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06
Jun
15th ANNUAL MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP 6/6/21

15th ANNUAL MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP 6/6/21

Giant Stride Dive Shop

All Day

June 6, 2021 -MOREHEAD CITY NORTH CAROLINA TRIP  Trip is closed! I may be able to put 2 more divers on the roster  but notify me and I will check availability. 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 so awesome. We are diving with Olympus Dive Center on Monday 6/7 -Sunday 6/13 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 6/5 Friday leaving RI at around 6-8pm 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  $1800.00 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 1st,2021. 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 7 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 Sunday after 6pm to arrive in Morehead City around Brunchtime, get a bite to eat and Check in at Olympus. Diving During COVID 19     with Olympus Dive Center We are in unprecedented times.  The safety & well-being of our divers, staff, and crew are a Top Priority here at Olympus Dive Center.  We have changed a few things around the store and implemented new policies for the dive boats, we appreciate your help with these safety measures. If you are feeling unwell or sick (i.e., persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, OR at least two of the following: fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new lose of taste or smell).  Please give us a call to reschedule.  DO NOT enter the Dive Shop. DO NOT Dive. This list is not all-inclusive: please seek medical advice as soon as possible. Olympus Dive Center wants to help you get back underwater as safely as possible.  These are the changes that we have implemented that will allow us to take you diving. Checking In at the Dive Shop:
  • All Staff & Guests are asked to wear a face cover.
  • Please print and fill out the Olympus Dive Center Waiver Form: https://www.olympusdiving.com/assets/Documents/2021%20Liability%20Letter%20Size%20Waiver%20COVID19.pdf prior to arrival.  Hand your completed waiver form to Olympus Staff.  Please have your certification card out and ready to show to Olympus staff.  Don't forget your Nitrox c-card, if you are planning on diving Nitrox. 
  • Olympus Dive Center will be limiting the number of people in the dive store, please make sure to maintain Social Distancing while in the dive shop and outdoor deck area.
  • The dive shop will be disinfected throughout the day, please avoid touching things unless necessary or purchasing.
  • All rental equipment and tanks will be sanitized by our staff members.  Please do not touch other diver's gear.
  • We will be taking everyone's temperature before handing out Boarding Passes.
On the Dive Boat:
  • All Dive Crew & Guests are asked to wear a face cover.
  • Please have all your dive gear (excluding tanks) inside a gear bag or bin upon boarding the dive boat.
  • Please practice Social Distancing while on the boat.  Scuba tanks will be spaced on the boat to help with this.
  • We encourage everyone to bring their own reusable water bottle.
  • Please remember to bring a towel, snacks or lunch, and personal disinfecting products.  No bleach products allowed on board.
  • Marine Head - Please remember that no paper towel products or wipes are to be placed in the toilet.  There is a trash can in the bathroom for those products.  Toilet Paper ONLY in the marine head.
  • Please do not spit in your mask or on the deck of the boat.  If you do not have Defog solution, we have spray bottles of Defog on board.  There will be NO communal mask rinse bucket.  We will have jugs of water to splash into your masks if needed.
  • The dive boat will be disinfected throughout the day.
  • End of Dive Day - ALL dive equipment and tanks must be removed from the boat to allow the crew the ability to properly sanitize and disinfect the boat for the next day's dive trip.
  • We recommend that each diver bring a personal rubbermaid/bin/tub to store their dive equipment overnight in their car or hotel room.
Back at the Shop:
  • We will have three rinse bins set up for rinsing and disinfecting dive gear. Bin #1 & #2 will have a bleach solution and Bin #3 will be fresh water.  We also have a few hoses that can be used for fresh water rinsing.
  • Please return rental tanks or your personal tanks to be filled to the appropriate Fill Box (White for Air and Green for Nitrox).
  • Please enter the dive shop while practicing Social distancing to pay for rental tanks or fills for the following day.
  • Only Scuba Tanks will be allowed to be loaded on the boat for the following day after the boat has been scrubbed and disinfected.
Tips to help keep you safe and minimize risk for exposure.
  • Divers should sanitize their dive equipment, especially - masks, snorkels, whistles, orally inflated SMB's, BCD oral inflators, and second stages of regulators.  All Olympus Dive Center rental dive equipment is be disinfected immediately after each use.
  • Use a defog solution instead of spit for your mask.
  • Dive buddies should not use/share the same mouthpiece unless it’s an emergency.
  • Carry disinfectant solution in your dive bag in case needed.
  • Wear a face cover (i.e., face mask, gaiter, buff, bandana, etc.)
  • Practice Social Distancing while in the Dive Shop, Outdoor Deck and Dive Boats
  • Practice proper hygiene, including frequently washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not touching your face.
Thank you – we appreciate our help and understanding with these guidelines that we have in place for your and our health & safety. Robert Purifoy and all the Olympus Dive Center Staff
18
Jun
2 Tank Night Dive Charter on The Heroine  6/18/21 @ 5-5:30pm

