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Safety & Wellness Update

By OceanFirst on 3/24/20

Updates from Ocean First

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”

American poet, singer, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, bravely stated, “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refused to be reduced by it.” It is in this spirit that Ocean First forges ahead during these surreal and difficult times. In just a matter of weeks, our world has been changed forever. 

But despite the ongoing challenges surrounding this pandemic, some incredibly strong and powerful things remain. One such force is the passionate and supportive community at Ocean First. For over 13 years, Ocean First has been synonymous with adventure, respect, and discovery, and we want our beloved community to know that those same B Corp values ring true in the face of adversity. 

This is in part why I decided to continue paying all Ocean First staff through this challenging period. While this was certainly not an easy- or financially sound- decision, we’re first and foremost a family and I’m confident this adversity will only serve to make us a stronger, more united, and adaptable community.

As we navigate the challenges of the next few weeks, we ask for your patience and understanding as this is unchartered territory for us all. As you have probably heard, Governor Polis has ordered all pools to be closed through April 30th. As such, we are now taking enrollments for swim lessons beginning May 1st. However, we are still offering online scuba training and pickup and drop-off for gear servicing, so please feel free to contact the shop between 12-5pm M-F for more information. 

In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.”

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to reopening our doors soon and welcoming back our passionate and committed community.

Yours truly,

Graham Casden 

Updated 3/24/20 1:30pm

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Ocean First Swim School is closed effective March 15th through March 29th, including all lessons, swim clubs, and spring break camps. We will be updating our website periodically during this time. We value your commitment to Ocean First, which is why we are taking proactive measures to ensure all lessons missed during this time will be credited and applied to the next billing cycle. If you have any questions please reach out via email at swim@oceanfirst.blue

Our retail shop is closed through Sun. 3/29. We are taking phone calls between the hours of 12-5pm Mon - Fri. If you have serviced gear to pick up, need to purchase a quick item, have questions on scuba lessons, or questions in general there will be a staff member answering calls during these hours. Alternatively you can contact Ocean First at info@oceanfirst.blue and one of our team members will get back to you as quickly as possible. We can register you for online scuba classes as well as upcoming dive adventures to keep your scuba dreams alive!

All training courses and trips originally scheduled from March 17th - March 29th have been cancelled. Classes will be rescheduled to a later date to be determined. We will do whatever we can to accommodate your needs and schedules once we re-open our doors. In addition, all rescheduling fees and penalties have been waived during this time. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email our training director at Danny.Knoll@oceanfirst.blue. In the meantime stay safe and we look forward to diving with you soon. 

Ocean First Travel Recommendations

Ocean First is closely monitoring the rapidly changing travel environment during this challenging time. We understand that our travelers have made a significant investment in their vacation plans and that there may be uncertainty surrounding your upcoming trip. Each airline, resort, and liveaboard have different policies and our travel team is available to help navigate these uncharted waters.

Upcoming Group and Individual Travel (through April 2020): We are monitoring the regulations and advisories for our group adventures with departure dates through the end of April. Most of our operators are allowing us to move these dates to a later time without penalties. We ask that all travelers with trips booked through Ocean First during these travel dates contact Amy Christopher (amy@oceanfirst.blue) for additional information.

Future Group and Individual Travel (after April 2020): We will continue to monitor the regulations and advisories as more information becomes available. At this time, it is too early to have any visibility for travel past April.

Travel Insurance: As with all trips, Ocean First strongly advises securing travel insurance to protect your investment. If you choose to secure insurance for a trip that is imminent, canceling due to coronavirus will not be covered. If you become ill and cannot travel, this will likely be covered. Each policy is unique and we urge all travelers to read through their policy to fully understand the stipulations. Here are some recommendations for travel insurance:

Divers Alert Network

Travel Guard

Dive Assure

International Country Advisories: Please click on this link for a full list of individual country travel advisories: IATA Travel Advisories

Updated 3/17/20 10am

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