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May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Diver. 27 May, 2021
I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last update! Time and our lives are quickly moving along. Just hope we’re all making the best of our time! In an effort to take some personal time off this season, if you need to speak to me personally, I will not be in the shop on Sunday afternoons nor one day during the week. I’ll also be Captain on the boat Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please call/e mail (203-333-3483/orbitdive@aol.com) first, if you need ME.

For the first time in many years, just about all of our Basic Open Water courses have been full through 10 July! So full that I had to add another date (12 June) to our June schedule to handle the demand! Seems like many families have plans to fly out of here once school’s out for the summer. All that pent up desire to get away is now a reality! Good for everyone!

Now that our Basic Open Water classes are well underway and filling fast, if interested in signing up, please contact us ASAP and we’ll try to find a spot for you. Classes will continue to be offered every two weeks. Don’t forget we also offer a pool
Refresher program. For just $75.00 you can join our regular Open Water class and review your basic skills. We’ll even sign your log to validate you completed a 3-4 hour pool refresher program! For more information and future dates, please go to:
www.orbitmarine.com/classes.html.

Many of those that are signing up for classes are also signing up for their local Open Water dives. We still have all dates available, but some charters are already full. If you’re planning on taking a class with us this spring/summer, please sign up early to insure a spot in our classes and on our boats.
As usual, we will offer trips to our local wreck sites as long as we have enough interest. Our local diving will begin the weekend of 5 June.

For those of you looking to buy more gear, note that we will meet or beat any online seller! Buy local so we can stay in business. Lose us and you not only lose a compressor to fill your tanks (if you dive local), but you also lose local training, local boat dives, local organized group travel, equipment advise and most importantly, my smiling face! So, please, give us a consideration for your business!

As the world continues to re-open, many more of you will be traveling. Unless things change, our next trip will be our annual August trip to dive the WWII wrecks in North Carolina. This trip is for Advanced divers only. That will be followed by our trip to the Banda Sea (Indonesia) in October, Turks & Caicos in November, Cozumel & Playa del Carmen in December! And that’s just for this year! Info on all these trips and more are listed below. Note that our Banda Sea and Turks & Caicos trips are full with a wait list of names. Cozumel and all other trips are wide open, so please contact me as soon as you decide to join us on any of the listed trips.

I am continuing to teach Nitrox and First Aid (PADI EFR) programs as needed. Please let me know if interested in either of these courses. We’ll begin our Rescue classes 17 June and 20 August. Advanced, June through October. Divemaster will begin in September.

Now that spring is here and people are traveling again, we’re staying busy selling everything from wet suits and wet suit accessories, to dive computers and full scuba sets of gear! It’s encouraging to see divers, fishermen and metal detecting enthusiasts still passionate about getting back to the sports they love and are buying more gear! What’s nice to hear is that many prefer to deal locally than from online sellers. We can match or beat online sellers, so please, give us a try, before you buy elsewhere!
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If you’re not a “Friend” on my FB page (Noel Voroba, Orbit Dive Center or Orbit Marine Sports) you haven’t seen the pictures/videos I’ve been posting from past trips and local charters. Hopefully they’ll inspire you to sign on to one of our future trips listed below. Also, if you enjoyed our local diving or had a positive experience dealing with us, please say so on Google or Yelp. Since social media is so important these days, every little bit of positive feedback helps us survive. If you didn’t have a good experience with us, I’d like to hear about it!

NEW EMPLOYEES!

Once again, I’m happy to introduce Sydney O’Brien and Roberta (“Bert”) Reynolds to our shop staff! Sydney comes to us after completing her PADI Instructor course in Roatan. Bert comes to us after over 30 years of diving experiences all over the world! Along with Bob Dulka and me, we have a fantastic shop staff worthy of your business!

“Capt. Noel’s Diventures!”
DON’T GET LEFT BEHIND!
“I’M GOIN’ WITH OR WITHOUT YOU!”

Here’s our present dive trip schedule for this year and beyond! Of course, dates and prices subject to change!!

2021 TRIPS UPDATE!

North Carolina!..August 15-20, 2021..Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/northcarolina.html.

