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October Underwater with Denver Divers

October Underwater with Denver Divers

October Underwater with Denver Divers

IN THIS ISSUE
UPCOMING EVENT: Fins Attached Fundraiser UPCOMING EVENT: People’s Choice Photo Contest Announcement UPCOMING EVENT: Discover Cocos Island UPCOMING EVENT: End of Year Holiday Party PRODUCT CORNER: Poseidon Se7en On Sale! SWIM SCHOOL NEWS TRAVEL: Philippines Puerto Galera TRAVEL: Grand Cayman TRAVEL: Grand Cayman TRAVEL: St. Lucia TRAVEL: Bahamas Liveaboard TRAVEL: Cocos Island TRAVEL: Turks & Caicos TRAVEL: Fiji, Kadavu SCUBA RANGER NEWS November 6, 7, 8 Classes Canceled

Upcoming Events with 
Denver Divers

Fins Attached 2015 Fundraiser & Silent Auction featuring Activist Sharon Kwok

Sunday, November 1, 2015, from 4 – 8 pm
Join us as we help support Fins Attached Marine Research and Conservation at their annual fundraiser! An amazing organization, dedicated to research, conservation, and education for our marine environment, Fins Attached would like to invite you to learn more about what they do, who they support, and how you can help!
What: Fins Attached 2015 Fundraiser and Silent Auction
When: Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4pm – 8pm
Where: Denver Art Museum at 100 W 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Price: $25 in advance, $35 at the door
Purchase Tickets Here!
During the event Director Dr. Alex Antoniou will give an update on the organization and the current status of shark conservation efforts worldwide. In addition, Sharon Kwok (see bio below) will give a talk about her impact on worldwide shark conservation and how she has been fighting the battle from the front-lines in China. You will also be able to bid on amazing auction items, partake in tasty refreshments and appetizers, and get to know like-minded marine conservationists.
About Sharon Kwok
Artist, actress and activist – a naturalist at heart – Sharon Kwok was born in Hong Kong and grew up in San Francisco. As a fine arts artist, Sharon held her first exhibition at age 17. As an actress, she has been featured in over a dozen movies and all Hong Kong TV stations as well as some abroad. 
Today, Sharon has completely devoted herself to conservation work. A director of WildAid and Mission Blue, she founded AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation Hong Kong to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. She leads conservation efforts in China and other parts of Asia – places where simple changes in traditions could have a critical impact preserving natural resources.

People’s Choice Photo Contest 
Entry deadline: November 7, 2015

2014 Overall Winner: Derek Bamonte
What would our life experiences while diving be if we did not share them with our fellow divers and friends? If you have a stunning photo from one of your amazing scuba trips, it is your scuba duty to enter it in our People’s Choice Photo Contest! That way you can inspire others to share their experiences through photos, and brag about how you won the Denver Divers photo contest!
Winning photos will be added to our revolving online photo show and proudly displayed on canvas on Denver Divers walls. 
Entry Instructions (up to five entries per person):
Pick a category for your photo: Topside, Macro, Wide Angle, Marine Life, and/or HumorPrint your 8×10 photo on photo-quality paper with no border.Bring in your photo with your name, category, and photo title and location written on the back.Come in and vote between November 15 and December 31, 2015 and to see you photo displayed alongside the competition
Winners will be announced following the Annual Holiday Party, and prizes will be awarded in each category as well as an overall prize for best photo. 

Please drop your photos off at Denver Divers and we will mount them for display.

Discover Cocos Island – Research & Travel Seminar

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30pm
Viewed as one of the best places in the world to observe and see large pelagic species, Cocos Island is a dive destination not to be missed. In addition, as the only island in the tropical eastern Pacific, Cocos has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Denver Divers has the unique opportunity to visit this island with PRETOMA and Fins Attached, two non-profits working on marine conservation and research in the area. 
Join us on Monday, October 19 as Dr. Alex Antoniou from Fins Attached tells us more about this island, the research being conducted to preserve its natural resources as well as your opportunity to be able to visit the island next year.

Annual End of Year Holiday Party

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30pm
Join us for our Annual Holiday Party, December 5, at 6:30pm. We will not only have very good nibbles and drink – we will also be showing our annual End-of-Year slideshow as well as exhibiting Photo Contest entries. That night, Training Director Wendel Benjamin will announce the Master Diver Challenge prize winner and the Specialty Diver prize winner. 
Come mingle with your fellow Denver Divers – bring your family (including kids) and friends – and have  a great time while we dream of our next underwater adventures!

