As one of the most misunderstood species in the animal kingdom, sharks have been the target of gruesome fishing practices and maligned media attention for many years.
But, unlike the rest of the population, most divers have a respect for sharks and a very good knowledge of their plight in diminishing populations, much thanks to the work and dedication of activist, biologist, and documentary film producer, Rob Stewart. Falling in love with sharks at a young age, Stewart decided to go to school for marine biology and eventually discovered a talent for film-making and began driving conservation through his story-telling.
In 2006, Stewart produced the acclaimed documentary Sharkwater and changed the way much of the world looked at and understood the problems sharks are facing. He decided to dedicate his life to saving sharks from the demise of over-fishing, finning, and pollution, working alongside his mentor, Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, for much of his career.
As a follow up to his first documentary, Rob was in the process of filming Sharkwater: Extinction when tragedy struck. While on a deep, rebreather dive off the coast of Florida, Rob went missing and was eventually found. He passed away doing what he loved, and his family, friends, and the thousands of followers that supported his efforts will continue his legacy. Please visit Sharkwater's website for an amazing tribute to Rob Stewart.
And join us at Denver Divers as we watch his moving film, share stories of how we got in to diving, conservation, and our mutual love of the ocean. We will dedicate the night to Stewart.
Inspired by the colorful tiles that are sprinkled throughout the streets of Cuba, our Generation Ocean students are throwing us a party to create our very own mosaic artwork! Join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 6 pm for a fun-filled night of creativity. Choose from a variety of broken tiles and shapes to create your own stepping stone, wall art piece, soap dish, or any other creation you can think of!
To make your job easy, we will provide all the supplies, you just provide the fun! Your entry cost of $40 will include supplies for one art piece, drinks, and appetizers.
With the buzz of the holidays in full swing, we thought we would give you a night off from the kiddos by throwing a fun pizza and movie night at Denver Divers, so you can go shopping or have a lovely date night!
Our intern participants with Generation Ocean would like to invite your kids ages 5 and up to come watch Finding Dory while floating in the Denver Divers pool. We will provide pizza and refreshments and you provide the float and the kids.
As a fundraiser to help support our budding non-profit, Generation Ocean, this event will cost $50 and will include a pizza dinner and refreshments. Participants can choose to watch the movie from their favorite float in the pool, or from the pool deck if they choose not to get wet.
We will limit participants for safety, so sign up soon!
While we may not be near the ocean, and certainly do not have the best diving in the world in Colorado, we do have the best divers! Our annual holiday party is our way of saying THANK YOU to all our amazing students, customers, and staff. We truly believe you are part of our Denver Divers Family and want to show you how much we appreciate having you in the family.
Join us for our Annual Holiday Party, January 7, 2017 at 6:30pm. We have decided to celebrate a new year this year, as we have many travelers out in December and we want to celebrate with all our friends and family!
We will not only have very good drinks and nibbles provided by chef extraordinaire, Brian Hubner. We will also be showing our annual End-of-the-Year slideshow as well as exhibiting Photo Contest entries. That night, Training Director, Wendel Benjamin will announce the Master Diver Challenge prize winner!
Come mingle with your fellow Denver Divers - bring your family (including kids) and friends - and have a great time while we dream of our next underwater adventures!
What would our life experiences while diving be if we did not share them with our fellow divers and friends? I you have a stunning photo from one of your amazing scuba trips, it is it is your scuba duty to enter it in our People's Choice Photo Contest! That way, you can inspire others to share their experiences through photos, and brag about how you won the Denver Divers' photo contest!
Entry into the contest is free. All you need to do is bring in your 8x10 photo, and we will mat it (white mat) and put it up in the shop for display. Customers will have almost two months to vote from November 15 through our annual holiday party on January 7, 2017. We will announce the winners in the January 2017 newsletter.
Winning photos will be added to the revolving show on our website and will be printed on canvas and hung on the walls at Denver Divers.Entry Instructions:
Winners will be announced following the Annual Holiday Party. Prizes will be awarded in each category as well as an overall prize for best photo.
Please drop off or mail your photos to Denver Divers and we will mount them for display beginning November 15, 2016.
Take your photos from blah to ah with our resident professional photographer, Devon Knudson. As one of the best wedding photographers in Denver, Devon has an eye for crisp and clean imagery and she wants to share her Lightroom skills with our Denver Divers!
So, if you just took your first underwater picture this year, or you have been photographing for years but want to learn the best program for easy touch-ups, you do not want to miss Devon's Lightroom course. She will start from the very beginning, so have no fear!
During this beginner course, you will learn how to import, organize, and make basic image corrections as well as discuss print settings, export settings, and backup options to keep your work preserved. Practice time will be available once you have learned the basics, so you can ask as many questions from Devon as she works with students individually.Date Options: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 6pm or Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 6pm
Our first annual film festival will allow you to showcase your love of the ocean through moving photography, videography, performing arts, and digital storytelling.
