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Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation Needs Your Help

Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation Needs Your Help

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Helping boys and girls prepare for life’s challenges is one of the primary goals of scouting and school organizations. Every summer, hundreds of young people spend a week or more at Tanah Keeta Summer Camp in Tequesta. Jupiter Dive Center is proud to help these youths learn more about the marine environment by introducing them to the joys of scuba diving.

Do you remember the excitement you felt when you took your first breath underwater? Jupiter Dive Center in partnership with the Tanah Keeta Summer Camp, provides that experience to the young men and women attending the camp. Depending on the skill level of the youth, they can choose from Discover SCUBA, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Enriched Air Diver courses. Sadly, several programs are now in jeopardy as the pool where the instruction begins requires a complete overhaul.

As stated on the scout website “The Tanah Keeta pool is 33 years old and has not yet had any significant renovations other than patching what is already there.” Due to the rural nature of the camp, the planned overhaul is a major project that extends beyond the Olympic-sized pool and the Gulf Stream Council is asking for your help. More than half of the needed funds for the project have been raised, yet $400,000 more is needed.

So, why should you consider donating? According to the Gulf Stream Council, local Boy Scouts of America provided over 77,682 hours of community service in 2018, including food drives, conservation projects, projects that benefitted schools, churches, communities and other organizations. Altogether, the projects equated to $1.9 million dollars of service all performed in our local communities.

The Scout Oath includes a promise “…to help other people at all times.” These young people have fulfilled that promise, working hard for their communities. It’s our turn to return the favor and show them some appreciation.

To donate, please visit https://www.gulfstreamcouncil.org/pool-donations

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Did you see any sharks?

“Did you see any sharks?”  It’s one of the most common questions that non-divers ask divers. Fortunately, if you dive with Jupiter Dive Center, the answer is often a resounding Yes! Sharks are fascinating creatures and sighting one (or more) is often the highlight of any dive.

Sharks have been in the water far longer than humans have been on land. They can be found in every marine environment. The waters off the coast of Jupiter, Florida are frequented by an array of species that include nurse, lemon, tiger, bull, sand, reef, hammerhead sharks, and more. Even whale sharks have passed through our waters!

If you are diving in their territory, chances are, you are going to encounter a shark. The first time you see a shark in close proximity, it’s an adrenaline rush. Sharks can be big, nimble, and intimidating.  The best way to combat fear is to learn the facts. How? Sign up for a Shark Awareness course.

Divers often become shark advocates. We have sharks to thank for the abundance of marine life we see on our dives. As apex predators, sharks contribute to the overall health of the marine ecosystem. Their presence indicates animals further down the food chain are at sustainable levels. When a species is nearing depletion, sharks adapt by targeting more plentiful species. Sadly, many shark species are deemed vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. The biggest threat to their population comes from overfishing.

The popular misconception that sharks are mindless killers is false. They are also not “vengeful, man-eaters” as presented in movies. Even Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws, is now an advocate for shark conservation. The likelihood of being attacked by a shark is minimal, but it can happen. Knowing how to recognize behavioral clues that a shark is agitated is one way to minimize the risk. Harassing any marine wildlife is a surefire way to get hurt. Don’t be that diver.

Sharks have a mystique about them that is compelling. Sharing their environment is an honor. As divers, we are able

to acknowledge their value to the marine ecosystem and advocate on their behalf. Join us for a class or sign up for a dive charter. (Look for the arrival of lemon sharks in the new year when conditions are more to their liking.) We bet you become an advocate too!

 

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Customer Appreciation Week Means Discounted Dives!

Customer Appreciation Week Means Discounted Dives!

The holidays can be stressful. Diving shouldn’t be.

As another year draws to a close, Jupiter Dive Center wants to spread some holiday cheer. December 17 through December 23 is customer appreciation week. We’re discounting our charter rates to $55.00 for a 2-tank dive in honor of you.  The diving community is full of amazing individuals and we are grateful for your support.

