Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques, and photographs relative to diving and its heritage, the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is a valuable educational resource through its annual free “Immerse Yourself” lecture series.
A select group of qualified and trained individuals are helping tell the story of mankind’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea through informal talks planned for 7 p.m. the third Wednesday evening of each month now through September.
Topics range from the heritage of handcrafted helmets, the evolution of dive helmets as well as an informative session with world-record holder and legendary diver Neal Watson.
In September the free lecture topic is a “Founder’s Choice,” to be specially selected by Dr. Sally E. Bauer, the Museum’s owner and co-founder. Bauer was recently inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and as president of the museum’s board of directors, is working on sharing the story of man’s underwater exploration by establishing the Bauer Research Library as a resource for scholars, historians and museum members.
Today, the museum contains artifacts and ephemera covering 4,000 years of diving history. Highlights include an exhibit of dive helmets from around the world, and one dedicated to Upper Keys treasure hunter Art “Silver Bar” McKee.