Banda Sea, Indonesia! October 20-28, 2021 Aboard the new “MY Velocean!” Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/bandasea.html. ALREADY FULL! WAITLIST ONLY!

Turks & Caicos! November 13-20, 2021, Live-aboard! Maybe one spot open! Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/turks&caicos.html.

Cozumel 2-6 Dec & Playa del Carmen!..6-9 December, 2021. Reefs & Cavern & Bull shark diving! Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/cozumel.html.

Hotels are beginning to fill and flight prices are soring quickly as the world opens. Please let me know ASAP if interested in any of our trips!

2022 TRIPS UPDATE!

Bonaire!..January 8-15, 2022. Info at www.orbitmarine.com/bonaire.html.

Cayman Brac! Feb 12-19, 2022. Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/caymanbrac.html.

Roatan! March 12-19, 2022 Info at: www.orbitmarine.com/roatan.html

North Carolina!..August 2022 Info soon!

Florida Keys! OCTOBER 27-31, 2022 Long weekend! Info soon!

Maldives! NOVEMBER 12-19, 2022 Info soon!

Cozumel! December 1-5, 2022. Info Soon!

MORE TRIPS COMING! STAY TUNED!

CLASSES

Next Basic Open Water Classes:
WE’RE NOW ABLE TO TEACH OUR BASIC OPEN WATER CLASSES! PLEASE GO TO: www.orbitmarine.com/classes.html FOR INFO ON FUTURE CLASS DATES.

CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Nitrox and EFR (Emergency First Response) classes on request!
Rescue Diver 17 June & 27 August. for more info: www.orbitmarine.com/rescue.html

Advanced June thru October. Ask us about specialties offered this summer.
www.orbitmarine.com/classes.html

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE DEALERS FOR GARMIN AND SHEARWATER COMPUTERS!

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METAL DETECTORS!
ABOVE & BELOW WATER
NOW AT ORBIT MARINE! STARTING AT JUST $189.00!
UNDERWATER METAL DETECTING ONLY CHARTERS PLANNED THIS SUMMER!
CALL UF FOR INFO!
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Thank you for reading this! Please stay safe & healthy! Better days are HERE!
NOTE THAT WE’RE NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM NOW THROUGH OCTOBER!
Capt. Noel Voroba/President

Turks & Caicos Island!

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming trip to the Turks & Caicos Islands! Located southeast of the Bahamas, this fabulous group of islands offer some of the Caribbean’s best dive sites and white sand beaches! A very popular destination for divers and snorkelers looking for the best of both worlds!

Our package will include:

**4 nights @ Ports of Call Resort w/2 per garden view hotel room

**Continental breakfast daily

**3 days of 2 tank morning boat dives with Dive Provo

** In-room Coffee for Coffeemaker, Wi-Fi lobby and room

** Poolside & Beach Lounge Chairs, Beach and Pool Towels , Beach Shuttle Service

** Paddleboards, Kayaks, Shuffle Board

** ALL Hotel taxes/service charges/resort fees

Although the hotel is located across the street from the famous Grace Bay Beach, beach access is either just a short walk across the street or hotel shuttle. Restaurants, bars and well stocked grocery store are within minutes from the hotel!

Pricing for this trip for the above package is as follows: Diver, double occupancy …$1089.00. Single diver….$1649.00. Non diver double occupancy..$595.00. As with all of our trips, a non refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to hold your spot, with balance due 60 days prior to departure (March 2, 2019). Note that once deposited you are liable for balance of payment unless I can find another person to take your spot. As with all of our trips, I highly suggest trip insurance in case you have to cancel for any reason. Trip insurance is available through www.dan.org or www.diveassure.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 203-333-3483 or e mail me at orbitdive@aol.com. Love you have you with us as “I’m goin’ with or without you!”

