After a turbulent month or 2 in Key Largo, we were happy to host our 11th Annual Key Largo Reunion Weekend Dive Event this weekend. It was a full house, and the weather and Dive conditions were spectacular we’re happy to say! We knew we were in luck when we woke up on Thursday to clear blue skies and a light northerly wind, perfect for scuba diving Key Largo reefs and wrecks!
For those who are not aware, we have been hosting this Key Largo Dive event for 11 years now, and it’s geared for our wonderful customers who have been diving with Sea Dwellers before…some diving with us for decades we’re happy to say! Many participants return year after year for this event, and have become not just customers, but friends of management and staff. Our staff has come to enjoy the event greatly over the years and we’re always happy to welcome back the divers we’ve come to know and love for this weekend of eating, playing, scuba diving and great camaraderie!
The Diving conditions, once again, were very good! Blue water and lots of sunshine enabled us to get some amazing diving in over the weekend. it was a “turtle weekend” for sure…can’t remember seeing this many in awhile for some reason! Also many Reef Sharks were sited each day, 3-5 foot range in size and very curious of the divers, enabling us to get a close look at these beautiful creatures!
The entire Key Largo diving weekend was wonderful! 3 days of diving including a 3-location dive trip, a Champagne Sunset Cruise, Saturday night Costume Party and lots of good times! A special thanks to everyone who was able to attend this year’s Reunion dive event, and to those who couldn’t make it this year, you were missed by all and we hope to be diving with you at next years Reunion Weekend!
– Your Sea Dwellers’ Dive Center Staff
One day, maybe you’re watching something on cable, something with people underwater, scuba diving on some beautiful reefs; or maybe it’s just something you always wanted to do and you just decide, “now’s the time”! But one day you decide to do…get Scuba Certified!
So then you call Sea Dwellers Dive Center to book your Course and begin your journey to becoming an Open Water Scuba Diver in the beautiful Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary! After weeks of waiting and completing your online academics, you’ve finally arrived! You’ve done most of the hard work ahead of time, and now to put what you’ve read to practice and take your first breaths underwater. You’ve picked the best diving the states have to offer for your first open water dives and to begin your adventures as a certified scuba diver.
The morning of your first day you arrive at the shop and get your rental gear for the next few days of diving. You meet up with one of our instructors at the pool and there, you learn to set up your gear and take your first breaths underwater. For many people, this is an exciting and new experience that causes a bit of anxiety. The anxiety will slowly fade away as you become more comfortable with the gear and begin practicing skills in the pool. You start in the shallow end to get acclimated and as the pool session continues, you make your way to the deep end to do more skills and get a feel for how the gear works.
After you complete your pool session, you have some time to grab lunch at one of our many local restaurants.
After lunch, you head over to the dock where you get ready to go out for your first ocean dives. By the time the dive boat arrives at the site, your Scuba Instructor has given you a briefing and explained what skills you’ll be doing and what wildlife you may be seeing. When we are at the site, your instructor will be awaiting your giant stride entrance into the water and your first open water scuba dive in Key Largo. Nothing is quite like the first time you put your mask in the water and see the beautiful reef ecosystem below you that is unlike any terrestrial environment you’ve seen before. The vibrant colors of both corals and fish, and the diversity of species located only 30 minutes from shore is something that looks like it belongs in the movie Avatar more than Earth. After your first dive, you and your Scuba Instructor will get ready to do your second dive of the day and explore more of the reef.
On day two, we take our dive students to do another pool session. This extra pool session is to ensure the maximum comfort and mastery of the skills required to become a certified scuba diver. After this session, you will again have a break for lunch and be joining us on the dock for the afternoon dive. By day two, the comfort levels are higher and the dives become more enjoyable. The reefs will be teeming with life and more of these dives can be spent seeing the wildlife around you. After these four dives and the completion of all the skills, you are now a certified diver! But that’s not the end of your Open Water certification journey with Sea Dwellers.
For our open water students, we include three days of scuba diving. This is 2 more open water dives than is required, and 2 more than most others offer! Our Certification Course has been very popular, and this is one reason why. The more diving you are able to do the more comfortable and proficient you become in the water. This is our Philosophy, and from the feedback we’ve gotten, most agree with it! Finally, you will be given a temporary dive certification card and you are free to dive on your own (with a buddy, of course!) sans instructor and skill demonstrations!
Lots of family fun! Come on down and join us for some Key Largo Scuba Diving!
