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Extended Events Schedule

06
Jul
PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Certification Class 7/6/23 @6:30pm

PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Certification Class 7/6/23 @6:30pm

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

06:30 pm – 08:30 pm

July 06, 2023 - PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Certification Class. 
Instructor: John Langella 
Prerequisites: Minimum age:15 and Advanced Certification. 
Cost: $500: Includes books, a loaner instructional DVD and certification for PADI Wreck Diver 
Specialty.  
 
Diving submerged wrecks is exciting and rewarding requiring skills beyond basic scuba to do so 
efficiently and safely. The Wreck Diver Specialty certification course is designed to train divers how 
to research and evaluate wrecks, develop practical knowledge of wreck diving, and how to plan, 
organize and make wreck dives and penetrations. 
 
This course entails two classroom sessions, one check-out dive and four wreck dives. Students 
are expected to provide their own personal dive equipment suitable for each dive. In 
addition to normal scuba equipment and appropriate exposure protection, students are expected 
to have: 2 dive lights, a penetration reel, a line spool, a lift bag, a SMB, slates, 
appropriate knife/line cutting tool and redundant air supply (ie. pony tank & regulator). 
 
 
Class Schedule: (classes are at Giant Stride Dive Shop) 
 
Classroom #1: Thursday, July 06: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Meet the instructor and review 
course and equipment requirements and schedules.  
 
Classroom #2: Thursday, July 13: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Turn in all paperwork, go over 
knowledge reviews and practice reel techniques. 
 
 
Dive Schedule: Check-out Dive: Sunday, July 9 
Wreck Dives:      Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, July 23  
 
*All dive dates are tentative depending on weather and conditions. 
 
 
Enrollment is Limited! REGISTER and STOP IN TO THE STORE TO SIGN UP AND PICK UP YOUR 
STUDENT PACKAGE! 

11
Jul
JULY PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION CLASS (Beginner Level) 7/11/23 @ 6:30pm

JULY PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION CLASS (Beginner Level) 7/11/23 @ 6:30pm

Giant Stride Dive Shop

06:30 pm – 09:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Parker COST:  $550.00 HOWEVER WHEN YOU BUY YOUR MASK, FINS AND SNORKEL AND BOOTS HERE WE WILL DISCOUNT THEM BY $50.00 (must buy all 4 items to get the 50.00 discount MAKING THE CLASS $500.00....(otherwise you will get a 10% discount on individual items) 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 more than 20% 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. GET YOUR DIVING CERTIFICATION, (AKA DIVERS LICENSE) AND START YOUR ADVENTURE WITH THE BIGGEST, BEST STOCKED SHOP IN RI.
 INSTRUCTOR: Chris Parker
Dates July 11 6:30Classroom July 13 7:00Pool July 18 6:30 Classroom July 20 7:00Pool July 25 6:30Classroom July 27 7:00Pool Open Water Dives       July 29 and 30 (weather permitting) 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, Booties (Provided by student) 
Weight Belt, Regulator, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Wetsuit (7mm / ¼ inch) and 
tank (provided by dive shop) 
Gloves, hood (provided by student) 
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 7pm.  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
25
Jul
3rd Annual New Jersey Tech/Wreck Diving Trip to Cape May 7/25-7/30/23

3rd Annual New Jersey Tech/Wreck Diving Trip to Cape May 7/25-7/30/23

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

All Day

SOLD OUT!!! For the past 2 years we had an awesome time diving from the "Gypsy Blood" with Captain Jim. The boat is really laid out nice with lots of room complimented with an experienced crew. Dive dates are 7/25 S5 Sub 155',  7/26 USS Montgomery 150',  7/27 Admiral Dupont 150', 7/28 Miraflores 155', 7/29/21-Northern Pacific 150', 7/30 City of Athens 110' Departure time is 6:30am. The cost of the diving portion is 1280.00 (cash or check) (you arrange your own lodging)  The Marina is Utsch’s Marina. It is just past the Cape May canal as you come into town.  www.capemayharbor.com   You must be there in your hotel by 7/26/21 so we can check in and get some of our heavier gear (Tanks) onto the boat unless you want to load up in the am. The hotel captain Jim recommended is the Cape Harbor Motor Inn. www.capeharbormotorinn.com They are diver friendly and have clean rooms, pool. They are only a couple of miles from the marina. Everyone must bring enough tanks for two days of diving, Jim will work on having one days set filled while we are out on the second day. This way you will not have to wait for fills to be done. Drop off a set and pick up a set. All tanks can be left on the boat overnight. No sense in having to load up in the morning. This will be an amazing week! I strongly recommend making your reservations at the Inn well in advance! A Tech cert of at least Decompression Procedures is required. You should arrive 7/24/22 at your choice of lodging. July 25th                S5 (160ft)  US Submarine Sunk 1920 July 26th                USS Montgomery (Max’s Wreck) (150ft) Steamship Sunk 1918 July 27th                Admiral Dupont (150ft) Sunk 1865 July 28th                Miraflores (155ft) Sunk 1942 July 29th                Northern Pacific (140ft) Sunk 1922 July 30th                City of Athens (105ft) Sunk 1918 Read more about these wrecks here: https://www.gypsyblooddive.com/nj-wreck-diving
05
Sep
SEPTEMBER PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION CLASS (Beginner Level) 9/5/23 @ 6:30pm

