Wishing Judy a Happy Retirement

Thank you to everyone who came to wish Judy a happy retirement and to those that sent their best wishes. Judy has been with Rec Diving for more than 30 years and we are really going to miss seeing her everyday!

 

 

                                               

Wow, Diving Cuba!

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 turtles, plenty of moray eels, and hundreds of tarpon. We came upon never-ending parades of yellow tails, school masters, chromis, and tangs! Sharks, sharks and more sharks…reef, silky…oh and the great hammerhead!  WOW!

We 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.  We’ve said it before.  Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen is a must-do for every diver.

Coats for Kids

This holiday season we asked the Rec Diving community to donate winter gear to the students at Bethune Elementary-Middle School. And we could not believe the response we received! Before we knew it our donation box was overflowing.

Rec Diving team member Taylor took the donations to Bethune where the City Year team set up the “Rec Diving boutique”.  Students without coats were told that they had won one and the excitement was electric. The girls modeled their coats as if on a runway, smiles were all around, and it was all possible thanks to you. Thank you from Rec Diving and thank you from the students of Bethune Elementary-Middle School!

Looking for unique gifts? We can help!

From the diver who needs everything to the diver who has everything. You tell us who you’re shopping for and we will give you some great ideas.

Classes

From a one night Try Scuba or Beginning Scuba Class to Advanced Training and Specialty Classes. What a wonderful way to share our underwater world. 

Equipment

No matter what your budget is we can show you equipment that any snorkeler or diver would love to have in their gear bag. 

Travel

“Best Gift Ever”, that’s what they’ll say (and maybe you’ll get to enjoy it too?). We can help you plan an amazing dive adventure above and below the water. 

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Cuba is a MUST

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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Digital Certification Cards & On-line Learning

Get the new SSI App. Free, easy to install, intuitive and everything a diver needs at home and abroad:

  • Your SSI certifications
  • Important Checklists:
  • Dive Planning, Equipment, Buddy Checklist
  • Hand Signals Review
  • First Aid and Neuro Assessment Flow Charts – just in case of an emergency!
  • SSI Dive Center & Resorts near you and worldwide – all with a detailed description of their services offered.

How can I get to the Digital materials?

Download the FREE DiveSSI App – iOS or Android. You can even try out some programs FREE. Just go to divessi.com and register. After the registration you’ll get FREE access to Freediving Basic/Snorkeling, Try Scuba and Scuba Diver.

Once you sign up for the complete program, Open Water Diver, you’ll get complete access. You can even choose the offline version and download the material directly to your smart device making it available anytime – online or off.

Tubbataha

When it comes to dive trips, does it pay to plan ahead?  We think so.  Especially if you want to dive a super protected reef like Tubbataha.  After a year of anticipation, we were blown away.  This place has it all – a reef that is so dense in diverse marine life and topside some of the most beautiful island beaches we have ever seen.   Check out a short video here.

Special thanks to photographers Kim Tomala, Bill Nyitray, Randy Judd, Russ Propst and Chris Konyn for sharing some trip pics below.  Stay tuned…more to come 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a great group of divers and snorkelers who enjoyed all kinds of  big and little critters and day after day of beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Congratulations to Coni, Dee Dee and Michelle!  Each of these divers logged dive #400 in Tubbataha. We also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and Cathy and Pat’s birthdays on the trip.

We had some “firsts” to cheer as well.  For the divers who encountered their first whaleshark, first hammerhead shark and first manta rays, this trip was extra special!

We can’t wait to go back and we are already working on trips to Tubbataha for clients for next year.  If we can help you create your own dream trip to this dream dive destination, let us know.

There is a limited diving season in Tubbataha and a limited number of operators.  As we said, this one is worth planning for!

 

 

Ringing in the New Year in Roatan

We can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than on a dive trip.  It’s become a Rec Diving tradition and it never disappoints!  We had a week of exploring a super healthy reef with critters galore, and special encounters with sharks and dolphins.  It was a week of lots of laughs and adventures with two boat loads of awesome divers and snorkelers.  We had the pleasure of being part of so much fun and success as our dive buddies improved buoyancy control, advanced diver ratings and celebrated individual diving “firsts”.  Woohoo!  Check out a few of the trip pics below.  And don’t be left out next year when we head to Cayman Brac to dive and celebrate again!

Diane and Jim, our fearless Rec Diving group leaders Betsy (right) celebrates dive #100 with Greg, Meghan and Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 generations of divers in 1 family, the Gregory’s Father and daughter dive team, John and Elli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert and Anna with their dive buddy dad, John Jordan rockin’ his new Sharkskin Dive Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine survives her first shark dive Dave enjoys the best birthday present ever…his trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie and dive buddy mom, Traci, our “birthday” girl Roatan’s healthy and colorful reef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah with dive buddy mom, Jan New Year’s beach party dance off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indigo Blue Hamlets were everywhere As were turtles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fewer sightings (thankfully) of the lion fish And lots and lots of eels

Need some help with great gift ideas?

Belle is an expert at all things diving. She can definitely help you out with gift ideas for the divers and snorkelers on your list. Classes, equipment, dive travel, whatever you need. And if your still not sure, gift certificates are always the right size and color. Check out Belle’s video below.