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS: EARTHRAGING WITH ENGLISH NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Denver Divers has recently connected to an amazing group of women working on environmental conservation and education abroad. They are seeking masks, fins, snorkels, and wetsuits for kids, so they can donate them to a very well-deserving school in Thailand that was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. 

Have an old mask? Snorkel? Want to help? Please read their story below and drop off your old gear at Denver Divers by October 15, so we can get it to Earthraging before they depart for Thailand.

What is Earthraging?
The service project Earthraging with English is seeking old masks and snorkels for Thai students learning how to swim. Two recent college grads started the program last year while teaching English in rural Southern Thailand through the fellowship program Princeton in Asia. Clare (who went to Cherry Creek HS and studied marine biology at Princeton) and Haley (who is from San Francisco and went to Duke) taught some of the most disadvantaged Thai students who lost their school in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Halfway through the year, they realized that the majority of the students didn’t know how to swim, nor did they interact with their incredible marine backyard (which happens to be one of the most popular dive destinations in all of Thailand, the Similan and Surin Islands). Thus, Earthraging with English was born. 

Clare and Haley led over 300 students on beach cleanups, taught water safe lessons at the beach, and explained the possibilities of one day becoming dive certified and working in the scuba industry, while stressing the importance of environmental stewardship. With the support from a local dive shop in the Khao Lak region, Wicked Diving, and a Princeton in Asia Carrie Bright grant, Clare and Haley are returning to Thailand this November to continue the program and expand it so more students have the opportunity to learn water safe skills and go snorkeling in their backyard reefs.

They are in need of old masks, swim goggles, snorkels, and wetsuits from the smallest child sizes to large adult sizes (the school is 700+ students, K-12). 

Denver Divers will have a box in the shop for you to donate your gear. If you drop it off by October 15, it will make it to Thailand this season for their return trip. Clare and Haley encourage you to check out their website earthraging.org to follow the program through November and to even donate to support the program’s continuation into the future. They need financial support to pay for boat rentals for snorkel days. Their hope is the entire school can experience Earthraging, furthering marine protection at the local level in Khao Lak, Thailand. 

Poseidon Mark Se7en25% Off Retail until October 31You’ve tried it in the pool. You’ve talked to Wendel. If you are ready to jump, now is the time!Diving a fully automated rebreather is scary and expensive. But once you weight the benefits of diving deeper,…staying longer, and not scaring away the fish…or sharks, seems to us to be worth the change. Do you know there is a whole reef system that lives below 180 feet at some dive sites? Did you know that’s where many of the pelagic species live?This is Poseidon’s first-ever promotion on this state of the art rebreather. Rebreather Instructor Wendel Benjamin is scheduling class and pool sessions soon. You can then get your open water certification dives done with us in Grand Cayman over Spring break.
Swim School of Denver News

The Swim School of Denver Fall – Winter – Spring session will not be a “session” – we will instead have continuous class times and dates from August 31 through the end of May. No need to renew your enrollment once you have a time and day you like.

If you do want to end your time before the end of May, just give us three-weeks notice to end your class enrollment. All tuition is pro-rated.

At Denver Divers in Cherry Creek, classes both private and group will be available for kids all day every weekday. If you don’t see what you need, give us a call.

At Denver Divers, we will continue to offer adult lessons Saturday morning and will add Sunday morning adult lessons through Christmas.

We are now open in the Highlands at the Clare Gardens recreation center, so check out our new schedule on the other side of town!
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Group Travel Opportunities

Philippines: Puerto Galera 
for New Years Eve!
December 26, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Very limited spots available!

While you may enjoy a white Christmas and holiday season, we think a tropical New Years is the way to go! Please join us for an exciting get-away to the Philippines for New Years Eve.

We will be staying at Atlantis Resort where you will have access to state-of-the art dive facilities; unlimited daily boat diving; fabulous spa facilities and a variety of land excursions as well. This resort also has many activities for the non-diver, making it the perfect destination for the whole family.

Price: $4,189 (includes airfare!)

Cozumel Carnaval – Back by Popular Demand!
February 6-10, 2016

We just can’t stay away from one of our favorite “local” dive destinations! Join us for a four- night three-day trip to Cozumel, where we will take in the sights above and below the water. We will dive during the day and attend Carnaval (Mexico’s Mardi Gras) at night. 

Price: $1149

Spring Break in Grand Cayman – Something for Everyone!
March 26 – April 2, 2016

As a renowned destination for amazing diving, beaches, and dining, Grand Cayman is the perfect destination for                                                the whole family! 

Join us at Cobalt Coast Resort and experience diving in the Caribbean as it should be. During our stay, you will have limitless shore diving opportunities as well as six days of two-tank boat dives. 