SEPTEMBER PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION CLASS (Beginner Level) 9/5/23 @ 6:30pm

GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

06:30 pm – 09:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Parker COST:  $550.00 HOWEVER WHEN YOU BUY YOUR MASK, FINS AND SNORKEL AND BOOTS HERE WE WILL DISCOUNT THEM BY $50.00 (must buy all 4 items to get the 50.00 discount MAKING THE CLASS $500.00....(otherwise you will get a 10% discount on individual items) 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 more than 20% 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. GET YOUR DIVING CERTIFICATION, (AKA DIVERS LICENSE) AND START YOUR ADVENTURE WITH THE BIGGEST, BEST STOCKED SHOP IN RI.
 INSTRUCTOR: Chris Parker
Dates September 5 6:30Classroom September 7 7:00Pool September 12 6:30Classroom September 14 7:00Pool September 19 6:30Classroom September 21 7:00Pool Open Water Dives       September 24 and 25 (weather permitting) 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, Booties (Provided by student) 
Weight Belt, Regulator, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Wetsuit (7mm / ¼ inch) and 
tank (provided by dive shop) 
Gloves, hood (provided by student) 
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 7pm.  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
09
Dec
AQUA CAT LIVE ABOARD TRIP TO EXUMAS, BAHAMAS 12/9/23-12/16/23

AQUA CAT LIVE ABOARD TRIP TO EXUMAS, BAHAMAS 12/9/23-12/16/23

Giant Stride Dive Shop

06:00 pm

  There is 2 skylight cabin seats on this awesome trip @ $2695.00 including port, park fees.  AQUA CAT LIVE ABOARD TRIP TO EXUMAS, EULUTHERA AND LIL SAN SALVADOR, BAHAMAS December 9th - December 16th, 2023 This will be our 12th Trip to this awesome destination. Aqua Cat Cruises and Giant Stride dive Shop offers the ultimate escape onboard your own private luxury yacht. Based in Nassau and cruising the beautiful Exuma Cays. A great trip isn't accomplished purely because of the destination or the marine life but also because of the divers you are there with....a fun loving, wild bunch of Northeast Divers ensures lots of laughs, great dive buddies and clever antics. Aqua Cat combines the luxury of cruise travel with spectacular live- aboard diving. The ship's features include: a spacious dining area; comfortable lounge area with television, DVD, karaoke and audio center; shaded and sun decks. Each large passenger cabin has a private bath, hair dryer (for John), refrigerator and individual climate control. The 28-foot motor launch Sea Dog shuttles passengers to pristine beaches and secluded coves for snorkeling and sunbathing. Just 40 miles southeast of Nassau, the Exumas lay claim to the world's first national park partially submerged beneath the sea. Aqua Cat cruises this 176-square-mile park that is a magnet for divers and snorkelers irresistibly drawn to its reefs, walls, blue holes, shark encounters and drift diving. Aqua Cat offers you 4-5 dives per day (up to 26 dives for the week), Nitrox ($150.00 for the week), complete video lab and a large dive deck with private shower and head. Full scuba certification, snorkeling, kayaking and island exploration are also available. Price for an 8-day/7-night trip (5 1/2 dive days) $3195 per person and includes port, park and fuel fees or I have the Skylight cabin @ $2695.00 includes port, park and fuel fees and is all inclusive (includes Booze, Food, Lodging, Diving). If you don't mind close quarters you can do 3 ina cabin (must have 2 friends coming along) @ 2795.00 or 4 (must have 3 friends coming along) @ 2595.00 (Bring lube!) You are responsible for gratuities (15% suggested) and your own transportation/flight.... I will post my flight details once flights become available. I usually take a direct flight from Boston and will offer economical (somewhere around $60 bucks each roundtrip) transportation to and from Logan Airport and you can be dropped off and picked up at my house or leave your car in my driveway. Join us for fun, adventure and more dives in a week than most of you have do in a month. We night dive every night and finish up the trip with a dive in the Washing Machine.....the coolest, craziest drift dive in a vortex of 2 1/2 knot current where the channel narrows down to a bottleneck like ravine.... it IS a blast! Also dive the Lost Blue Hole....(like the Blue Hole in Belize) Stop in to leave a deposit for your spot or call 4o1-732-8808. I recommend paying weekly or monthly with the final payment being due December 1st,2016. Deposits are considered a commitment and are non-refundable unless we can sell your spot. Aqua Cat Cruises offers the ultimate escape onboard your own private luxury yacht. Based in Nassau and cruising the beautiful Exuma Cays, Aqua Cat is a 102' X 35' live-aboard accommodating 22 guests in 11 spacious cabins. Aqua Cat combines the luxury of cruise travel with spectacular live-aboard diving. The ship’s features include: a spacious dining area; comfortable lounge area with television, DVD, karaoke and audio center; shaded and sun decks. Each large passenger cabin has a private bath, hair dryer, refrigerator and individual climate control. The 28-foot motor launch Sea Dog shuttles passengers to pristine beaches and secluded coves for snorkeling and sunbathing. View thier website here: Aqua Cat Official Website - Bahamas Luxury Dive Liveaboard (allstarliveaboards.com)   Aqua Cat - Trip Info - Details, Rates, Hotels + Checklists (allstarliveaboards.com) All Star Liveaboards | Trip Application