The Final Frontier begins with the Roddenberry Dive Team

By Stephen Weir, Diver Magazine

BEAM ME DOWN SCOTTY. Space may be the final frontier for astronauts, but, Eugene Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry the creator of Star Trek, knows that for the vast majority of people back here on Earth, the only place you can boldly go where no man has gone before is underwater.
California based Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry has introduced a new line of dive suits and formed a dive club to encourage people to explore the underwater world and save the planet. Rod is hopeful that his Roddenberry Dive Team will live long and prosper.
“The Roddenberry Dive Team is about exploration, adventure and education,” the club founder wrote on his website. “Members can take part in regular ocean, space and science action related activities; including scuba trips to both local and exotic locations, VIP events and fundraisers, special lectures and seminars, aquarium and scientific facility tours.”

“This is the beginning, the Rodenberry Dive Team (RDT) adventures have just begun,” Eugene Roddenberry told Diver Magazine. “We just want to say ‘Get off the couch’ and explore the world (through diving). This is not a protest. The more you experience, the more you understand. RDT is looking for people who not only have an interest in ocean exploration and recreation but also a love for the vision and optimism that was handed down by my father Gene Roddenberry.”
“"Star Trek promoted a beautiful future,” he said.” There is a tremendous parallel between floating in space and floating in an alien (underwater) environment.”
RDT has formed a California chapter and has already taken part in the 29th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup off Catalina Island near Los Angeles. Future RDT events and trips are already in the works.
“We want to establish chapters where ever there are like-minded divers,” he continued. “ I would love to see one in Canada. I lived in Toronto for 10-years and still have a lot of friends there.”
You don’t have to enlist in the RDT to become an underwater trekkie. Eugene Roddenberry has brought out a line of Star Trek: The Original Series wet and dry suits.
As JMJ Wetsuits (the makers of the wetsuits) explains, “these wetsuits are not novel gimmicks, they are the real deal, made using the highest quality materials and expert craftsmanship. This is the ultimate in warmth and exposure protection when exploring strange new worlds!
The 7MM wetsuit is available in three colors: Command Yellow, Science Blue, and Engineering Red. Each suit features a durable Star Trek chest insignia, Rank Braids, and RDT shoulder logo.”
Canada’s Whites Manufacturing make high quality dry suits including the new Fusion line of futuristic dry suits. RDT members can now purchase a Star Trek version of the Canadian Fusion dry suit.
Editor’s Note: too bad that Fusion suits don’t use vulcanized rubber boots like earlier Whites dry suits.

“People are used to wearing black suits, but not us! When you put on a Star Trek suit you are making a statement.”
“The suits are selling,” he continued,“but not like hot cakes. They are expensive. They are a custom fit. We don’t send out orders of 10,000 to China, these are American made (wetsuits). You will pay $450 and you will get a fantastic suit that looks, well, out-of-this-world.”

“The Whites dry suits sales have just begun. We have had a couple of people show an interest. We showed at DEMA and I expect that interest in all of our suits will grow!”
Don’t want to buy a suit or join the team? Roddenberry’s ship stores sell a variety of logo-enhanced articles including tank covers, après dive parkas and a beverage cozy.

Cutline: James Griffiths, left, Vice President and Operations Manager, Whites Manufacturing Ltd., and Justin Balaski, Whites’ Regional Sales Manager, at launch of the Star Trek Fusion drysuit,


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