Merry Christmas to you all, and may we share many more adventures together in 2019.

Book your dive here

 

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The Importance of Travel Insurance

You’ve finally done it. It’s been on your bucket list since you first became certified to dive and you’ve booked your dream dive vacation. You’ve counted down the days and now it’s the night before you’re supposed to embark on your holiday. Only there’s a problem: you’re sick, the tour company went belly up, you had a family emergency, or any other event that is going to keep you from your vacation.

Now what? The answer depends on whether or not you booked travel insurance and if it covers your particular problem.

Open Water Classroom

Do Your Due Diligence

Not all insurance travel policies are created equal, nor do they universally cover all eventualities that impact a holiday. Some policies are meant to assist with medical issues experienced on vacation—more on that in a bit. Other policies cover cancellations due to a provider going out of business or if transport to the destination causes you to miss the event. Still other policies cover evacuation due to a natural disaster or political unrest. Some even reimburse the cost of replacement clothing if you end up in your destination, but your luggage doesn’t.

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

Again, it depends. While peace of mind is often reason enough to purchase travel insurance, no one wants to toss away money on a policy that isn’t needed. Depending on the policy, the coverage may be extremely limited—making it difficult to collect on a claim. And while routine medical issues may be covered by one’s regular medical insurance, mishaps that occur during adventure sports such as scuba diving most likely won’t be covered without additional coverage.

Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center

We love to travel and have several adventures already planned for 2019, including Dunbar Rock in Honduras, Little Cayman Island, and the Solomon Islands. We’ve done our homework, visited the resorts, and made all the arrangements so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. Over the years, we’ve learned that travel insurance is a really good idea.

Our adventures take place across the globe, and Jupiter Dive Center highly recommends trip insurance that at the least covers cancellation and weather-related issues.

We require our travelers to be a member of DAN.  Divers Alert Network has been serving scuba divers for thirty years and provides emergency assistance, medical information, resources, education, and best of all—peace of mind. Dive accident insurance (and optional gear coverage) is only one aspect of this non-profit agency.  Even if you aren’t traveling with us, becoming a member of DAN is something you should consider.

Here are a few scuba diving medical and travel insurance options to explore:

DAN Medical Insurance

DAN Travel Insurance

Dive Assure Medical Insurance

Dive Assure Travel Insurance

 

 

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Jupiter Dive Center’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and whether you are interested in equipment, experiences, or education, Jupiter Dive Center can help you select the perfect gift for every scuba diver on your list!

Let’s start with the basics. Scuba divers often purchase their own regulator, buoyancy compensator device, computer, mask, fins, and snorkel. Jupiter Dive Center is a platinum Scubapro dealer, and we have everything you need.

Want to make an impression? The G2 dive computer will definitely do the trick. The G2 has an intuitive menu, rechargeable battery (with up to 50 hours on a single charge), easy to read display, a huge 485 MB memory capable of storing dive profiles, pictures, tables and more, and the ability to sync to all your PC, Mac, Android, and IOS devices. It’s available in wrist or console models.

Some of the best gifts are experiences, and traveling to a dream destination to dive is hard to beat. Jupiter Dive Center has several trips planned in 2019, including Dunbar Rock in Honduras, Little Cayman Island, the Solomon Islands and more!

Villa On Dunbar Rock March 2019

 

If your special someone has already signed up for a trip, you can still make traveling easier with a new gear bag. Whether transporting equipment from the trunk of the car to the dive boat, or traveling halfway around the globe, the right gear bag makes a diver’s life easier. One of our favorites? The Scubapro Travel Bag—it’s a midsize rolling bag with a removable front backpack. Add the Scubapro Dry Bag 5 to protect any valuables that don’t mix well with saltwater, and your diver will be ready for their dream vacation in style.

Specialty courses focus on different ways divers can enjoy the ocean, and giving the gift of a dive course prepares your diver for new adventures! Jupiter Dive Center offers classes from basic certification to professional divemaster in addition to a wide variety of specialty courses exploring wrecks, navigation, photography, night diving and a host of other possibilities. For a complete list of specialties, click here.