Capt. Noel Voroba/President/Tour leader

Little Cayman

http://www.orbitmarine.com/littlecayman.htmlThank you for your interest in our upcoming trip to Little Cayman Island 4-8 April, 2019. Located just south of Cuba, Little Cayman Island is the smallest of the three islands that make up the Cayman Islands group. Although a “sleepy,” quiet island, Little Cayman boasts some of the best reef and wreck diving in the Caribbean. Known for it’s famous “Bloody Bay Wall” and the ship wreck “Tibbetts,” Little Cayman has been a major diving destination for many decades.

We’ll be staying at the famous Little Cayman Beach Resort.  With the dive shop, boat and gear storage right on the premises, there’s no easier set up for divers. Not to mention the major reefs and dive sites are just minutes away!

Our 5 day, 4 night package will include:

**4 nights at Little Cayman Beach Resort w/2 per pool view room

**Full Breakfast daily

**Full Lunch daily

**Full Dinner daily

**3 drinks per night (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

**3 days of 2 tank boat dives

**2 days of 1 tank afternoon boat dives

**Free use of Dive computer

**Welcome Drink

**Transfers to and from airport

**Hotel taxes

The above package price for a diver, double occupancy is just $1299.00. Single diver package $1658.00. Non diver double occupancy $1119.00.

Typically, we fly direct from NY to Grand Cayman on flights offered by Jet Blue or Cayman Air, then board the Cayman Airways Island shuttle flight from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman. Shortly I will post suggested flights for this trip.

As with all my trips, a non refundable deposit of $500.00 will be required to hold your spot with final payment due 60 days prior to departure (Feb 4, 2019). Once deposited, you will be responsible for full payment of your spot unless we can find a replacement for you. We highly suggest purchasing trip insurance to cover any cancellations that might occur. This insurance can be purchased through dan.org or diveasure.com.  If you have any questions, please e mail me at orbitdive@aol.com or call me at 203-333-3483.

Again, thank you for your interest in this trip. Hope to hear from you soon! Capt. Noel Voroba/Group Leader

Islamorada, Florida Keys!

ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA KEYS!

October 12-16, 2017

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming trip to the Florida Keys! It’s been several year’s since I’ve been diving in the Keys and it’s time to go back!

ur package will include 5 days, 4 nights at the Post Card Inn (formally Holiday Isle Resort) in Islamorada, Florida. Hotel taxes, hotel gratuities and 3 days of two tank boat dives with Islamorada Dive Center. Not included are meals, airfare and airport transfers. Typically we fly into Miami International airport, rent mini vans and drive from Miami to Islamorada.

I will have pricing shortly, so stay tuned! If interested, please e mail me at orbitdive@aol.com or call the shop at 203-333-3483

Capt. Noel Voroba/Tour leader

MILFORD/ORANGE YMCA

MILFORD/ORANGE YMCA

October 15, October 29, November 12, December 3, December 17

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming Open Water (Beginner) scuba course at our dive center and the Milford/Orange YMCA. Our successful one day scuba course meets on one Saturday from 9am-5:30pm. Classroom session is from 9am-12noon at Orbit Marine. Pool session is at the Milford/Orange YMCA from 12:30-5:50pm.The course fee includes all scuba gear except mask, fins, snorkels, booties and log book. The fee also includes a DVD, text book and work book (take home exam). Students are encouraged to enroll at least one week prior to course date as time will be needed to complete the required take home test booklet.

Upon completion of the class and pool sessions, the student needs to complete four open water training dives. These dives can be done locally (spring, summer, fall) or while on a tropical vacation (we provide a “referral letter). Upon completion of the four  open water training dives, completed in two, half day sessions, the student will receive an Internationally recognized Open Water Diver certification card.

The fee for this program is $300.00 per person. If more than one person can share the same DVD, the second, third, etc. student’s fee is only $265.00 each, payable upon enrollment.

The fee for the two, half day open water boat sessions is $210.00 per person, and like the Open Water course, includes rental of all scuba gear (except mask, fins, snorkel, booties and log book), boat fees, instructor fees and registration fees.

