Learn To Dive In The Florida Keys



Description:

The ocean is a world of color and quiet, exploration and discovery. One of nature’s greatest wonders is a living coral reef, and the only one in the continental United States parallels the 126-mile length of the Florida Keys.

What better place to learn to scuba dive?

For entry-level, recreational diver certification, plan to allow three to five days for training.

Remember: once you're certified, you are certified for LIFE!

Author: Julie


Day 1 - Marathon


Okay, so you've decided to try a new sport - in one of the HOTTEST destinations for world-class diving. My suggestion: train at a location in the Middle Keys, to allow for day trips east and west of Marathon, around classtime.
Important considerations when researching professional dive operations include determining value versus price, asking what rental equipment is included in the cost and whether or not you receive personalized, one-on-one service and training. Cheaper price does not always mean the same quality experience. Scuba diving training is a sport for life, why would you scrimp on that?


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Banana Bay Resort & Marina

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Location:

4590 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 743 3500 / +1 800 226 2621
fax: +1 305 743 2670
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Day 2 - Marathon, Pigeon Key


Crack open those books and launch yourself into an exciting new sport. Be one with the fishes!


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Seven-Mile Bridge

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expert pick

Location:

Mile Marker 47 to Mile Marker 40
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 800 352 5397


2

Old Seven Mile Bridge

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Location:

Mile Marker 47, U.S 1
U.S. 1
Pigeon Key, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 800 352 5397


Day 3 - Big Pine Key


A day at the pool, then on to the ocean for training ... you'll likely get a lunch break, or be finished early afternoon. Head to No Name Key for some world-famous pizza for a surface interval you won't forget.


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No Name Pub

Location:

North Watson Boulevard
1 1/2 mile north of U.S 1
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Contact:

tel: 305 872 9115
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Day 4 - Marathon


1

Dockside Lounge

Location:

35 Sombrero Boulevard
Bayside
Marathon, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: 305 743 0000
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Day 5 - Islamorada


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Braza Lena

Location:

83413 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: 305-664-4940
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Day 6 - Marathon


Congratulations! By today you should have received your certification card. Welcome to the world of scuba.


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Hurricane Grill

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Location:

4650 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: 305 743 5755
fax: +1 305 743 5786
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Day 7 - Islamorada, Marathon, Little Torch Key


Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast at Hungry Tarpon - and order the dish of the same name! Today is about a sense of accomplishment and appreciation of the natural surrounds - you made it, you are a diver! Take in the sites before you head home, and make note of the coral reefs and Shipwreck Trek to make your NEXT trip to the Keys all about scuba diving!


1

The Hungry Tarpon

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Location:

77522 Overseas Highway
Lower Matecumbe
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 0535
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2

Sombrero Beach

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expert pick

Location:

End of Sombrero Beach Road
Mile Marker 50
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 292 4560


3

Fish Tales Market and Eatery

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Location:

11711 Oceanside Highway
MM 53
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 743 9196 / +1 888 662 4822
fax: +1 305 743 6066
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4

Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys

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Location:

Mile Marker 50.5 Bayside
5550 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 743 9100
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5

Looe Key Tiki Bar

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Location:

27340 Overseas Highway , Ramrod Key
Little Torch Key, FL 33042

Contact:

tel: 305 872-2215
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