 

Buying a gift doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money and Jupiter Dive Center has plenty of ways to save. Our most popular gift? Trip Cards. The more charter trips you buy in advance, the more free trips you get! Trip cards are available in 5, 10, and 20-dive options. Plus, Trip Cards never expire!

Jupiter Dive Center Boats

 

Another way to stretch your holiday budget is to buy equipment that has already been in the water. Every year, Jupiter Dive Center replenishes their rental gear and there are bargains galore on lightly used Regulators, computers, and buoyance compensators. Come on in to see the selection.

 

Looking for something small but essential? Different types of diving require different gear. Every diver should have his or her own surface marker buoy. Drift diving? A “safety sausage” is required. If your diver enjoys night diving, check out Scubapro’s line of flashlights. Rugged and reliable, they are available in a variety of sizes so that your diver always has a functioning primary and redundant light source! Wreck diving? How about a new reel?

For the mystery reader in your life, Jupiter Dive Center is proud to sell autographed copies of Beached, by Micki Browning. Set in the Florida Keys this award-winning novel is the next best thing to being underwater!

 

Stuck on what to get for stocking stuffers? Sure, you can pack your loved one’s stocking with gum and lip balm, but how about a new log book, or a container of de-fog? Clips, tethers, straps, and o-rings are way better than sugarplums. These are just a few of the little items that can make the difference between scrapping a dive or having the resources to fix a problem. Inexpensive, but priceless when needed.

So what’s the one thing you don’t want to buy for someone else? A mask. Every individual’s face is different and it’s critical that a mask fits. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t bring him or her into the shop after the holidays to pick one out, or you can just look at our next gift suggestion…

 

Let’s face it. You can’t go wrong by giving a gift card. Available in any amount, you can tuck it into a stocking, put it in a holiday card, or even wrap it in a box. No need to worry about size or colors. A gift card is always perfect.

jupiter dive center gift card

No matter the occasion, Jupiter Dive Center can take the worry out of gift giving. So stop in and let our knowledgeable staff help you select the perfect gift!

From all the crew at Jupiter Dive Center, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

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FWC to Address Blue Heron Bridge Regulations

Blue Heron Bridge is consistently touted by dive magazines and in diver polls as one of the top-ranked dive sites in the United States for its marine diversity, easy access, and macro-photography opportunities.  On any given dive, scuba divers and snorkelers may encounter polka-dot batfish, hairy blennies, spotted eagle rays, bluespotted searobins, octopuses, longsnout seahorses, garden eels, gobies, and a host of other marine animals.

Blue Heron Bridge is a special dive site and over the years, divers and environmentalists have banded together in order to protect the wonderful biodiversity found in the waters off the shores of Phil Foster Park.  A recent event involving a commercial collector highlighted concerns that even the legal removing of species from such an accessible area would irreparably damage the site, and it sparked a renewed urgency to reach an agreement with the state to protect this valuable resource.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is poised to discuss the collection of tropical fishes and other marine animals from the Blue Heron Bridge dive site at their December 2018 meeting in St. Augustine.  It’s an important opportunity for individuals who would like to make their concerns known.

Together, divers can make a difference. Most recently we saw the power of our voices when divers opposed the limited harvesting of goliath groupers. Diverse stakeholders all had a chance to address the commissioners, and ultimately, the commissioners realized that they needed more stock and management studies before they could make an informed decision.

The FWC commission meeting is scheduled on December 12 and 13, 2018, and the meeting is open to the public for comments. You can make a difference! Attend the meeting in St. Augustine and make yourself heard. At the time of this post, the agenda had not yet been posted so the exact date and time for the Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster Park discussion is pending. In addition, the commissioners will revisit the goliath grouper issue and determine their next steps. Please check the FWC link for further information.