We don’t make you drive to far off destinations to complete your open water dives!  We have two dive boats docked at Capt. Cove Marina, Black Rock, Bridgeport and dive locations such as Penfield Reef Lighthouse and the Penfield Reef area. Your open water training will be on a boat, in salt water, similar to environments you’ll be diving in the rest of your life!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at any of the above numbers or e mail me at orbitdive@aol.com.  Hope to see you in class..soon!

Capt. Noel Voroba/President

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EARLY FALL HOURS
Tuesday- Friday : 11AM-6PM
Saturday : 9 AM-5PM
Sun & Mon..CLOSED : UNTIL MID APRIL
DEC. 1-8.CLOSED : COZUMEL/PLAYA TRIP WEEK!

Dear  Diver,                                                                                     14 September  2016

Fall is just a week away and another huge summer is just about behind us. Once again, it’s been a great season for local diving, with only a no show tropical storm to mar the summer. It’s been an incredible year with already six dive trips “in the can” and three more great destinations to go! I’m working on next year’s trips, so stay tuned for more info shortly. If you were with us these past six months, I know you had as much fun as me!  If not, there’s still time to join us for some exciting diving and vacationing this sport has to offer.

NOTE: If you still have to complete your Open Water training dives, now’s the time to sign up for our local boats. We will pull the boats out of the water the end of October, but, as you know, October can be a windy, cold month, so best to get your dives completed NOW! Water temp is still in the 70’s!

Coming up for the remainder of this year, we have St. Croix for October, Palau for November  and Costa Rica for December. Ample space is open for St. Croix and Costa Rica, but the Palau trip is now full! Please see info links below if interested in any of the above. For next year, I’m planning on another Bonaire or Curacao trip, Roatan, Little Cayman, Turks and Caicos and Raja Ampat (limited space available) for starters. I’ll be posting more info on future trips soon.

COMING SOON!  WE WILL HAVE A NEW, MORE MODERN,  UP TO DATE WEB SITE!  STAY TUNED!

Orbit Marine is an industry leader in dive travel!  Upcoming trips!

St. Croix, USVI October 6-10, 2016 www.orbitmarine.com/stcroix.html Spots open

Palau, November 1-12, 2016 www.orbitmarine.com/palau.html Sorry..Full!
Costa Rica, December 1-5 or 7, 2016 info at www.orbitmarine.com/costarica.html

2017 schedule soon! Projected destinations (Schedule subject to change)
January 12-16, 2017..Curacao (ABC Islands) near Aruba
February 9-13, 2017.. Bimini, Bahamas..Hammerhead dives!
February 24- March 10..Raja Ampat, Indonesia
March 23-27..Roatan, Honduras
April 6-10..Turks & Caicos
May 4-8..Little Cayman or Grand Cayman
August 7-11 North Carolina
October TBA (To BE Announced)
November TBA (Maybe Hawaii!)
December TBA

Classes…classes….As usual, we’ll be offering our one day Basic Open Water classes just about every two weeks! Just in time for your winter/spring break trips! Upcoming dates include…Sept 24, Oct 15, Oct 29. For more info, please go to www.orbitmarine.com/classes.html. For dates, please click on the link that says “Click Here for Class Schedule.”

Advanced Open Water.. Weekly through mid October
Rescue ..Next Spring
Dive Master..Next Summer

LOCAL BOAT DIVING IS NOW!  GET YOUR CERTIFICATION DIVES DONE NOW WHILE YOU CAN!  WINTER WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!   WEEKENDS AND SPECIAL 7AM-10AM WEDNESDAY MORNING DIVE! (CERTIFIED DIVERS ONLY!).

Nitrox classes offered all year, just 2 hour class, no pool or open water dives required. Emergency First Responder/EFR (1st Aid/CPR) interest list now forming.. E mail or call me for sign up. 203-333-3483 or orbitdive@aol.com.

 

EARLY FALL HOURS
Tuesday- Friday : 11AM-6PM
Saturday : 9 AM-5PM
Sun & Mon..CLOSED : UNTIL MID APRIL
DEC. 1-8.CLOSED : COZUMEL/PLAYA TRIP WEEK!

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OCEANIC REGULATOR, OCTOPUS, BCD & THREE GAUGE COMPUTER CONSOL

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