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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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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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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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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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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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Kent Denver's TIDES Expedition to Belize

Kent Denver's TIDES Expedition to Belize

Underwater baited cameras, plankton tows, coral transects, and laser photogrammetry devices made up only a portion of the scientific apparatus aboard the Belize Aggressor III, where Kent Denver students performed hands-on citizen science as a part of the TIDES program. 

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Sea Turtles Need A Fighting Chance

Sea Turtles Need A Fighting Chance

According to a new report, median sea turtle populations have soared by 980% followed by regulations established by the Endangered Species Act. If we want to save species from extinction, we need to give them a fighting chance!

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Scuba Diving Science Fair Project

Scuba Diving Science Fair Project

In late 2018, we were approached by a young TIDES student, Grace, who was inspired to develop a science fair project about scuba diving. She wanted to know what effect scuba diving had on vital signs.

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Volunteer Day at Community Food Share

Volunteer Day at Community Food Share

Ocean First joined up with fellow B Local Colorado businesses for an afternoon of volunteering at Community Food Share. Our group was tasked with sorting through almost 1500lbs of oranges destined for their Feeding Families program.

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Sustainabiity

Ocean First in Fiji - New Years '18/'19

Ocean First in Fiji - New Years '18/'19

On December 30, twelve Ocean First divers disembarked a plane in Nadi Fiji, ready to spend their final days of 2018 and their first days of 2019 on a South Pacific diving adventure. Voli Voli Beach resort is located on Viti Levu, the biggest island of Fiji, best known by divers as “The Soft Coral Capital of the World.” Scott Griesser, Ocean First’s Director of Training, was the man in charge; read on for his trip report:

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