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.

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!









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!









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.









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!

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. 


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


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.


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


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 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.

Video of the Week: An Encounter Like No Other

Nature Up Close. An Encounter Like No Other

Witnessing a moray eel hunting is a treat on any night dive. But how about in broad daylight, when the prey is a fellow eel? Incredible!

More About the Moray Eel

Moray eels may look very snake-like but they are in fact fish. Keeping their mouths open allows constant circulation over their gills allowing them to breath like other fish but sometimes gives them a menacing look.

There are around 200 species that range in size from four inches to up to six and a half feet in length with some weighing in around 30 lbs. and an average lifespan of 10 to 30 years.

They have large eyes but do not see very well relying on their good sense of smell to help locate prey for their carnivorous diet. A slimy mucus covering their body allows them to quickly slither around without getting scratched up.

Moray eels have two sets of teeth with one located in the jaw and one in the throat. This helps them hold on to slippery prey and break up the food for digesting.

Ever wish you knew a professional video editor?

We want to help you make the most out of all that underwater video you have on your camera card or computer.


So what do you do with all that underwater video you shot?  A local expert has some answers.

With the GoPro camera and countless underwater housings now available, more of us than ever are shooting our own dive videos. So, how do you get the most out of your camera equipment and how do you turn it into a great edited video to show your family and friends?

JimBerryLocal professional videographer/editor and long-time Rec Diver Jim Berry is here to help us.  Jim is at Rec Diving each Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm to answer your questions – FOR FREE – until the end of October. 

You can stop by and talk to Jim face to face. Bring your questions and your equipment, if you like!  Get some professional advice on everything from how to “shoot to edit” during the dive to how to back up your video and edit it down into an awesome movie you’ll love to share. 

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We are so excited to offer this opportunity because we know there are a lot of divers out there with great video just sitting on a camera card or computer because you’re not sure where to start or how to use some of the editing software available. 

Let’s face it, part of our diving fun is bringing back our experiences and images to share, right?  Stop in and learn how to make the most out of all that amazing footage you have.  We look forward to seeing you, starting this Wednesday!

We Want to Thank You!

We’re fabulous 40! 

And on Saturday, October 17th

we want to celebrate with you!

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Our Top Pick for Your First Livaboard Experience

We help divers plan dive trips all the time, often making recommendations based on our awesome experiences. We know if you really want to maximize your dive time, then liveaboard dive boats offer some of the best dive vacations you’ll ever enjoy.

Our pick for your first liveaboard is the Belize Aggressor III.  Why?  For ease of diving and diverse marine life, we don’t think it can be beat.  Unpack your gear one time and for the rest of the week your floating home takes you to the best dive sites with no crowds on the reef.  What’s not to love?

Take a giant stride off the back of the boat and you’ll be diving incredible walls and reefs covered with amazing coral formations, giant sponges and teeming with colorful fish and critters. The famous explorer Jacques Cousteau brought his ship, the Calypso here to dive the world’s largest Blue Hole. How cool to follow in his footsteps!

When you’re not diving, you can relax on this roomy 110’ yacht with a shade and sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, stereo and CD player, wet bar and grill, a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computer.

You will never feel like you are on a crowded dive boat. The crew of six are there to cater to only 18 guests in nine deluxe staterooms (each with their own marine head and shower).

You never have to worry about picking out a restaurant or making reservations as all your meals and snacks are included, along with beer and wine and soft drinks. Dress is super casual.  You can even live in your bathing suit and go barefoot all week if you want!

We are excited to have the Belize Aggressor III on our list of upcoming Group Trips for 2016. Rec Diving instructor Barb Diefenbaker is leading this trip from February 6-13, 2016.  Let us know if you’d like to join us on this trip or if these dates don’t work for you, we can book a trip on your schedule.

We know it’s always fun to check out the topside fun before or after your dive liveaboard trip.  We’ve enjoyed everything from jungle spa stays to tree top canopy tours to cave tubing on our past trips to Belize.  We can help you make the most of a few days on land as well.

Let our experience work for you, contact us to plan your dream dive vacation.  We think you’ll really love it!  Check out our already planned escorted group trips here.


Enter to WIN a Dive Trip. Take the Master Diver Challenge!

Advance your diver rating and take the Master Diver Challenge.  You could win a trip aboard the Palau Aggressor or Turks & Caicos Aggressor!

stressHere’s all you need to do to get entered to win a trip of a lifetime aboard one of our favorite liveaboard boats:

Successfully complete any 4 Specialty programs and a Diver Stress & Rescue program and log a total of at least 50 open water dives prior to Master Diver certification.

Maybe you are almost there!  Bring in your log book and let us help you complete a plan to get you to the next level.  Courses are taught using online home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training based around your schedule.  It’s a fun way to log some dives, and remember, you could win the trip.  

At Rec Diving, you will find a wide variety of specialties to choose from like EAN Nitrox Diver, Boat Diving, Deep Diving, Stress & Rescue, Underwater Photography, Night & Limited Visibilty, Underwater Navigation, Dry Suit Diving and many more. You can even combine some specialties and complete them at the same time, for example Boat Diving and Nitrox. We can help you complete these locally or on one of our awesome group trips.

Let’s go diving.  Click here for a list of classes. Contact us today.

Future Divers Discover What’s Under the Sea

Rec Diving hosted an event designed to give our little future scuba divers a peek at what’s Under the Sea. Elli, our own Rec Diving ambassador who started diving eight years ago at the age of ten, showed a short video she put together. The kids got to see some of their favorite Finding Nemo characters in a real aquatic setting. We talked a little about scuba gear and how it helps us go underwater to see these amazing creatures. The kids then had the opportunity to try on masks, fins, snorkels and the full scuba set up including BCD, tank and regulator if they wanted. Kids (8 and older) and their parents where given the opportunity to sign up for a FREE Try Scuba (we bring all the gear and you get to try it in the pool) this July if they were ready to give it a try. Not all of the kids who joined in the fun where old enough for diving lessons yet but they seemed to have a lot of fun too. We want everyone to know how beautiful and exciting the under water world is and how important it is for us to take great care of it for our kids and grandkids – and theirs.

If you couldn’t make it don’t worry, we’re still offering the FREE Try Scuba through the whole month of July! Call, stop by, or click the button below to sign up.

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