2 Tank Night Dive Charter on The Heroine 6/18/21 @ 5-5:30pm

Giant Stride Dive Shop

All Day

SOLD OUT!!! The Heroine sank on 6/19/1920 and is 136' long X 26' wide and sitting in 80' of water...a really great dive with lots of fish and marine life on and around her. Cost is $145.00 per diver and only 6 spots are available. Reservations are made at Giant Stride Dive Shop by full pre-payment that is non refundable. If you cancel your reservation you forfeit the full payment unless we can sell your seat. If our captain cancels the trip, we issue a full refund if you paid in cash or 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 6:00 pm 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 33 State St. Narragansett, RI (in Galilee), show up by at least 5:30pm to load up and sign waivers, we leave at 6:00 pm sharp. Required gear: Advanced Open Water Certification card, 2 lights, (primary & Back up), Wreck reel, Safety sausage or lift bag and a whistle. YOU SHOULD HAVE DAN Hyperbaric insurance or the equivalent!
20
Jun
U853 U-BOAT CHARTER SUNDAY 6/20/21 @ 6am

U853 U-BOAT CHARTER SUNDAY 6/20/21 @ 6am

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

All Day

SOLD OUT!!! Charter to The U 853 aboard Priority .........Join us as we dive the U853 Nazi submarine, a Type IX-C-40 built in the Deschimag Yard in Germany. We will remain at the U Boat for the second dive unless conditions dictate otherwise. This Charter, Priority Charters, and Giant Stride Dive Shop, requires an advanced cert. with some experience diving to depths greater than 100 ft. in New England (or similar) waters. A redundant air source, lift bag or safety sausage, and whistle or horn is required. Pony bottles and regs are available to rent if you don't have one. Cost is $150.00 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 unless we can sell your seat. If our captain cancels the trip, we issue a full refund. 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 marina 1 hour before sailing time , 6AM to fill out a waiver, present a certification card and  load gear before our departure time. Our boats sail on time at 7:00 am and if you miss the boat it's your loss. Your seat is held by full prepayment only. ADDRESS:  33 State st. Narragansett, RI 02882 
01
Jul
PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER Certification Class (1st step Beginner level) 7/1/21 @ 6:30PM

PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER Certification Class (1st step Beginner level) 7/1/21 @ 6:30PM

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

06:30 am – 09:30 pm

 
INSTRUCTOR: JOHN LANGELLA 
 
COST:  $550.00 HOWEVER WHEN YOU BUY YOUR MASK, FINS AND SNORKEL AND BOOTS HERE WE 
WILL DISCOUNT THEM BY $100.00 (MUST BUY ALL 4 ITEMS TO GET THE 100.00 DISCOUNT 
OTHERWISE YOU WILL GET A 10% DISCOUNT) MAKING THE CLASS $450.00 
GET YOUR DIVING CERTIFICATION, (DIVERS  LICENSE) AND START YOUR ADVENTURE WITH THE 
BIGGEST, BEST STOCKED SHOP IN RI. 
A 10% STUDENT DISCOUNT IS OFFERED TO STUDENTS ON GEAR 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 DEAL 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, BOOTS, SNORKEL, WEIGHT BELT , 
WEIGHTS AND AT LEAST 1 STEEL TANK OR 2 ALUMINUM TANKS. (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 DONT JUST SELL IT WE LIVE IT! CALL 401-732-8808 FOR MORE INFO OR STOP BY THE 
STORE TO ENROLL. 
GET YOUR DIVING CERTIFICATION, (DIVERS  LICENSE) AND START YOUR ADVENTURE WITH THE 
BIGGEST, BEST STOCKED SHOP IN RI. 
 
