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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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Rebreather Demo Weekend

Rebreather Demo Weekend

Rebreathers allow you to dive longer, more safely, and closer to wildlife. During this demo weekend with Gary Boyer, you will learn about the Poseidon SE7EN rebreather and get to try it out in our pool! 

August 17-18th. $50 per person. Contact us to reserve your spot!

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A Rising Tide: More Than Just a Diving Story

A Rising Tide: More Than Just a Diving Story

We are fast approaching the grand finale of the A Rising Tide web series! Find out how you can be a part of the story, Graham's biggest diving milestone yet, and why you should tune into the final episodes of A Rising Tide.

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Sustainabiity

July Social: Crossing Indonesia's Banda Sea

July Social: Crossing Indonesia's Banda Sea

Indonesia sits in the heart of the coral triangle and due to the number of remote islands, the best diving requires a liveaboard and a spirit of adventure. Join us for a free social on Thursday, July 26th hosted by Amy Christopher who recently returned from leading a trip across the remote and extraordinary Banda Sea.

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Meet the Diver of the Month, Marty!

Meet the Diver of the Month, Marty!

After a traumatic near-drowning experience as a child, Marty had been wary of submerging himself in the water. However, a moment of inspiration led him to Ocean First in 2017 to give scuba diving a try. He has been an avid diver ever since, and our instructor team has thoroughly enjoyed working with him and his wife on a variety of continuing education courses. Learn more about Marty and why he has fallen in love with diving: 

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Meet Your Teacher, Shelley!

Meet Your Teacher, Shelley!

Shelley began teaching with us at the beginning of 2018 and has quickly become an integral part of the team. With a background in Elementary School Teaching, she has been passionately working with kids for many years, shifting her focus from the classroom to the water. Here are a few questions we asked Shelley to get to know her better:

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