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  • What is a PADI "Living the Dream Night"?

    PADI Living the Dream

    Living the Dream...As divers we all love to be underwater, and we LOVE to share our passion with others!

    You have your Open Water Certification and may be wondering what's next.  Perhaps you've imagined yourself as a PADI Dive Master, Assistant Instructor or Instructor.

    Living the Dream Night, hosted at Seal Sports, is a yearly event for divers of all levels who wish to continue to improve their dive skills and experiences.  Your next step could be Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Dive Master, or even Instructor!

    For those thinking about Going Pro, consider how great it would be to share your passion for diving with others. All while getting PAID to do what you LOVE most!

    Every day PADI Pros are living the dream thru their local dive shops, and even getting sand between their toes in exotic destinations. Let us show you how make your dive dreams a reality!

    Join us on July 30th, 7 PM at Seal Sports in Mandeville. This is a great opportunity to hear from PADI Regional Manager Nick Buskirk on continuing your dive training, what it is like to become a professional, and why PADI is the way the world learns to dive.

    Our PADI Living the Dream Night will be a fun filled evening that will include:

    • Charting Your Path through Advancement
    • Review of the PADI Professional Training
    • Question and Answer with local PADI Pros
    • Career Path Counseling Sessions
    • Food and Refreshments
    • Special Discounts & Incentives

    Make sure to Save the Date and join us for our Living the Dream Night! It could very well change your life..

    July 30th, 7 PM at Seal Sports

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    View the Seal Sports Calendar Now to find events and classes

  • Memorial Weekend Benefit BBQ for Chris Santopadre

    Saturday May 23rd, join us at Seal Sports for the Memorial Day Weekend Benefit Barbecue supporting Chris Santopadre's brave battle to defeat brain cancer!

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    UPDATE June 16, 2015: Thank you to everyone who attended and generously gave of their time, talents and dollars to make this an incredibly successful event.  Your support, love, and well-wishes are deeply appreciated.

    The Seal Sports Dive Community raised $6,200 at the Memorial Weekend Fundraiser, and an additional $5,000 has been raised online.

    If you missed your opportunity donate and Help Chris Beat Brain Cancer, there's still time to join the circle of love and support surrounding our good friend. Simply click on the button below and help us reach our goal of $10,000 in online donations for Chris. THANK YOU!

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    Chris Santopadre is a loving father to his son Luke, fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, and is a dear friend to many. He, unfortunately, found out in March 2015 that he has the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma. He has since undergone surgery to remove a large brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy.

    Chris' joy and giving-heart have remained strong during these last few months. Please join with us in encouraging and supporting Chris as courageously fights this battle.

    When: Saturday, May 23rd  from 10 AM until 4 PM
    Where:  Seal Sports
    What: Raffle, Barbecue, Try-Scuba Pool on-site (invite your friends!), a % of all sales will be donated to the fund supporting Chris' medical expenses

    Can't make it? Please consider making a donation through the Help Chris Beat Brain Cancer fundraising page now!  Your kind thoughts, prayers, and donations are greatly appreciated!

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  • Kayak Weekend at Bogue Chitto State Park

    June 5-7, 2015 join us for a fun and relaxing weekend of local paddling and ‘camping’ at Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklington.

    No need to cook, clean, or haul a kayak. We’ve taken care of all the details!

    Bogue Chitto State ParkKayak Weekend includes:

    • Two nights stay in one of the new Bogue Chitto Cabins
    • All meals, including a deluxe Saturday Evening BBQ & Social
    • Two Kayak Outtings: half-day Saturday (approx. 4 hours) and Sunday morning paddle.
    • Drop off/Pick up-point transportation for all paddlers before/after kayaking
    • Kayak transport
    • Guide

    Bogue Chitto State Park is located on the Northshore in Franklington and features 12 freshwater fishing ponds (license require for those over age 16 years), 7 miles of hiking trails, and swimming in the river.

    Cabins are new, spacious, accommodate up to 6 guests, and include full kitchens, bathrooms Bogue Chitto Kayakingand large living room areas. Screened porches and BBQ grills make the weekend evenings a relaxing and enjoyable get-away!  Arrive as early as 4 PM Friday evening.

    Kayak Weekend Price:  $295, kayak rental included, or $215 if you are bringing your own kayak.

    Only 12 spaces available. Call to make your reservation: 985-674-3088

    Be sure to check out our calendar for other upcoming kayak, scuba diving, and paddleboarding opportunities!

  • Deep Diver Course this Weekend in Pensacola!

    Ready to dive the wrecks of the Gulf? Join us  May 16 - 17, 2015 for a fun & exciting weekend of diving!