As anyone who has explored the Blue Heron Bridge dive site knows, the marine creatures encountered just offshore are rarely so easily found elsewhere. It is what attracts divers, photographers, and sadly commercial collectors. Divers come from around the nation and across the globe to experience this bucket-list dive. Please help us protect it.

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10 ways to Save Money at Jupiter Dive Center

10 ways to Save Money at Jupiter Dive Center

It’s always a great time to save money. It’s even better to save money doing something you love—scuba diving! Jupiter Dive Center wants to share 9 ways to make that happen. Some of these deals only come around once a year, and others never go away, but they all add up to big savings!

  1. Dive for FREE on your birthday! That’s right. Free. Just make your reservation, and when your special day arrives, come on into the shop, flash some identification, and receive your free 2-tank dive—a $75 value. Now that’s worth celebrating!
  1. Do you dive—a lot? Purchase a trip card and save some cash. Here’s how it works: the more charter trips you buy in advance, the more free trips you receive!

Purchase a 5-dive Trip Card for $375. Get 1 trip free. The savings is $75!
Purchase a 10-dive Trip Card for $750. Get 3 trips free. The savings is $225!
Purchase a 20-dive Trip Card for $1500. Get 8 trips free. The savings is $600!

  1. Need tanks for all those charter trips you just purchased? We have you covered there, too. You can add tanks to the trip cards and save even more!
  1. Need air? Single air fills are $7.50 per fill. Want to reduce that to $4.50? Buy a card.

10-fill air card = $60 and will reduce the cost per fill to $6.00.
50-fill air card = $225. That reduces the air-fill price to only $4.50 per fill!

  1. Want to breathe Nitrox? We offer fill cards for Nitrox blends as well. The regular price for a Nitrox fill is $11.50. But why pay the regular price when a fill card could reduce that price all the way down to $6.00 a fill? Here’s the breakdown:

10-fill Nitrox card = $100 (or $10 per fill.)
25-fill Nitrox card = $200 (or $8 per fill.)
50-fill Nitrox card = $350 (or $7 per fill)
100-fill Nitrox card = $600 (or $6 per fill—which if you’re keeping track is $550 off the regular per fill rate!)

 We get it. Diving can be pricey—especially if you are brand new to the sport. To help, when you sign up for your open water course at Jupiter Dive Center, you’ll enjoy a 10% discount off any equipment purchase in the 90 days following the start of your class. If you’re not quite ready to buy, rental gear is FREE when you dive on our boat within that 90 days.

  1. We can’t take all the credit for this next one, but as a platinum Scubapro dealer, we certainly get to pass it along! Did you know that Scubapro offers a Parts For Life program? Yup. When you purchase your Regulator, Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD), Octo or air2, and a computer at the same time, you receive parts for life. This is approximate savings of $100 each time you service your gear. Here’s the fine print – Service is required every 2 years at or before anniversary date or 100 dives whichever comes first. Which is what you should be doing anyway…
  1. Time is money! Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center is a great way to save time—and therefore money. We take our travel (planning) seriously! We do the research, make all the arrangements, and set up the dives. You bring your gear. Check out all the fabulous places we have on our calendar for next year!
  1. We also have something money can’t buy. Experience. Come on in and talk to our trained associates. Need gear? We have a fully stocked showroom of equipment. So compare options. Try it on. Make a purchase and actually take it home with you. You can’t do that over the Internet. And let’s face it, buying the right equipment the first time saves you a lot of money in the end.
  1. Each year in December, Jupiter Dive Center likes to show our gratitude to the men and women who share our passion for diving. This year, dive with us during Customer Appreciation Week–December 16-22, 2018—and a 2-tank charter is only $55!

 

There you have it. Jupiter Dive Center looks forward to helping you with all your diving needs!

Fine Print -Price increase happen in January

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When the Wind Blows…Service Your Scuba Gear!

You’ve had a full summer of diving, and now autumn is in the air—even in South Florida. It may not feel cooler, but the winds are up, the seas are a bit choppier. It’s the perfect time to bring your gear into Jupiter Dive Center for service.