DATES  
CLASS AND POOL 
JULY  01    THURSDAY.   @ 6:30 TO 9:00               CLASS 1 
 
JULY  06    TUESDAY     @   6:30 TO 9:00             CLASS 2 
JULY 08    THURSDAY    @  6:30 TO 9:00             POOL 1 
   
JULY   13    TUESDAY    @  6:30 TO 9:00              CLASS 3 
JULY  15    THURSDAY  @  6:30 TO 9:00             POOL 2  
 
JULY  20    TUESDAY     @  6:30 TO 9:00              CLASS 4  
JULY 22     THURSDAY  @  6:30 TO 9:00             POOL 3 
 
JULY  27    TUESDAY     @  6:30 TO 9:00              CLASS 5 
 
 OPEN WATER DIVES         *SUNDAY JULY 18 & SUNDAY JULY 25   *WEATHER DEPENDENT. 
    
 OPEN WATER COURSE     
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  
CONFINED WATER SESSION (POOL)  
MASK, FINS, SNORKEL, BOOTIES  
BATHING SUIT AND TOWEL 
  
OPEN WATER SESSIONS (OCEAN DIVES) 
MASK, FINS, SNORKEL, BOOTS, HOOD & GLOVES (PROVIDED BY STUDENT)  
WEIGHT BELT, REGULATOR, BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICE (BCD), WETSUIT (7MM / ¼ INCH) AND 
TANK (PROVIDED BY DIVE SHOP)  
DIVE FLAG (PROVIDED BY DIVE SHOP)  
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 PM.  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.  
  
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 CARES OF AND MAINTAINS 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 $85 WILL BE 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 WHEN RETURNING IT TO THE SHOP  
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 $75 A DAY  
WILL BE ADDED  
06
Jul
PADI RESCUE DIVER CERTIFICATION & EFR CLASS 7/6/21

PADI RESCUE DIVER CERTIFICATION & EFR CLASS 7/6/21

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP


06:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning. 
 
Dates 
Class and Pool 
EFR/CPR         July  6   @    6:30 to 9:30  Class 
First Aid July  8   @    6:30 to 9:30   Class 
Rescue July 13  @    6:30 to 9:30   Class 
July 15   @    6:30 to 9:30   Pool 
July 20   @     6:30 to 9:30   Class 
July 22   @      6:30 to 9:30   Pool 
Open Water Dives       July 24 & 25 
PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:
  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
You may be able to get college credit for the Rescue Diver course – ask your instructor.

How can you start learning now?

You can sign up at the store and receive the Rescue Diver Manual, and your pocket mask, enroll in the course, get your materials and start learning. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions along with your rescue exercises and scenarios.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll use your basic scuba equipment and will need a pocket mask which is required (available at Giant Stride) to practice in-water resuscitation. During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving career. Cost: EFR $150.00   RESCUE $350.00   BOTH RESCUE & EFR FOR $480.00   Instructor: Chris Parke 
   
Academic Session (class room) 
PADI Rescue Diver Manual 
Completed Knowledge reviews (from the end of each module in the rescue manual) 
Notepad or notebook for taking notes. 
Confined Water Session (pool) 
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties 
Tank, BCD, wights 
Bathing suit and towel 
 
Open Water Session (Ocean Dives) 
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties  
Weight Belt, Regulator, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Wetsuit (7mm / ¼ inch) 
and tank  
Dive Flag  
Logbook  
Proper clothing for the weather conditions, large towel 
Food snacks and drinks 
 
Student responsibilities during academic sessions 
Student must read all 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;30pm.  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.