Comsa who donated the Sharkskin Suit and Stahlsac Mesh Bag, Scubapro for donating a Chromis Dive Computer, and Tusa for the Mask & Snorkel. 

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Congratulations Julia! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

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CJ was the lucky winner of a Sharkskin technical watersports suit which we know she’ll love.

Mike walked away with Mask and Snorkel from Tusa

Lucky Mike walked away with Mask and Snorkel from Tusa

Karl is one of Rec Divings very first customers. He and Juanita met while diving with us.

Karl is one of Rec Divings first customers. He and Juanita met while diving with us.

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Jon and Jen also met on a Rec Diving trip and recently traveled to the Maldives with us.

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Donna showing up in this shark costume was an awesome suprise – thanks for making our day.

What’s black & white and lives in the ocean? Calypso

That’s the name you picked for this very special whale shark.

The spring Rec Diving group trip to the Maldives introduced us to this gentle giant and one of our favorite Rec Divers, John Koh, captured images of this whale shark with his GoPro on the Maldives trip.   He shared them on social media and the folks from whalesharks.org contacted him with the big news that this particular whale shark had not been identified!

Did you know each whale shark has its own “bodyprint”?  Scientists use software pattern recognition algorithms to identify an animal within a catalog of thousands of spot patterning images using a whale shark’s unique “bodyprint” as an identifier.

John was offered the opportunity to name this shark and he shared that opportunity with all of you. As one of our summer contests, you were invited to cast your vote for one of the names submitted or to suggest one of your own. “Calypso” was the winner.

Now all you Rec Divers, keep an eye out for Calypso on your next dive and tell her we all send our best if you see her. And, a huge Thank You to John for sharing this special opportunity with all of us.