Divers depend on their equipment for survival at depth, so it is staggering to consider how many risk their safety by not properly maintaining that equipment according to industry standards. Seawater is corrosive, and Florida is humid—neither is an ideal environment for equipment. Fortunately, there is a lot an individual diver can do to ensure the integrity of his or her equipment. That preventive maintenance coupled with annual service by a certified technician, and you can be confident that your equipment will give you years of safe use.

Here’s how.

Always rinse your gear after diving. Simple right? Yet, there are plenty of people who can’t be bothered. Don’t be that person. Always make sure your regulator’s first stage dust cap is in place before dunking your regulator into the rinse bin or hosing it down with fresh water to remove the salty seawater. Taking a class in a pool? Rinse off after that, too. With extended exposure, chlorine will fade the colors from your BCD and wetsuits.

And about those BCDs. If you have an Air II, make sure you cap the connection before dunking it. During a dive, saltwater can seep into the bladders, which means when you rinse, you should always put some fresh water in it, swish it around and then drain it. Either elevate it upside down and hold the manual inflate button open so it can drain or use either the rump or shoulder dump pulls. Remember that water always runs to the lowest point. It won’t do you any good to pull on a shoulder dump if the water has collected below it. Once drained, manually inflate it a bit before you store it.

Wetsuits, fins, masks, snorkels, flashlights—if it went in the water, it needs a rinse. Whenever possible, wetsuits should be stored hanging. Neoprene can compress and crease otherwise. Unless you are storing your gear in a climate-controlled space, avoid storing anything in a plastic wrapper. If the gear is the least bit damp when you put it in a bag, you are inviting the possibility of mildew and mold.

No matter how well you treat your gear, you still need to take your equipment to a professional for annual service—regardless of the number of dives you did. Time and dust and storage in a garage can also result in damage to equipment. Going on a dive trip? Get the gear serviced before you go. Your destination may not have the facilities or the parts to fix your particular brand of gear. Why let something so easily preventable ruin a vacation?

Jupiter Dive Center has a full-service department for all your equipment repair needs. Call or visit our shop for more information. We offer quick turn-around times—just in case the summerlike conditions return. This is South Florida, after all.

 

 

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Buying a Buoyancy Compensator Device? Read This First!

A Buoyancy Compensator Device—BCD for short—is an integral part of a scuba diver’s kit and most recreational divers start out with a jacket-style BCD, but it’s not the only choice. As divers gain experience or specialize in certain types of diving, their needs change and they may decide it’s time for some new equipment. To help ensure you make the right choice, here are some things to consider.

First a quick reminder about the purpose of a BCD. As its name implies, it helps the diver regulate his or her buoyancy. It does that by using air supplied from either the tank or the diver, who can manually inflate it. To that end, all BCDs have air bladders. How those bladders are positioned is the big difference between the three main styles—Jacket, wing, or back-inflate jacket style BCDs.

Jacket-Style BCDs

Jacket-style BCDs are comfortable, come in loads of sizes and are made specifically to fit men AND women. Bonus! They have pockets!  Most recreational divers start in this style of BCD and it was probably the style you rented when you obtained your certification. They are great BCDs.

How they work
The air bladders in a jacket-style wrap around the diver’s waist and up the chest. Because little air wraps around the diver’s back, it is easy to stay upright on the surface, but a tad more difficult to achieve a true trim position in the water—an issue often combated by stashing a light weight in the two trim pockets located on the back of many BCDs.

The Pros
Two things in particular stand out: Integrated weights and pockets. Integrated weights are easier to ditch in an emergency, and often more comfortable than a weight belt. Pockets are pretty self-explanatory. They carry gear (although, they can be hard to get things in and out of if the BCD is fully inflated.

The Cons
Jacket-style BCDs work best when they fit, so if you go up or down in size, buoyancy control may become harder to achieve (especially if the BCD is too large). The other drawback is the size of the BCD—especially if you travel and want to take your own gear.

