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All Rivers Lead to the Sea

All Rivers Lead to the Sea

We have all heard the adage “all rivers lead to the sea” but when was the last time that you really truly internalized its implications? Two of Ocean First's staff recently embarked on a multi-day rafting adventure with Adrift Dinosaur to reconnect with the wilderness and waterways who's health is interconnected with the health of our ocean.

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Sustainabiity

Ocean First in Cocos Island, July 2019

Ocean First in Cocos Island, July 2019

Amy recently returned from leading another adventure to Cocos Island, her favorite diving destination ever (and that’s saying a lot!) There was magic in those waters: daily whale shark sightings, dolphin greetings, tons of species of sharks, and all shared with a tight group of friends old and new. Read on to find out what makes this place so special: 

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Travel

June 8th: The Ocean First Summer Party & Sale

June 8th: The Ocean First Summer Party & Sale

You are invited to our 13th annual Summer Party extravaganza. This is our BIGGEST event of the year and includes a store-wide sale, pool demos, classroom seminars, free food and drinks, and an ever-growing raffle with some seriously cool prizes. It's all happening on World Oceans Day: Saturday, June 8th

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Swim

9 Ways To Make Long Travel Days More Bearable

9 Ways To Make Long Travel Days More Bearable

We love traveling but sometimes the actual act of getting there means a daunting amount of time in transit. Amy Christopher, our Director of Travel, offer some seasoned advice on how to make those long days a little more enjoyable. 

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Travel

Splash Day 2019

Splash Day 2019

Mark your calendars for our spring Splash Day! On Sunday, May 19th from 12:00-4:00pm we invite our current swimmers to participate in a unique and important opportunity to put their water safety skills to the test in a safe and fun environment! New families are invited to try our swim program for free, just register online or give us a call. 

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Swim

If You Were to Buy One Piece of Equipment, This Is It.

If You Were to Buy One Piece of Equipment, This Is It.

A meditation on the order of purchasing scuba gear by our retail manager & buyer, Kathy Gagliardo.

 

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Dive

Instructor Highlight: Meet Kim!

Instructor Highlight: Meet Kim!

Kim joined our crew of incredible scuba instructors back in 2017 and quickly became an invaluable member of the team. In addition to teaching our regular students at Ocean First, she also frequently works with middle and high school students in our TIDES program. It's hard not to have a smile on your face after a conversation with Kim and her students always compliment her on patience and positive energy.

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Dive

Swimmer of the Month - Casey!

Swimmer of the Month - Casey!

Congratulations to our Swimmer of the Month, Casey. Casey started in Beginner I and has worked his way up to Intermediate where he is doing freestyle and backstroke. Here are some questions we asked Casey to get to know him better.

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Swim

Why choose a group dive trip?

Why choose a group dive trip?

Travelers often resist the idea of group travel - with the ease of online booking, why not just travel on your own instead of with a group of strangers? Group travel has tons of advantages, especially for people wanting to get the most out of their scuba experience! Amy Christopher, Ocean First’s Director of Travel, sheds some light on the benefits of group travel:

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Plastic Pollution Solutions

Plastic Pollution Solutions

Plastic pollution is a global issue that cannot be ignored – it affects every corner of the planet, including the ocean. Ocean First’s Thea Rogier dives into the issue and why it’s more important than ever to take steps to minimize our contribution to the problem.

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Sustainabiity

Ocean First in Tahiti January 2019

Ocean First in Tahiti January 2019

Ocean First recently returned from the South Pacific, where they experienced a welcome reprieve from winter in Tahiti’s action-packed reefs. Kathy Gagliardo, Ocean First’s trip leader for this expedition, shares tales of their experiences in this bucket-list destination.

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Travel

Top Three Continuing Education Courses (And Why)

Top Three Continuing Education Courses (And Why)

Want to become a better diver? You can dive to your heart's content, but the key to growing as a diver lies in continuing your education. Scott Griesser, Ocean First’s Training Director, breaks down the top three con-ed courses he recommends for every diver:

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