Events

Extended Events Schedule

03
Aug
Heroine and Black Diamond Wrecks 11/3/19

Heroine and Black Diamond Wrecks 11/3/19

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

All Day

The Heroine sank on 6/19/1920 and is 136' long X 26' wide and sitting in 70' of water...a really great dive with lots of fish and marine life on and around her. The Annapolis AKA the "Black Diamond" ,because of her cargo being granular coal, lays on the bottom  a short distance from the Heroine. She was a schooner in her day and had her masts cut down and used the stumps for Navigation lights. She was 228' long X 40' wide and sank February 17, 1945. Cost is $140.00 per diver and only 6 spots are available. Reservations are made by full pre-payment that is non refundable. If you cancel your reservation you forfeit the full payment. If our captain cancels the trip, we issue a full refund if you paid in cash and a store credit if paid by credit card. Cancellations by our Captain are made on the day of the charter, one hour before sailing time. We cannot guarantee dive sites, alternate dive site selection does not constitute a cancellation or a refund. Please be at the  slip 1/2 to 1  hour before sailing time, to fill out a waiver, present a certification card and get fully loaded 15 minutes before departure time. Our boats sail on time at 7:00 am and if you miss the boat it’s your loss. Sign up now as these charters sell out quickly. Your seat is held by full prepayment only. This is aboard Priority on State St. in Galilee, show up by at least 6:30am we leave at 7:00 sharp.
06
Jan
PADI August Open Water Dive Class 1/6/20

PADI August Open Water Dive Class 1/6/20

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

07:00 pm – 09:30 pm

PADI Open Water Dive Class 1/6/20   INSTRUCTOR: Chris Parker   Cost: $450.00 Classroom sessions are at  Giant Stride Dive ShopPool session location: East Providence Boys & Girls Club, 115 Williams Ave., East Providence. open Water Dives will be at Fort Wetherill. A 10% Student discount is offered to students for the duration of the class and 30 days thereafter and if you decide to purchase all your own gear we will give a significantly higher discount giving you a better than you will ever get on the internet. If you buy all your own gear from us prior to signing up to take this class the class will be free and you will dive in your new gear. You must purchase new gear from us head to toe with full exposure protection, (hood, boots, gloves & wetsuit) full Regulator setup and either wrist or console computer, BCD (Buoyancy Compensator), Mask, fins, snorkel and at least 1 tank. (10% discount does not apply to this offer....it is 20% or more off when you do the math) This class has no hidden costs!!! We don't just sell it WE LIVE IT! Call 401-732-8808 for more info or stop by the store to enroll.

Scheduled Required Dates

Class and Pool Mon Jan  6   @ 7:00 to 9:00   Class Wed Jan  8   @ 7:00 to 9:30   Pool Mon Jan 13  @ 7:00 to 9:00  Class  Wed Jan 15  @ 7:00 to 9:30   Pool   Mon Jan 27   @ 7:00 to 9:30   Class Wed Jan 29   @ 7:00 to 9:30   Pool Mon Feb 3   @ 7:00 to 8:00   Class Wed Feb 5    @ 7:00 to 9:30   Pool Open Water Dives         April/May when the water is warmer? Or do the dives in a warm location with PADI's referral program...

 

 

The following paragraphs are the students responsibilities as well as PUNCTUALITY Academic Session (class room)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual, Recreational Dive Planner, Diver Log Book
  • Completed Knowledge reviews (from the end of each module in the Open Water manual)
  • Notepad or notebook for taking notes
  • Knowledge Reviews are due each class
  • Must pass all test with a 70%
Confined Water Session (pool)
  • Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties
  • Log Book
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Open Water Session (Ocean Dives)
  • Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, Gloves and Hood. (Provided by student)
  • Weight Belt, Regulator, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Wetsuit (7mm ) and tank (provided by dive shop)
  • Dive Flag
  • Logbook and Dive Tables (provided by dive shop)
  • Proper clothing for the weather conditions, large towel
  • Food snacks and drinks
Student responsibilities during academic sessions
  • Student must read 2 modules of the Open Water manual prior to each class
  • Knowledge reviews must be completed and handed over to the instructor prior to the class
  • Passing grade for all quizzes is a 70%. Seven out of ten must be correct
  • Passing grade for the final exam is a 70%. Thirty-five out of out of fifty must be correct
  • Academic session begins at 6:30. If you are unable to attend, the class must be made up
  • Students can not participate in the Confined Water Class (pool) sessions if the corresponding academic session has not been made up.
  • Make up classes will incur an additional charge of $40
Student responsibilities during Confined Water (pool) Sessions
  • You must be sized up for gear before the pool session. This must be done at least 1 day prior to the actual pool day
  • You will be given gear for the pool and it is your responsibility during the time it leaves the shop or instructor, to take care of and maintain gear.
  • You will need to be at the pool 15 min before the class begins
  • All equipment must be cleaned after each class
  • If you are unable to attend a pool session, you must reschedule promptly. If an additional pool is necessary, an additional cost of $100 added
  • All confined water work must be completed before the Open Water dives
Student responsibilities during Open Water Sessions
  • All balances for the class must be paid in full
  • You must pick up your gear prior to the open water dive
  • It is your responsibility to rinse and dry all gear prior to returning it to the shop
  • Gear is due back to the shop after the dive
  • Logbooks must be updated at the end of each dive
  • Students should bring a lunch and plenty of water / juice
  • If you are unable to attend the open water dive, you can reschedule for the next open water class.
  • If an additional open water class is necessary, an additional cost of $100 be added
03
Feb
PADI February Open Water Class 2/3/20