    After your first few dives, and especially with the great diversity of wrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, you'll soon want to explore a bit deeper. Deep Diver Specialty will prepare you for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet.

    Deep Diver Course Includes:

    • 4 Deep Dives over the weekend
    • Diving will include the "Mighty O" The Oriskany or another of the Gulf's Great Wrecks!.
    • 1 Evening Classroom session
    • All Boat Fees

    Not included: Deep Diver Manual

    The Details: This is a very popular course that students enjoy and request often!  We will be diving out of Pensacola.

    Price: $395 Full balance is due at sign-up. Space is very limited; reserve your spot today!

    For more information contact Seal Sports at 985.674.3088

  • Cozumel Dive Trip Added: May 21-26, 2015!

    Cozumel Dive Trip

     "One of the best scuba diving locations in the world"

    "When are we going to Mexico again?"  Last year's Cozumel group had such a fantastic time, we've decided to make this an annual Memorial Day Weekend Trip! Join us as we travel to the island of Cozumel for great diving, friends, and fun.

    Cozumel has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean. Cozumel has all the ingredients for a great dive getaway: friendly locals, good food, lively nightspots, towering coral formations, warm water, great underwater visibility and white sandy beaches.

    Get your gear together, and let's go diving!

    $895.00 (double occupancy) -- 5 Nights / 4 Days with 4 days of 2-tank boat diving. Includes deluxe tropical view room, all meals at Sunscape Sabor Cozumel Resort, domestic drinks, use of resort amenities, and roundtrip airport transfers.  Reserve your space:  985-674-3088

  • Truk Lagoon Trip of a Lifetime: December 2015

    Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon is rated one of the Top 5 Destinations in the World for Wreck Diving by PADI, and it's easy to see why.  The Truk/Chuuk Lagoon was home to a Japanese naval anchorage and airbase during WWII, and when the U.S. attacked in 1944, the destruction was profound - 12 warships and 32 merchant ships were sunk, along with 249 aircraft. More than 20 wrecks have been found in the intervening years.

    And while it's true that history and mystery abound in this exotic locale, Truk Lagoon isn't just about high-adventure and underwater archaeology. There's beautiful soft coral growth on every wreck, and even people who are not wreck enthusiasts will find it very cool to see bicycles, pick-up trucks, tanks, torpedoes, guns, airplane parts, engines, and gas masks from World War II underwater.

    ArrayImages3Seal Sports is proud to announce that we have booked this "Bucket List" trip for December 6-13, 2015.

    A $500 deposit is necessary to reserve your space, and payment plans may be arranged.  More information is available on our website, or call us to learn more: 985-674-3088.

    *Read one diver's review of this amazing trip. Don't miss this one!

  • Falling in Love with Recreational Rebreather Diving

    To be quite honest, I had never really understood the whole "rebreather thing." It just seemed like a real pain without that much gain, but to be frank, I am in no way a "tec" diver.  I like warm water, minimal gear, shallower dives with plenty of light and color, and nice reefs and fish.

    So, when the opportunity came along to try the Hollis Explorer recreational rebreather I thought, "Why not? I'll give it a try."  It seemed like a good concept, a purely recreational rebreather that is quick and easy to handle.

    After getting off to a bit of a rocky start I am finally able to say: this machine rocks! For what it’s designed for, it is wonderful!   If you want to go deep and stay long, this is not the machine for you. But, if you want to dive comfortably on a tropical reef or wreck that is shallower than 130 feet with the sweet spot being 50-70 feet, then the Explorer is what you want.

    Recreational Rebreather DivingThe basic difference between regular scuba, also known as open circuit, and a rebreather, or closed circuit, is that your breath is reused, so to speak, with the carbon dioxide removed and the oxygen used by the diver being replaced by your supply gas.  In the case of the Explorer, this gas is enriched air or nitrox. Here is the big difference, the diver is not “blowing bubbles:” this is what makes a rebreather  so very quiet!  Believe it or not this technology is not new.  The silence allows a diver to blend in with marine life.

    I have been a diver for 36 years, and a PADI instructor for 30 of those years, but I have NEVER been able to interact with marine life and see the things I have seen while diving with the Explorer.  Imagine diving a reef and the only limiting factor being you.  After most of my dives on the Explorer, I am back on the boat after a 60-90 minute dive with the machine telling me I could have stayed longer.  Even though I may have had enough the Hollis Explorer is still raring to go.

    When it comes to getting close to marine life the Hollis Explorer is incredible; the amount of interaction is unbelievable! On several of my Hollis Explorer dives I felt like I had to back up or get out of the way so as not to get run over by fish and even turtles.

