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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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Swim

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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Travel

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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Dive

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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Travel

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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Dive

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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Travel

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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Travel

The Domino Effect: Sometimes You Have to Roll With the Punches

The Domino Effect: Sometimes You Have to Roll With the Punches

Planning a trip takes a lot of work whether it is a family, solo, or group adventure. This is often a fun and exciting task with a great deal of research, anticipation, and expectation once the trip commences. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking not knowing exactly how things are going to work out. There are always surprises along the way regardless of how well-planned the logistics are. 

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Travel

The Humble Reef Saver

The Humble Reef Saver

Five reasons why the deceptively simple reef saver is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can own, plus a cautionary tale about how to avoid being "that diver."

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Dive

Our Swim School Has Gone Digital!

Our Swim School Has Gone Digital!

Since we can't get in the pool, our staff has been hard at work to bring you great virtual content to keep your mind & bodies moving. 

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Swim

Ocean First in Palau & Yap 2020

Ocean First in Palau & Yap 2020

Exploring Yap was full of diving, amazing food and restaurants, cultural tours, and local culture. Moving on to Palau, it was full of  experiencing the Rock Islands, World War 2 wreck dives, manta rays, cave diving, Jellyfish lake, land tours, and a hike to a waterfall.

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Travel

Top Things To Do in Quarantine to Fuel Your Divelust

Top Things To Do in Quarantine to Fuel Your Divelust

With much of the world under quarantine there isn’t a lot of diving going on right now. We have put our training, traveling, and diving on hold until we can inevitably flip on our fins once again. Fortunately, there is plenty to do from the safety of our homes to fuel our divelust. 

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