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Observations - with Joey Ribs / Re: Fireside chats with DM Earl
« Last post by Divemaster Earl on February 14, 2018, 09:21:48 PM »
Shhhh  that's a secret
Observations - with Joey Ribs / Re: Fireside chats with DM Earl
« Last post by Divemaster Earl on February 14, 2018, 09:18:28 PM »
Observations - with Joey Ribs / Fireside chats with DM Earl
« Last post by DIT JoeyRibs on February 14, 2018, 09:12:40 PM »
if you happen to campout at dutch on oe weekends make sure you get a good seat for fireside chats with DM Earl they are WHOOOSH HOT
Local Diving / Re: Dive boats for 2018
« Last post by Andrew Powers on February 13, 2018, 01:47:56 PM »
I don't believe there are any imminent plans but I would like to start looking at available dates and see what boats we can charter.
Local Diving / Dive boats for 2018
« Last post by Divemaster Earl on February 07, 2018, 10:28:04 AM »
Does anybody know if the shop is going to Charter a couple of local dive boats trips this season?
OE Announcements / Equipment left at Ocean Explorers
« Last post by Jim Masters on August 23, 2017, 06:42:00 PM »
The OE basement is overflowing with dive gear that does not belong to me. Most of it is tanks that people have had serviced and never picked up. We also have regulators and paintball tanks left here. We need the space. So effective immediately, any equipment left at the shop for over a year will be considered abandoned and sold for payment for work done and/or storage fees. So if your equipment is not in your garage and you can't locate it, please come in and take it out of our basement. Thanks, Jim
Local Diving / OE Dives the Stolt 8/27/17
« Last post by Andrew Powers on August 09, 2017, 03:27:57 PM »
Are you ready for some Jersey wreck diving?

Come join Ocean Explorers as we visit one of the best wrecks in the Atlantic, the Stolt Dagali!


This trip is open to all Advanced Open Water (AOW) certified divers or higher. Due to the depth of the wreck, Nitrox certification is highly recommended


The Stolt Dagali is one of the best wrecks in the Northeast. Struck by the oceanliner Shalom on November 26, 1964, the stern of the Dagali was sawed off and now rests in one piece on the sandy bottom. The depth ranges from 60 to 130 feet, offering adventures for any skill level. The wreck is known to produce its fair share of mussels, fish, and artifacts and generally has great visibility. For more info about the wreck, visit:


The Ol' Salty II
Belmar Marina, 905 NJ-35 Belmar, NJ 07719


Sunday, August 27 2017
Departure time: 7 AM (plan on arriving by 6:30 at the latest)

How (and how much?)

Price per diver is $100. We need a minimum of 14 divers or else we have to split the cost of the empty slots among ourselves.

To book, call or visit Ocean Explorers:

180 Lafayette Avenue
Edison, New Jersey

Hope to see everyone there!
Specialty Classes / Re: PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course - May 8
« Last post by Instructor Jay on April 25, 2017, 04:19:10 PM »
Who's planning on attending this great course?  You'll be glad you did!
Tips & Tricks / How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit
« Last post by Instructor Jay on January 30, 2017, 02:44:17 PM »
How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit

It’s not if, but when, you’ll rely on the contents of your save-a-dive kit: your mask strap breaks as you're getting geared up, your buddy's regulator mouthpiece is leaking, an o-ring blows. If you’re not prepared, you’re not diving. I've been that guy on the surface while everyone else is having the dive of their lives.  Use our list below to start assembling your own save-a-dive kit.

Pre-packaged kits are available, but it's much more effective (and less costly) to build your own.  You may even have some of these items already.  Here is a sample list of items to get you started:

  • Fin straps *
  • Mask strap * or extra mask
  • Regulator mouthpiece
  • Zip/cable ties
  • Nail clippers
  • O-rings
  • Waterproof Band-Aids / plasters
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • Batteries
  • Silicone grease for o-rings
  • Multi-tool/adjustable wrench
  • Port plugs – include both high and low pressure port plugs
  • Defog
  • Bolt snaps
  • Snorkel keeper
  • Copy of dive insurance card
  • Spare PADI C-card
  • Sea-sickness medication

* If you upgraded to spring straps for your fins, the original straps make great spares.  The same is true for your mask strap, if you've upgraded to a Velcro strap.

The list above is just a suggested list.  Each save-a-dive kit is unique.  (Which means that if you don't have something you need on a dive boat, there's a chance that your dive buddies do.)  Depending on the type of diving you do, you may need to add/remove items from this list.  If you dive with a dry suit, you may want to bring an extra low-pressure inflator hose and a tube of zipper wax.  Underwater photographers, technical divers, and certain specialty dives may require additional items not on this list. If you have any questions about what should be in your kit, ask your instructor.

Once you've collected all of the items that you think would make a good kit, you need to find some way to store them.  I use a Pelican case.  They're watertight and very durable.  The only problem with them is that since they are rigid, they take up a bit of room on a cramped dive boat.  Some divers prefer a flexible container, like a dry bag. 

Now you have a proper save-a-dive kit for those times when problems occur.  The best way to avoid problems in the first place is to take care of your gear and have it serviced regularly. The PADI Equipment Specialist course is great starting place to learn proper “care and feeding” of your scuba equipment.  For more information, contact the shop.

-- Borrowed in part from
Specialty Classes / PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Course - May 8
« Last post by Instructor Jay on January 30, 2017, 01:39:28 PM »
Hi Everyone!  Please join Instructors Peter and Jay at the shop for a couple of hours on Monday, May 8 at 7:00pm for a great course!


Every diver, whether you have 5 or 500 dives, can benefit from the PADI Enriched Air Diver course.  I encourage my Open Water students to take this course as soon as they can, so they can enjoy the benefits of diving on enriched air.

- Do you feel fatigued after doing multiple dives on air?
- Do you want to safely extend your allowable dive times (no decompression limits)?
- Do you want to increase your safety margin on all dives?
- Are you interested in gaining knowledge while having a great time in the process?

If you answered yes to any of the above; then the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course is for you!

The Nitrox (Enriched Air) Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive dives.    This is the entry-level certification course for recreational divers wishing to utilize Nitrox (EAN) as a breathing gas. The objective of this course is to train divers in the benefits, hazards, and proper procedures for using Nitrox mixes from twenty two (22) to forty (40) percent oxygen content.

  • Prerequisites:  12 yrs old; Open Water certification
  • Course tuition: $125     Book/DVD $85
  • Requirements:  One classroom session and 2 recommended training dives.  Training dives may be omitted, but are highly recommended and are easily combined with other specialty dives.

* Please pre-register, read the book, and complete the knowledge review questions prior to class.  Unfortunately, you will be unable to take the test until the book work is completed.
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