October 14, 2016 @ 7pm
Guidelines and basic strategy on how to plan, shoot, and edit your own short film will be discussed. So, if you are interested in entering our film contest, don't miss this meeting!
October 15, 2016 @ 7pm
Our own Nate Rigaud of Camera Speeds Inc will be on hand in the water to demonstrate the process of shooting and digital story telling as we work through Denver Divers' sample film, Siren (working title). We welcome all aspiring videographers to learn more from this professional videographer!
January 7, 2017 @ 6pm
Don't miss our annual Holiday Party where our first film festival entrants will debut their work and winners will be announced. The film festival will premier alongside our long standing "People's Choice Photo Contest" as well as our end of the year photoshow.
Registration is $20 per person, so don't delay and sign up today!
Join us to bring the underwater magic of scuba diving to people with disabilities. We are organizing a formal sit-down dinner to raise $20,000 for our first Dive Pirate recipient! This fundraising goal will allow us to train and equip our Dive Pirate recipient and their buddy in scuba diving and then send them on a trip of a lifetime with Dive Pirates, their instructor and a competent group of former recipients and buddies.When: Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 6pm
Attendees will get into groups and work together to come up with the most correct answers. Prizes will be given after each round, with a grand prize for the winners at the end of the night!
As always, we will provide snacks and refreshments to keep you nourished as you play along.
A devoted conservationist and explorer, Anna Cummins has brought the problems with plastics in our oceans to the forefront of both political and the public minds through travel, exploration and scientific outreach.
Join us as we co-host Colorado Ocean Coalition's Blue Drinks Friday, November 11 as Anna answers many questions about how our addiction to plastic is affecting our beloved oceans and why we as Coloradans may want to know why.
Is it true that by 2050 there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the Ocean? Anna will share stories of researching and documenting plastic pollution by sailing throug h the worlds five great subtropical gyres (massive vortexes fueled by ocean currents).
As always, Denver Divers will provide appetizers and drinks during the talk, so feel free to invite friends and stay after for engaging conversations about our oceans.
As you know, one of our key values is ocean conservation and preservation, so we have decided to help sponsor "Washed Ashore - Art to Save the Sea" at the Denver Zoo. This unique art installation will be presented at the Zoo from September 24, 2016, through January 16, 2017, and will feature 15 art sculptures made entirely from plastics reclaimed from our oceans. Created to provoke conversation and awareness about the pollution problems we face, this traveling exhibit will be open to the public and free with admission to the Zoo!
Denver Divers and The Swim School of Denver are proud to be a part of this project. We will be specifically sponsoring the Great White Shark (pictured above) which will be next to the Toyota Elephant Passage in the Zoo.
While we would like to invite you to visit the Zoo many times while this exhibit is being presented, Denver Divers and The Swim School of Denver will be at two events to kick off the installation and we want to see our divers, swimmers and friends there with us!Food Truck Safari: Nautical Nibbles
Food trucks, art, animals, and beer, what's not to love? Billed as "Denver's wildest happy hour" by the Denver Zoo, this adult-only preview night of the "Washed Ashore - Art to Save the Sea" exhibit is only $17 and will allow you to view the sculptures before the public opening the next day. Each ticket includes a complimentary beverage from Great Divide Brewing (no guests under 21 years of age will be admitted including infants).Click here to learn more and to buy a ticket!
To celebrate this amazing installation, the Denver Zoo will also host a kid-friendly night-viewing evening of the sculptures. Attendees will be entertained throughout the zoo with fun kid-friendly events and will be able to attend a meet-and-greet with the artist! Tickets will not be included with the regular zoo price but are affordable and well worth the opportunity to see these sculptures light up the night.Click here to learn more and to buy a ticket!
Good food, good company, and great dive stories are always abundant at our Annual Summer BBQ, so don't miss it! Join us on Sunday, August 28 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at Cheesman Park for some fun in the sun with your fellow Denver Divers. We will be meeting in the picnic area near the playground, which is one block east of Humboldt between 10th and 11th Avenue.
This year, our favorite caterer Brian Hubner will be heading up the grill, bringing us amazing food. We will also have games for all ages, so invite your friends and family and we will see you there! Don't worry, we are vegetarian friendly, too!
Back by popular demand!
While we will never be able to replace Jamie in helping us create masterpieces whlie socializing with our fellow divers, we wanted to bring back this very popular event for a very good cause.
Our budding non-profit, Generation Ocean, is holding it's first official fundraiser night and we want you to join us! To lead us in this fun evening, we have Kent art student Kylie Writer taking the helm. As an accomplished artist, she will lead the group in learning how to create our own underwater themed painted masterpieces.
Kylie will choose a stunning image to paint, and then help you learn how to make a masterpiece of that image. If you do not like what she has chosen, you are always welcome to bring your own picture to re-create on canvas! Check out our photo album from the last art night on Facebook. This is something you should absolutely not miss.
