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The Benefit Of Getting Open Water Certified NOW!

The Benefit Of Getting Open Water Certified NOW!

Do you want to get Scuba Certified but have been holding off because you don’t have a trip scheduled (and have no idea when you will)? With the ability to decrease the stress of needing to complete your certification quickly, the option to practice your skills over time, and the ability to complete your dives locally, why wouldn’t you start your training now in preparation of the time when you can travel again!

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What To Do With My Dry Dive Gear - Part 2: Dive Cameras

What To Do With My Dry Dive Gear - Part 2: Dive Cameras

 Did you know that many of the layers you may own for diving can be used in recreational activities around Colorado? From fleece layers, to rash guards, neoprene booties and socks, to lycra suits - your exposure protection gear can be used in many ways, not just in the water!

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Dive Iceland

Dive Iceland

For me, the North has always meant wonder. Go. Explore. As a child, stories of a land beyond known worlds, shrouded in mist and ice, fascinated me. I read Nordic sagas like some children read fairy tales and longed, perpetually, for the North. So when I graduated high school and found myself facing a blissful, carefree summer before college, there was only one destination on my mind: Iceland. Floating between a geographic anomaly and colder than I’d ever been in my life, I contemplated those very ethics — of exploration and conservation, of wonder for the sake of wonder and wonder for the sake of discovery, of leaving the water and the world itself better than when we found it.

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What To Do With My Dry Dive Gear - Part 1: Dive Cameras

What To Do With My Dry Dive Gear - Part 1: Dive Cameras

We carry a huge variety of equipment that can be used for many other sports and applications other than diving. The equipment we sell can be used in advance of your dive trips which allows you to learn your gear and use it more effectively on those 1-2 outings per year when you are actually diving. While many of us don’t have trips planned, there are many ways to continue learning your system so you can get the most out of it…either while diving or on your own land-locked adventure!

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Sustainable Living in Our World Today

Sustainable Living in Our World Today

Now more than ever it is important to take action in helping our planet. Many people think that plastic pollution and the contamination of our marine ecosystems and the planet as a whole is such a large scale issue that there is nothing they can do to help. But there is! Dozens of brands, groups, and everyday people are making household products that can help you contribute to the efforts of living sustainably. After all, with no blue, there is no green.

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Introduction to our Intermediate Swim Classes

Introduction to our Intermediate Swim Classes

Here at Ocean First, our Intermediate class is a combination of Intermediate I and II. The goal of this class is to establish the foundations of competitive swimming that your swimmer can take with them to our Advanced classes. We focus on technique while also building strength and endurance.

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Key Largo: Domestic Diving at Its Finest

Key Largo: Domestic Diving at Its Finest

Getting out of Colorado to dive into the ocean once again was like a dream! We escaped the dry heat and were greeted by the balmy Florida weather, a plethora of sea creatures and beautiful reefs that provided a blissful sanctuary under the sea.

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Scuba Rangers – Creating Confident Young Divers

Scuba Rangers – Creating Confident Young Divers

Scuba Rangers is a program that allows students as young as eight to get a jump-start on learning the diving skills required to become an open water diver. But as Mark, our Dive Master Instructor, knows, the Rangers often walk away from the program with a new set of life skills that follow them outside of the pool. Read on for Mark's take on the power of the Scuba Rangers program.

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Oh, Mexico: The Time to Go Is Now!

Oh, Mexico: The Time to Go Is Now!

The world we are living in is rapidly changing. Tourist destinations are adapting and learning how to host visitors safely. Our Marketing Director, Caitlin Mahoney, just returned from a trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Read about her experience traveling during COVID-19, whether you are chomping at the bit to fulfill your wanderlust or taking the more conservative route and embracing armchair travel. 

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The 2020 Ocean First Summer Sale

The 2020 Ocean First Summer Sale

We've decided to keep our Summer Sale running all week long! Enjoy our deals through this Friday, July 31st!

We are excited to present you with some retail therapy including sales on equipment, continued education & training programs and brand new OF merch! 

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Diving South East Asia With Only a Backpack

Diving South East Asia With Only a Backpack

Scuba diving is not known for being a gear-light sport, but what if we told you it’s possible to hit the road for an extended trip with a full set of gear and only a backpack? We bring you a report from the field by someone who did just that. (Part 1/2)

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The Sea Is Waiting: Travel & Diving in the New Normal

The Sea Is Waiting: Travel & Diving in the New Normal

As our country begins to reopen I felt it was time to get back on an airplane, get back to the ocean, and get back to diving. The travel aspect was as expected, including masks, social distancing, and precautions taken everywhere. Being back in Key Largo the humid air and ocean smell brough happiness and relief, and the diving did not disappoint! We must be extra cautious and thoughtful now, but we also need to live. The ocean knows and she is waiting for you to come back and immerse yourself.

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