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Miss Lauren's Second 10k Swim!

Miss Lauren's Second 10k Swim!

A blog by Lauren Pacheco: "Well, it happened again. One year and some very sore arms later, I have completed my second 10k open water swim. To make things more challenging, in the span of time since my last big race, I had progressed into a harder age group and dealt with some personal, family, and health issues. Read on to find out how I did!"

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Swim

Swimmer of the Month: Hikaru!

Swimmer of the Month: Hikaru!

Congratulations to our Swimmer of the Month: Hikaru! Every month, the Ocean First Swim School rewards special swimmers for their dedication and love for swimming.  Hikaru has been swimming with us for a year and a half, and has already progressed from Beginner I all the way to Intermediate II! Here are some questions we asked to get to know Hikaru better:

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Swim

Meet Your Teacher, Leandra!

Meet Your Teacher, Leandra!

Leandra has been with us since the summer and has proven to be a great asset to the team. Growing up in Maryland she was raised on sailboats and paddle boards and was part of a unique open water swim team know as the river league. She knows a plethora of fun facts so make sure to ask her one next time you see her! Here are some questions we asked Leandra to get to know her better. 

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Swim

Youth Scuba & Marine Science Scholarship Contest

Youth Scuba & Marine Science Scholarship Contest

We are thrilled to announce the A Rising Tide scholarship, an opportunity for three lucky 8th-11th grade students to receive the scholarship of a lifetime: scuba gear, an open water certification, introduction to marine science, and an all expenses paid trip to the Florida Keys.
 

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Dive

Ocean First Swim Retreat in Lake Tahoe

Ocean First Swim Retreat in Lake Tahoe

A group of the swim school staff were afforded the opportunity to attend a Labor Day weekend staff retreat in South Lake Tahoe. Read about it in this trip report by Kathryn Foster.

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Swim

Ocean First in Iceland 2017

Ocean First in Iceland 2017

Many people think of scuba diving as a purely tropical sport; our recent adventure to Iceland put all typical notions of diving destinations to bed. Led by Roger Young, the group adventured both above and below the water. Here’s Roger’s full trip report:

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Travel

Meet Your Teacher, Thea!

Meet Your Teacher, Thea!

Thea joined our team in May of this year, and couldn't be a better fit for the Ocean First family. Not only is she passionate and knowledgable about the marine life, she is dedicated to helping every child become comfortable in and around the water. We asked her some questions to get to know her better:

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Swim

An Evening with Ari Friedlaender, Marine Ecologist & National Geographic Explorer

An Evening with Ari Friedlaender, Marine Ecologist & National Geographic Explorer

Baleen whales face a slew of threats to their survival in the icy waters of the antarctic. Join us on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm for an evening of stories from Ari Friedlaender about his team's efforts to study whales in Antarctica and protect the unique wilderness.

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Dive

Ocean Guardian Dive Club

Ocean Guardian Dive Club

This summer, Ocean First was chosen to be a part of a pilot program through NOAA, called the Ocean Guardian Dive Club. This unique and free opportunity taught the young ocean stewards in our community about our impact on the ocean and our responsibilities for its future.

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Sustainabiity

Aurora Beach Day 2017

Aurora Beach Day 2017

On July 22nd, Ocean First had its first Annual Beach Day event down at the Aurora Reservoir. Conditions were perfect above the surface with blue skies, 80 degree weather, and a cohort of enthusiastic local divers.

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Dive

August Social: Destination Solomons

August Social: Destination Solomons

Learn about travel to the remote South Pacific, hosted by some of Ocean First's all-stars: Amy, Graham, and Klara. Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30pm.

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Dive

Our Employees Share Top Travel Tips

Our Employees Share Top Travel Tips

When you work at a land-locked scuba shop, your employees tend to be active travelers. We asked our staff for their travel tips and what items they can’t board the place without. The top 5 items that everyone listed: microfiber travel towel, portable USB charging bank, dry bags, save-a-dive kits, and a travel pillow. 

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Travel

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