Denver Divers will provide refreshments (beer, wine, cheese, crackers, and mojitos!), canvas, paint and brushes, and easel for only $35 per painter. After you produce your masterpiece, you will be able to take your canvas home to display proudly on your wall!
Don't forget to wear something you don't mind getting a little paint on!
As a new twist on our annual underwater poker party, we will be raising the stakes, asking participants to donate at least $20 for your buy in to the game and all proceeds will benefit our newly formed Dive Pirates chapter! The winner will take all, in the form of amazing prizes from our scuba vendors. Check back here for a list of all the prizes you could win and how to win them.
What is an Underwater Poker Party? Dive certified participants will be given all the necessary equipment to dive and water-friendly poker "chips" and cards. Then you will sink to the bottom of the pool and play a friendly game of Texas Hold'em around an underwater poker table. Your $20 donation will cover any necessary equipment, tanks, weights, refreshments, and many prizes to be won, with all proceeds from the event going to Dive Pirates.
Who is Dive Pirates? This amazing non-profit organization works with people with disabilities to bring them in to the main stream scuba community. Learn all about them on their website!
How do you sign up? To sign up, you can either go online and register or call the shop and pay the $20 to hold your spot. We are limiting participants to 24, so make sure to register before May 10, 2016.
When is this event? On May 14, 2016 - registration begins at 5pm, poker will begin at 5:45pm, and play will conclude by 9pm.
REMEMBER, even if you do not want to play, we will have plenty of bubble watchers on hand, enjoying dive stories top side, so come on by and have a drink with us!
Join Denver Divers as we showcase current and upcoming styles in the scuba fashion world! Swim and beach-wear from Carve Designs, watches from Momentum, and head-wear from ScubaDoRag will all be showcased at discounted prices for the event. Join us on Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m at Denver Divers.
What will happen this evening? Models will show you how comfortable and stylish these products are for trips to exotic locales as well as jaunts to your neighborhood pool! And clothing will be available to try on, too!
Carve representatives will have ready-to-buy clothing as well as catalogs so you can order and be prepared for summer with a new wardrobe.
Momentum will have a variety of watches to try on and catalogs to order from (delivery within 7-10 days)
ScubaDoRags will also be available to try on and to purchase
Who should be here? Anyone interested in beach and scuba fashion!
Denver Divers is pleased to announce "An Evening with the Coral Restoration Foundation" on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m at Denver Divers.
What will happen this evening? Join us as we have a Skype conversation with Ashley Hill, Coral Restoration Foundation's (CRF) Volunteer & Education Coordinator. Ashley will introduce us to CRF, tell us how we can become involved, and what we can expect to do if we get the chance to visit one of CRF's nursery sites. Ashley grew up right here in Colorado, but became enamored with the ocean at an early age and pursued studies in marine and environmental studies with an emphasis in Marine Ecology.
Who is CRF? The Coral Restoration Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. The very basic premise of CRF's coral restoration is to take a small piece of coral, grow it in an underwater nursery, tag it, and when it is large enough, plant it in our oceans to help restore our reefs and promote genetic coral diversity. These programs have allowed CRF to take the lead in new nursery and restoration techniques that are now implemented worldwide. In 2015, CRF surpassed its goal of outplanting 20,000 staghorn corals! CRF is currently working up and down the Florida Keys, Curacao, Bonaire, and is expanding to other locations.
So, if you have ever been interested in more hands-on conservation work, you should not miss this meeting. We will also be discussing the option to go as a group from Denver to visit a nursery site in the very near future!
If sharing your love of SCUBA with a mobility-impaired person inspires you — we want you to attend our meeting on January 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Denver Divers!
What does this mean? Dive Pirates is a not-for-profit public charity that supports, trains, equips, and provides dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Classified Scuba Diving. Classified Scuba Diving is a training philosophy that addresses the specific needs of a disabled individual, trains to that specific disability, and then prepares that individual to dive with mainstream Open Water Divers.
How is this accomplished? Each Dive Pirates chapter raises funds; these funds are used to provide SCUBA training to the recipient(s), purchase an entire dive equipment system for the recipient, and make available a dive trip for the recipient.
Who should be involved? Recipients’ dive support varies based on their mobility needs. Some require only one “buddy” while others may require up to three “buddies” in order to dive. Buddies are YOU!!--SCUBA volunteers who have met certain requirements and may accompany/assist a recipient on their dive adventures. Each chapter must have Classified Dive Instructors and Ali Miller is our primary instructor at Denver Divers.
Where are the Dive Pirates trips? Each year, Dive Pirates organizes trips for recipients and buddies. We can participiate in these trips (which sell out a year in advance) or create our own travel opportunities!
When will we get started? Susan DeVore, Dive Pirates Executive Director, will speak at our meeting on January 25th. She will outline the program, show us videos of trips, training, and recipients, and explain how we can get started as a chapter. Following this meeting, we need to determine a fund raising goal, some fundraising events, and then GET STARTED!
If you are interested in participating, but cannot make the meeting, please email Janine Melberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.