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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear Diver.                       December 16, 2021

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! As in the past, mine was great! For me, Thanksgiving is the best day of the year. I sleep late and no one asks me to do anything but show up! Not to mention the joy of seeing family and friends!

We’re just back from another incredible trip to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen! Once again, another great group, wonderful weather and fantastic dives! Super drift dives, Cenotes (caverns) and a dive with Bull sharks topped the week.  We’ll do it again next December!

For whatever reason, I had no takers for our planned Bonaire trip January 8-15, 2022. This is a huge surprise, as Bonaire is one of the best places to spend a week in the middle of winter. I brelieve we can still get hotel/air space, so if anyone’s interested, please let me know ASAP! 

A room just opened up on our February trip to Cayman Brac February 12-19. Anyone interested, again, please let me know immediately!

Roatan trip March 12-19 is now full, however, I’m on a waitlist for any hotel cancellations. If interested in getting away in March, this is a great trip to go on!

I’m still working on details for a planned trip to the Florida Keys March 31-April 1. I’m taking reservations now. It will be a long weekend, Thursday to Monday. A great quick get-a-way. 

 I want to alert you to the fact that our fall and winter hours are now in effect: Tues-Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday..9am-5pm.  Sundays & Mondays we’re closed until April. Also, we will be closed the weeks we are away on our dive trips. 

 Below you’ll see a list of our upcoming trips this winter and early spring. Some have very limited space or are already full. Take special note of  our new trip to the Maldives next November! We’re now just about half full! For more trip info: www.orbitmarine.com/trips.html.

We will continue to offer our Basic Open Water classes throughout the year. So, if you or anyone you know wants to learn to dive, our next Basic Open Water classes are Jan. 22, Feb 5 & 26. Please check our full schedule at: www.orbitmarine.com/classes.html. We will also be offering, on demand,  Nitrox diver and Emergency First Response classes over the winter,  

If you’re planning on buying a gift of diving or wanting a gift of diving for the holidays, please go to: www.orbitmarine.com/wishlist.html.
Here you’ll find a listing of all major items divers use and need to enjoy our sport. You can even use the list to help you pack for your next trip!

You’ve heard it time and time again about supply shortages, low or no inventory, etc. We’re not immune to this issue and much of what we normally sell is back ordered. I’m doing my best to keep ahead of it, but still, we’re out of stock of many items. It’s true that if you’re looking to buy gifts or something for yourself, the time to shop is NOW. Most everything in our sport is manufactured or have parts manufactured overseas. No guarantees we’ll have what you need, but we’ll do our best.

 Please stay safe and enjoy the Holiday season! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

 

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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!

 

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Thank you for reading this! Please stay safe & healthy! Better days are HERE!

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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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.

 

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Fridays : 11AM-5PM
Saturdays : 9AM-5PM
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