PADI February Open Water Class 2/3/20

Giant Stride Dive Shop

06:30 pm – 09:30 pm

  February, 2020 - Open Water Diver Class Class starting February 3, 2020 - OPEN WATER DIVER certification class Instructor: John Langella Schedule: Monday: February 3 Classroom Section #1: 6:30 – 9:30 PM Wednesday: February 5 Classroom Section #2: 6:30 – 9:30 PM Sunday:  February 9 Pool #1: 11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Monday: February 10 Classroom Section #3: 6:30 – 9:30 PM Wednesday: February 12 Classroom Section #4: 6:30 – 9:30 PM Sunday:  February 16 Pool #2: 11:00 PM – 2:00 PM Monday: February 17 Classroom Section #5: 6:30 – 9:30 PM Sunday:  February 23 Pool #3: (if needed) 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Certification Referral Option: do your checkout dives in a warm climate or finish up here in spring when the water warms up. The cost is $450.00 This includes the PADI Open Water Diver manual, tables, certification materials and pic card, use of open water training DVD’s and use of SCUBA equipment, wet suits and weight belts. Also included is lots of fun with an experienced staff who will not only teach you to dive but will also get you involved with dive clubs and other divers who love diving as much as you will. You will need to supply your own personal mask & snorkel, fins, boots, gloves and hood. Classroom sessions are at the Giant Stride Dive Shop.  Pool session location: East Providence Boys & Girls Club, 115 Williams Ave., East Providence. Full certification requires four Open Water check-out dives. They can be done with any PADI instructor around the world.   A 10% Student discount is offered to students for the duration of the class and 30 days thereafter. This class has no hidden costs!!! We don't just sell it WE LIVE IT! Call 401-732-8808 for more info or stop by the store to enroll. 
15
Feb
CAYMAN BRAC 2/15/20-2/22/20

CAYMAN BRAC 2/15/20-2/22/20

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

All Day

Cayman Brac is located about 95 miles east of Grand Cayman and just 175 miles south of Cuba. In addition to world-class diving which is what brings most visitors to the island, there is growing interest in spending surface intervals hiking the island’s nature trails, biking its uncrowded roads, exploring its numerous limestone caves, and even rappelling or climbing the iconic Bluff. Enjoy some of the best diving in the Cayman Islands at a small, casual resort with expansive grounds that offer spaces for guests to play or get away. There’s plenty of beach for everyone to find their own favorite place, and the large walk-in pool offers varying depths for swimmers of all ages. Beach volleyball is a popular activity for groups and families while NOT exploring the underwater world. Late afternoons guests enjoy fun bar games like Bingo and weekly crab races while enjoying their favorite beverages and waiting for dinner. The island’s almost 70 named dive sites offer unlimited fabulous scuba diving on lush coral reefs teeming with marine life, which are just short boat rides away from the Cayman Brac Beach Resort. Warm tropical waters make exploring iconic dive sites like the 330-foot-long MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck comfortable year-round. And Reef Divers’ personalized valet services take the work out of diving so guests can enjoy underwater experiences at their own pace.  https://www.caymanbracbeachresort.com/ Cayman Brac Beach Resort INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE: 7 Nights Hotel Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 6 Days of 2 Tank AM Dives Free Nitrox Included Welcome Rum Punch Manager’s Cocktail Reception Airport Ground Transfers Hotel Taxes, Fees & Gratuities NOT INCLUDED: Flights Dive Staff gratuities Gear rental if needed Alcoholic Beverages and soft drinks other than with meals Cost $1760.00 and Cash, Check or Credit Cards are welcome! $500.00 per person deposit is appreciated...final payment is due 90 days prior to departure date.  
14
Jun
ANNUAL MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP 6/14/20

ANNUAL MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP 6/14/20

Giant Stride Dive Shop

All Day

June 14, 2020 -MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP  Dive the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with Giant Stride Dive Shop on our annual pilgrimage to NC!  I've been coming  back here every year since 2003 because the diving is freaking awesome. We are diving with Olympus Dive Center on Sunday 6/14 -Saturday 6/20 on some awesome shipwrecks with amazing Sandtiger Sharks in 80 to 130 fsw, viz is 40 to 100 ft. Water temp. is between 72 and 78 degrees! Some people wear 3mm suits but I wear a 5mm suit, a 7 will work as well! You can view the wrecks we will dive at www.olympusdiving.com. I'll drive down on the evening of 6/12 at around 6pm to avoid traffic so I can take my own tanks and gear arriving sometime in the afternoon in Morehead City. (you can rent tanks and lead from Olympus if you Fly & don't want to drive.) Morehead City is a about a 14 hour drive. You must have an Advanced Open Water Cert. card (that means bring it with you), SMB, safety sausage or liftbag, whistle and we recommend a redundant air source. A Dive Computer and Hyperbaric Insurance is also mandatory! (DAN Insurance or equivalent) Call 4o1-7three2-8808 for more info or just come in and sign up, and leave a deposit to insure your spot. Deposits constitute a commitment and are non refundable. Call the Store to let me know you're interested. The cost for 7 days of 2 tank wreck diving and lodging in a Beach front house in Atlantic City Beach is  $1675.00 CC, cash or check. The Kitchen is fully equipped and there is a grill to cook on as well. A $500.00 Deposit is required to hold your spot No exceptions. A $50.00 discount will be deducted for those paying in full in cash or check before December 1st. Full payment is due by May 14th 2020. Address: Olympus Dive Center 713 Shepard St. Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 to check in with the dive shop before heading to our condo 1919 West Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC 28512  Sunday June 14 we start wreck diving with Olympus so show up at 6am! Everyone must have Certification Cards on their person! This means you! You will not be allowed to dive without your AOW certification card and  a Nitrox card as well if using Nitrox. Make sure your tanks are within Hydro and Visual inspection dates. I recommend leaving home Friday after 6pm to arrive in Morehead City around Brunchtime, get a bite to eat and Check in at Olympus.