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OFtoberfest Fall Sale Event

OFtoberfest Fall Sale Event

SATURDAY, 10.20, ONLY: Celebrate the changing of the seasons with deep discounts on your favorite gear, including a full open water system for only $999! Plus, free reusable straws for every customer. You're not going to want to miss this. 

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October Social: Love The Wild with Jacqueline Claudia

October Social: Love The Wild with Jacqueline Claudia

A conversation about sustainable seafood with founder of LoveTheWild, Jacqueline Claudia. Thursday, October 18th at 6:30pm

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Sustainabiity

Meet the Diver of the Month: Deborah Halley

Meet the Diver of the Month: Deborah Halley

Deb has shown an incredible amount of motivation to not only become a diver, but to truly learn about the complexities of the ocean environment and further her diving knowledge. Her constant smile, positive attitude, and eagerness to learn has made her a permanent part of the Ocean First family. We asked Deb a few questions to get to know her better:

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Ocean First in the Channel Islands 2018

Ocean First in the Channel Islands 2018

Ocean First traveled to the Channel Islands in August 2018 for a unique, hands-on adventure in collaboration with renowned whale scientist Ari Friedlaender. While the whales didn't behave as the group had hoped, wine tasting, diving in the kelp forests with seals, and learning about whale research kept the group more than entertained. Read on for Amy's trip report. 

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September Social: The Wild, Weird World of Sharks

September Social: The Wild, Weird World of Sharks

Join us on Thursday, September 20th for The Wild, Weird World of Sharks with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza. Learn about this incredible and diverse species and how scientists like Mikki are trying to save them from extinction. 

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Sustainabiity

Ocean First in the Galapagos & Amazon River 2018

Ocean First in the Galapagos & Amazon River 2018

In a tour of Ecuador’s greatest hits, Ocean First recently traveled to species-rich islands of the Galapagos and the equally mythical Amazon River. Led by seasoned Ocean First veteran, Roger Young, and our newest trip leader, Kelly Faulkner, this trip turned out to be an incredible land and sea adventure.

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Scuba Gear Swap

Scuba Gear Swap

Turn your used scuba and snorkel gear into cash! On Saturday, August 18th from 11am-4pm, buyers can get killer deals on used gear and sellers can earn some sweet cash for their otherwise dust-collecting equipment. Starting on August 11th, sellers are invited to bring their functional used equipment into Ocean First, where our retail specialists will determine an appropriate re-sell price. Read on for more information.

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Aurora Beach Day: August 25th

Aurora Beach Day: August 25th

Who says there's no diving in Colorado? Join us on Saturday, August 25th for a day of local diving and topside fun at Aurora Reservoir's scuba beach! 

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Three reasons why we teach the roll-over breath technique

Three reasons why we teach the roll-over breath technique

Being able to take an independent breath is essential to swimming. While there are different methods of thought for how to best teach this skill, Ocean First Swim School's internationally recognized training program, Swim Schools International (SSI), teaches the roll-over breath technique for three main reasons:

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Zero Waste Happy Hour on Aug 3rd

Zero Waste Happy Hour on Aug 3rd

Dig your toes in the sand on Ocean First's beach and enjoy some fun in the evening sun during this special summer edition happy hour! Featuring craft beer, a vegetarian-friendly BBQ, and volleyball/spikeball/cornhole, this event is free and open to the public! August 3rd from 6-8pm at Ocean First. 

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Sustainabiity

Coral Restoration in St. Croix

Coral Restoration in St. Croix

We hear a lot of doom and gloom stories about how the ocean's coral populations are in serious trouble due to climate change. The good news is that there are a lot of people working hard to fight back against the odds and help restore the coral, including the people at the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in St. Croix. In May of 2018, Ocean First and a group of divers led by Mark Duvall traveled to the Caribbean island to put their scuba skills to use doing hands-on volunteer work for CRF. 

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Ocean First in Grenada 2018

Ocean First in Grenada 2018

In June of 2018, Kellon and Jess led a group of adventurous freedivers on an apnea-only trip to the Caribbean island of Grenada. In addition to doing some serious freediving practice, they also had incredible wildlife encounters! Read Kellon's trip report here: 

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