The Glide
The Scubapro glide was created to deliver absolute comfort. Its wrap-around bladder retains its cradle-like shape even when fully inflated and the new Y-Fit should design delivers exceptional fit and range of motion for the arms. It is full adjustable, with an integrated weight system and features galore.

Wing-Style BCDs

The BCD of choice for tech divers, it is becoming more popular for recreational divers as well. This is the most versatile style of BCD and many can be configured piece by piece with individual components. At it’s simplest, the BCD is a harness that attaches to a steel or aluminum back-plate. The inflatable bladder is attached to back-plate and pillows the tank against the diver’s back.

How they work
You may have heard this style of BCD referred to as a donut or horseshoe BCD and that’s because of the shape of the bladder. Doughnuts are the most common.

The Pros
The BCD can be configured specifically to the dive and number of tanks the diver is using. Also, because all the air is behind the diver, at depth, it is easier to stay horizontal. Most wing-style BCDs have integrated weights with quick releases. Back plates come in different thickness—allowing you to go light for vacation or heavier to reduce the amount of weight you put in your weight pouches.

The Cons
There is a slight learning curve when you first use this style. The same bladder that helps you stay horizontal at depth, pitches you forward on the surface. The easy fix is to pull your legs up slightly while leaning your head back.

The X-TEK Series
Scubapro’s X-TEK series offers the ultimate in customization and technical performance. This modular system is just as comfortable on warm-water, recreational reef dives as it is on sidemounted multi-tank dives in shipwrecks or caves. As your skills and needs change, the X-TEK line can change and expand with you.

Back-Inflate Jacket-Style BCDs
This style is often simply referred to as a hybrid BCD, because really, who wants to rattle off such a long name? That said, this style combines the best of both jacket and wing-style BCDs and many manufacturers offer their own models.

How they work
Beefier than a simple harness, this style fits like a jacket around the shoulders and waist, but the air bladder is still on the back.

The Pros
Because of the air bladder placement, it is easy to stay horizontal in the water. They also have pockets. Because it is not a full jacket, it tends to be lighter and packs smaller than a regular jacket-style BCD, making it a popular travel choice.

The Cons
Again, the placement of the air bladder tends to pitch the diver forward while at the surface.

The Hydros
A true breakthrough in design, dive comfort, and convenience, the Hydros is Scubapro’s premiere back flotation BCD. Its 2-BCDs-in-1 design makes it the perfect BCD for any destination and any dive. It comes in men’s and women’s sizes and is fully customizable.

 

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Choosing the right dive equipment is an important decision. We’re here to help. We carry the full line of Scubapro BCDs and our staff is happy to help you find the one that best fits your needs.

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Party for a Good Cause~ Artificial Reefs!

Party for a Good Cause~ Artificial Reefs!

Pssst! Want to dive on a new reef? Better yet, want to help create one? Now you can! Join Jupiter Dive Center at the Palm Beach County Dive Association’s annual Artificial Reef Fundraiser on October 6, 2018. Not only will you be surrounded by fellow divers and ocean enthusiasts, but your support will help fund new wrecks and artificial reefs in our local waters.

Join us at Loggerhead Marinelife Center for an evening of family-friendly festivities, live music, delicious BBQ, and ice-cold beer or wine—all for $5.00!!

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win dive gear, ocean-themed jewelry, and much more! Or, if you don’t want to leave things to chance, bid on exciting items offered in the silent auction!

The sea turtle viewing area will be open during the first part of the party and there will be plenty of activities for the young and young-of-heart.

Stop by Jupiter Dive Center and grab your tickets now, or you can purchase them online from the PBCDA.  You can help make this year the best year yet by sharing the news with your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

Palm Beach County Dive Association’s Annual Artificial Reef Fundraiser

Saturday, October 6th

6:00 PM

Location: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

14200 US Hwy 1

Juno Beach, FL  33408

Jupiter Dive Center is proud to be a member of the Palm Beach County Dive Association.  Check out the PBCDA website to purchase tickets online or learn more about the organization.

 

See you there!