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Reef Photo & Video System Introduction Dives,
Blue Heron Bridge, Palm Beach, Florida

*** COMPLIMENTARY with Qualifying Orders! ***

Thinking of 'diving' into underwater imaging?
Let us help you take the plunge!

Get that new gear in the water under the guidance of a Reef Photo & Video Pro—
all at an easily accessible, relaxing-to-dive, subject-rich location!

Diver at wreck

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success."
— Alexander Graham Bell

We know that first dive with your new equipment can be anxiety-provoking. You've invested in some serious gear, and you're bound to have questions. We're here for you!

This one-day introductory dive experience offers the opportunity to put into practice the advice and recommendations your RPV Pros have offered online, on the phone, and in the store, without the pressure and anxiety of missing that once-in-a-lifetime shot on an epic (and expensive) dive vacation.
Gear set-up

Gear set-up From reassurance that you've assembled everything properly, to baseline camera and lighting settings, we want you to confidently go forth on your next dive adventure, ready to capture awesome imagery of the underwater world.

Of course, we'll always be at the ready to field your calls and emails, but there's nothing like a little hands-on guidance from your underwater imaging experts to get things off on the right fin.

Pick our brains on how to get the most out of your new equipment.

Even try some demo gear you've been curious about! Get all the tools and information you need to make your first trip with your new system a success!
Diver shooting mantis shrimp

Take advantage of one of the finest macro sites in the world,our own Blue Heron Bridge, located in West Palm Beach, FL.

Conditions at Blue Heron Bridge are ideally suited for participants to relax and get acquainted with their new equipment, and focus on their photography.

Your Reef Photo & Video Pro will be your dive buddy & guide. Enjoy this shallow 2-hour long dive— leave the navigating and flag-toting to us!

The 'Bridge' is actually located on the Intracoastal Waterway, inshore. This protected area has great tidal exchange, protection from two bridge structures, and an island (Phil Foster Park). Parking is within about 50 yards of divesite entry points. On-site picnic tables make for a great outdoor "classroom."

The Usual (and Unusual) Suspects:

The diversity of macro life at Blue Heron Bridge divesite is unlike anything else in the tropical Atlantic. Unusual critters like seahorses, frogfish, pike blennies, sea robins, batfish, stargazers, nudibranchs, and flatworms are common sightings.
Seahorse Frogfish
Pike blenny

A host of juveniles start their lives in this protected area before moving out on the reef.
Jawfish with eggs Intermediate high hat

Tropical angelfish, spadefish, barracuda, and jacks are found amongst the bridge pilings, and eagle rays and stingrays feed in the sand flats. Manatees, sea turtles, and goliath grouper are even seen on occassion.
Atlantic spadefish under the bridge
Goliath grouper


The Logistics:

Getting Here:
The dive site is around 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and around one hour from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). If you are flying in from out of town, a rental car will be necessary for transportation between the classroom, dive site, and hotel.

Lodging and meals are not included. The following hotels are recommended:

Hilton Singer Island
3700 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida 33404

Crowne Plaza
3200 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida

Marriott Ocean Point
71 Ocean Avenue
Palm Beach Shores, Florida 33404

Sample Schedule: Schedule will vary from session to session, based on tides.

Time (Approximate)

Arrive at Phil Foster Park
About 2 hours prior to splash time

Site Briefing, Checklists, Etiquette
30 minutes

Camera Questions & Set-Up
30 minutes to 1 hour

Dive Gear Prep
30 minutes

Approximately 2 hours

Follow-up questions
30 minutes

To provide you with the best experience, this schedule may be modified due to weather, ocean conditions, or other factors. All divers will be required to carry a fishing line cutting device while diving.

This one-day System Introduction Dive Experience is complimentary with qualifying purchases. Ask a Reef Photo & Video Pro for more information.

What is included:
Your System Introduction includes air tank and weights, provided by Pura Vida Divers.

We will be using 80 cubic foot aluminum air tanks equipped with yoke valves; if you need DIN valves, please notify us several days in advance. Also, please let us how much lead weight you would like. We will arrange delivery of tanks & weights to you at the dive site.

For any other diving equipment needs, please contact Pura Vida Divers directly and tell them you will be participating in a Reef Photo & Video dive at Blue Heron Bridge.

We take care of arrangements for the following which are included in your System Intro Dive Experience:
  • dive weights, air tank
  • transporting tanks between dive shop and the divesite
  • dive guides, diver down flags; dive boat when applicable

  • All of your dive gear other than weights & tank (if you need anything else, please pre-arrange for it through Pura Vida Divers.)
  • A cutting device (for fishing line) and a compass.
  • Your diver certification card; checking certifications over the internet is time-consuming and not always reliable.
  • Your underwater camera gear.
  • Memory card(s) for your camera.
  • Your questions!

Cancellation Policy:
We want you to concentrate on improving your underwater photography, not worry about arranging your dives. Making these events as fun and productive as possible involves many contractual obligations on our part, therefore please let us know at your earliest convenience (14 days or more in advance) if you need to cancel.

Want more? Ask about upgrading your one-day System Introduction Dive Experience to a full 3-day Blue Heron Bridge Workshop!

Join us! We have several workshops throughout the year to fit your schedule.

See the full listing of all Reef Photo & Video workshops and trips.


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