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Neoprene Wetsuits Series Part 1:  Why doesn’t my wetsuit keep me warm anymore?

Neoprene Wetsuits Series Part 1: Why doesn’t my wetsuit keep me warm anymore?

"When I was first certified, it was recommended that I purchase a wetsuit. Fast forward 4 years and 60 dives and all the gear was still in great shape and working perfectly. A year after that I started my Advanced training and quickly gained 40 more dives….and started freezing on dives that had previously been very comfortable. My suit was only 5 years old and looked perfect, so it had to be me, right??" Read about the importance of your wetsuit and factors that go into why you might need a new one sooner than you think!

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The Ocean Lover's Guide to a Sustainable Beach Day

The Ocean Lover's Guide to a Sustainable Beach Day

As the sun gets hotter and the days get longer, us salty-haired and sandy-toed enthusiasts have one thing in mind: a long-awaited beach day. But as the summer sea-son approaches, we must remain mindful of our own impact on our beloved beaches. All marine life is a part of a very fragile ecosystem that we must protect at all costs.

Here’s some easy tips you can implement to ensure your next beach day is a blast for you and the sea!

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Sustainabiity

Celebrating B Corp & Women's History Month

Celebrating B Corp & Women's History Month

All throughout March, we’re swinging our doors wide open and inviting you in to see what goes on Behind the B. 

Being a B Corp is something we’re really proud of, so for the month of March, we’ll be sharing what our certification means to us and why it matters. 

So here is your invitation to come on in and find out what's Behind the B. ⁠

 

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Sustainabiity

Behind the Gift: Give More By Supporting a B Corporation

Behind the Gift: Give More By Supporting a B Corporation

B Corps have a story to tell! When you give B Corps, you are giving more than a gift. You are giving workers ethical and safe workplaces. You are contributing to flourishing communities. You are supporting the planet by supporting businesses like us that are working to protect it. Most of all, you are giving a gift that makes a difference.

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Sustainabiity

Vast, Resilient, Stunning Namibia!

Vast, Resilient, Stunning Namibia!

Have you ever planned an adventure to a country that is so off the radar that most people need to consult a world map to know where it is? That’s what it was like to tell friends and family that I was heading out on safari to Namibia; you’re going where? I knew for sure I was in for the trip of a lifetime and Namibia delivered on all counts!

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Travel

Safety & Wellness Update

Safety & Wellness Update

Updates regarding our swim school, training, retail shop and travel guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last updated May 24, 2021

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Swim

Get Back To Getting Wet

Get Back To Getting Wet

2020 was a tough year for divers near and far. Divelust became stronger than ever, with a growing desire to breathe humid air and feel the saltwater on our skin. We’ve finally made it to 2021 and there is a shining light for scuba diving and travel once again. Whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, we have some tips to share that will help you reintroduce yourself to get back to getting wet!

 

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Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. ~ Maldives 2021

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. ~ Maldives 2021

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. Can you imagine anything more perfect? For 8 days that was our itinerary as we set sail on the Emperor Explorer in the southern atolls of the Maldives. With amazing food, luxurious accommodations, and idyllic diving...it sounds like a dream, right? 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are approaching quickly, and it’s time to buckle down and start crossing off the gifts for all the special someones on your list. It has always been important to support small businesses, but given this year’s events, it is more important than ever. Shopping small & local this year could be the difference between your favorite business making it to 2021. Here are our gift ideas that support our small business as well as some fellow B Corps and sustainable brands we love.

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Sustainabiity

Travel and Diving in the COVID Era

Travel and Diving in the COVID Era

A personal reflection by Ocean First Ambassador and Avid Scuba Diver, Rhonda Ahrens. Anthony Bourdain said “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.” Even in 2020 there are ways to travel & dive safely. The travel report in this blog is proof!

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Travel

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Swimming During a Pandemic

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Swimming During a Pandemic

Swimming is a great cardiovascular activity for people of all ages, and with the current times, getting kids into swim classes is a wonderful way to keep them active, engaged, and in good health. Here at Ocean First, we are committed to providing a fun, safe environment for your children to learn and develop new swimming skills. We are aware of the uncertainties of the current global pandemic, and we are dedicated to abiding by the guidelines and regulations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Becoming a Caribbean Dive Instructor

Becoming a Caribbean Dive Instructor

"How long is Seven Mile Beach?” a passenger shouted from the back of the bus. It was spring break 2015 on Grand Cayman where I took my first job as a Caribbean scuba instructor. Living in Grand Cayman as a dive instructor taught me so much. Becoming a dive instructor is a challenging and rewarding experience that will change your perspective and show you a new world.

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