    I've found that traveling with the rebreather unit depends on how you are getting to your destination. If by vehicle then just put it in the back seat or bed of the truck and take off.  Air travel is a bit of a pain. I wish I could say otherwise, but it is.  However, I recently traveled from Mandeville, Louisiana to Turks and Caicos to spend a week on a liveaboard. After all the plane rides, and then a dinghy ride to the boat, and reassembly of the unit on deck, I can honestly say that it was worth all of the effort, and I would do it again. It basically boils down to having to check one more piece of luggage.  I hate to pay the extra fee and deal with extra bags, so that could be just a personal issue.

    The bottom line is that I was  pleasantly surprised by the Hollis Explorer.  I am glad that I made the investment, not only in the machine itself but also in the proper training to enjoy it to it’s fullest. So, if you get a chance definitely give one a try. It doesn't require anything other than basic diver training for a quick trial in the pool in order to experience this awesome dive technology.

    Hollis Rebreather in Turks and Caicos Tom Burns "Selfie with a Whale" in Turks and Caicos

    Thomas Burns has been a dive instructor for over 30 years.  He recently became trained on a Hollis Explorer Recreational Rebreather through Seal Sports of Louisiana.  To sign up for an Explore Rebreather Diving opportunity or to learn more about Recreational Rebreather Diving, contact Seal Sports at: (985) 674-3088.  View our course and travel calendar.

  • Live to Scuba Night February 24th!

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    Tuesday February 24th @ 7 PM: Diving After Hours will feature LIVE TO SCUBA

    Do you live to dive and love sharing the experience with others? Find that your time spent underwater, exploring the oceans and waterways, are the moments when you feel most at home and connected?  Scuba diving for some is a life changing experience; one that varies with each dive, day, and location.

    LIVE TO SCUBA Night is for everyone who dreams of exploring and experiencing all that diving has to offer.  Whether your goal is to chart a path to Master Scuba Diver, or you are considering enrolling in an IDC (Instructor Development Course) and becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, this special evening event on February 24, 2015 will answer your questions and provide the opportunities that you are seeking.

    Are you looking to do something extraordinary with your life?  Join us at Seal Sports on February 24th at 7 PM to learn more about developing a plan to advance  your scuba diving experiences, training and skills.

    Seal Sports:  985-674-3088.  Next Instructor Development Course begins April 17, 2015

  • Kayaking and Paddle Boarding the Bogue Falaya - Diving Navarre, FL

    If you ever get the itch to go play in the water but can't rope anyone in, there's probably someone poking around Seal Sports who would love to join you.  We all work very hard to develop and hone our diving and paddling skills - so that we can play even harder!

    kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing bogue falaya, covington, louisianaLast weekend was a blast.  Several of us paddled down the Bogue Falaya on Saturday - just minutes away from Seal Sports and public launch spots!  We even found a rope swing.  Eventually we kayaked, paddle boarded, and canoed on down to the Chimes, revamped with some good food, and then paddled right back to the launch.  A simple and pleasant Saturday afternoon, getting to know one another and enjoying some good weather on the river.

    "Many of us started these adventures as strangers, but by the end we all belonged to the Seal Sports family… We had many laughs and memories made together this weekend and I'll remember them forever." - Bethany O'Malley

     

    Properly exhausted but not yet satiated, a small group of us managed to get on the road Sunday morning and head to Navarre Beach in Florida.  Three hours and a few cups of coffee later, and we were putting on our scuba gear!  The shallow beach dive was easy but very captivating.  We saw plenty of sea life, including a couple of octopuses.  Plenty of bottom time and the water was go pro, scuba diving with seal sportsperfect.  An entertaining drive home and a good night's sleep set up the week ahead the right way!

     

    Join us on our next adventure.  We've got everything you could need - let's explore the world around us.  Together!

     

    "I had a great time!  I'd definitely do it again." - Kyle Knight

  • PADI Course Director: A Dive Professional’s Lifetime Milestone

    Congratulations to Seals Sports Owner, Robert Kohl!
    On June 18, 2014 Rob graduated from the PADI Course Director Training Course in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

    Thirty years of diving. For Rob Kohl, the path to PADI’s highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving has been a life-long journey.

    Padi Course Director TrainingRob grew up diving with his father, Richard Kohl, who owned and operated Kohl's Dive Shop, a successful dive center located in Helena, Montana. At age 19 Rob became a Commercial Diver, a career that he pursued for 10 years. In 2000, Rob turned his focus toward the recreational scuba diving industry and attended a PADI Instructor Development Course, earning his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.

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