Because Grand Cayman is a well-known technical diving destination, several instructors and customers are planning to dive the new Poseidon rebreather and/or mixed-gas doubles. This will be the first “big” trip for our technical team. Join us!

In addition, your non-diving compadres can set up excursions for snorkeling (remember “Stingray City”), beach going (think Seven Mile Beach), and many different educational opportunities. Because it is Spring Break, this trip has very limited space, so don’t delay!

Price: $3,400 (includes airfare!)

St. Lucia: Anse Chastanet
April 22 – 30, 2016

World-renowned dive resort, Anse Chastanet, has decided to open its doors to Denver Divers, and we want you to come with us! Stay in small private bungalows scattered among the trees on the side of a mountain. 

During the night, listen to night sounds of the rain forest. During the day dive beautiful coral reefs at the foot of the Pitons – just a stone’s throw from the resort’s dive shop and dock.

Just snorkeling? The “house reef” is alive with color. 

And the food?..well the food is just astounding. 

Join us. St. Lucia is a destination every one should experience. The best way to do that in style is with Anse Chastanet at their romantic, built-for-divers, resort.

Price: $3,795 (includes airfare)

Bahamas Liveaboard Adventure
June 3 – 10, 2016

This trip is an adventure! Don’t miss your opportunity to dive through the Bimini Chain and Granda Bahama Bank into the Santaren Channel on the Juliet Liveaboard. 

With a capacity of only 12 divers, the Juliet focuses on the diver experience and is the only liveaboard in the Bahamas that focuses on eco-friendly practices and the education of their divers. With daily marine biologist briefings, you will be sure to learn a ton during your week-long sail with the Juliet and Denver Divers.

Price: $2,189

Costa Rica: Cocos Island Liveaboard
July 24 – August 5, 2016

Swarms of hammerheads, squadrons of rays, and schools of dolphins await at this bucket- list destination! 

And to bring you an even more unique experience, Denver Divers has partnered with two non-profits, Fins Attached Marine Research & Education and PRETOMA, to aid in their efforts to conserve the shark and turtle populations in Costa Rica. During this special expedition, you will have the chance to assist in tagging efforts of many of the species of sharks and turtles in the area and gain a better understanding of the efforts being made to protect these majestic species.

Price: $6,675

August 6 – 13, 2016

Unrivaled wall diving await at this favorite diver’s destination! Don’t miss the Turks and Caicos with Denver Divers this summer. 

We will be teaming up with Dive Provo and staying at Ports of Call, a recently remodeled resort close to everything. The beaches are like powdered sugar. The corals are spectacular. The fish are plentiful and colorful.

In addition to tons of diving, you can also try out kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, or just ride a bike around the island. This trip will have something for everyone, so don’t miss it!

Price: $2,995 (includes airfare)

Fiji: Kadavu
October 6-15, 2016

Known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, Fiji’s crystal clear waters and rich biodiversity are a diver’s dream! Kadavu, located just south of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji, houses some of the most pristine reefs in Fiji and is known for the manta population that inhabits one of their reefs year-round.

Don’t miss this opportunity for a unique experience in one of the most beautiful settings in the world!

Price: $4,095 (includes airfare)

Other Upcoming Group Travel

We are planning more and more trips each day. Please call us for more information about the following trips as we start building our calendar!
Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, Indonesia – 
Early December 2016
Solomon Islands Liveaboard – April 2017

…and many more to come!

MIT SEA PERCH Program is almost here!

Underwater ROV Program
We are currently researching the Sea Perch program at MIT where students utilize PVC materials and electric motors to create underwater remote operated vehicles (ROVs). In the next few weeks, we will be announcing a weekly program where students will learn how to build and test their ROVs in the Denver Divers pool. The program will culminate with a final event where students will compete for prizes, bragging rights, and show off their skills to event attendees.

Junior Open Water: October 9, 10, 11
If your child is 10 years old, now is the perfect time to enroll in our Junior Open Water Rangers Plus Program this October.

Bioluminescence / Halloween Night Dive: October 18th and 25th
Back by popular demand, our Bioluminescence/Halloween night dive features a fascinating discussion and demonstration of animal bioluminescence. Kids then get in our pool and simulate a night dive under some really cool lights!  We have opened up two dates on October 18th and 25th and times will go from 6-8pm.

No Scuba or Swim Classes 
November 6, 7, & 8

Brittany Miller – Denver Divers’ youngest partner -is getting married in Playa del Carmen! Of course scuba diving is a big part of the celebration.
Many of the swim and scuba staff are coming to the wedding. We will keep the retail store open over that time.
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