– Divemater Natalie
We’re proud to announce this new blog…part of the “Meet the Scuba Instructor” Series, starting with Jeremy Weeks! Instructor Jeremy has been with Sea Dwellers for almost 9 years now, and has certified quite a few divers at this point! We’re happy to say that we get a lot of good feedback about Jeremy from our customers, (just check out our TripAdvisor Page)…which is good for everyone. Scuba diving is not a “natural” thing for many folks starting out, and Jeremy has a knack for making people comfortable in the water so they can enjoy diving. At Sea Dwellers we believe that “diving is fun”, and should not be a high-pressure situation, so we strive to create an easy-going, safe atmosphere for people to learn in. All of our Instructors have adopted this philosophy, and we pride ourselves on our Instruction. Being a good Dive Instructor starts with enjoying what you do, and as you will see from this interview, Jeremy loves to scuba dive!
A special thanks to our good friend and great scuba diver Tomek for creating this wonderful video! Tomek is part of the JetBlue Team, and we’re extremely proud to consider ourselves the “JetBlue Dive Center”!
You can check out Tomek, Jeremy, Sea Dwellers and some of the JetBlue staff we’ve certified here on the “Scuba Blue” website!
We hope you enjoy Jeremy’s Interview and thanks to all!
Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo
This has been a good year so far for Key Largo. We’ve seen more folks down here this year than we’ve seen in quite a few, which is encouraging! New visitors mean new divers, and this year we’ve stepped up our “Discover Scuba Course”. You don’t have to be a diving expert to explore the great deep blue sea below. All it takes is a little dedication, and an underwater adventure with the PADI Discover Scuba® Diving experience course with Sea Dwellers Dive Center.
The first step to learning how to breath underwater and of course explore everything below the water is to spend a little time in the pool, learning the basics, before heading to the shallow reef. Our Instructors here at Sea Dwellers of Key Largo help new scuba divers learn how to use scuba diving equipment, and get prepared to scuba dive on their own in the beautiful, clear waters of Key Largo, in the Florida Keys.
Although this PADI Discover Scuba® Diving course won’t provide you with actual scuba certification, it does give you a fast and easy introduction to discovering what it takes to explore underwater worlds safely and observe interesting sea dwelling animals. You will also get to explore shallow water reefs, and finally dive in Key Largo for the very first time!
One of our joys is seeing the happy faces of first-time scuba divers. And it seems that trying this sport is a “goal”, or a “life experience” for many of them. So it’s important to them, which makes it all the more rewarding for us. It’s nice to play a part in someone’s “life experience” that they will probably remember for the rest of their life! Many end up becoming scuba certified also.
It is important to understand that scuba diving is relatively different from swimming, and as such takes a little time to feel comfortable. Yet, even if you’re not great at swimming, you can still discover how easy it is to scuba dive with the PADI Discover Scuba® Diving course.
Once you realize how easy it is to “breathe underwater”, the rest is pure excitement as you discover the underwater world for the first time! Anyone interested?
Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo
Every summer, Sea Dwellers brings in help for the busy dive season. This is in the form of Divemasters, Instructors, and Divemaster Candidates. This year, we had the pleasure of working with Daire Kennedy, a young PADI Instructor from Dublin Ireland.
Daire arrived at Sea Dwellers Dive Center in the nick of time! After a slow winter and an average Spring, we were weary of a less-than-great scuba summer. But as things worked out, the weather turned hot, the wind died down, the blue water came in, and the dive season took off big time. So Daire came at the right time. And being the intelligent young man that he is, he picked our system right up and, well…worked his tail off for 2 and a half months. We all worked pretty hard, which is nice after being so unusually slow before the summer arrived.
Daire was an excellent Scuba Instructor as it turned out, and we got quite a few compliments about his work. He’s also a good guy. Now he’s heading back to Ireland to go back to school….start back to work on his degree in….Neuroscience. Yes, you heard me correctly…Neuroscience.
So we had a going-away party of sorts for Daire a few days ago. The staff all got together to say good-bye, and thanks. We all engaged in…well… in general revelry. We all relaxed, cut loose a little, and had a few. It was good fun bonding after working very hard for the summer. We discussed our Scuba Instructional techniques; reviewed our Dive Policies; talked over possible improvements; and compared class grading scales. And we had a few.
But most importantly, we said good-bye to our new friend, Daire. We wish him all the best in the future, and hope to see him again in the not-too-distant future.
Here’s a perspective on “Learning to Scuba Dive, a Beginner’s Perspective”, a video done by Boulder TV here at Sea Dwellers Dive Center in Key Largo with Rob Haff. In it, Rob talks about scuba diving for the first time and how that feels to most of us “land creatures” when we first immerse into the blue. Rob also talks about how Sea Dwellers Dive Center understands this feeling that dive beginners have, and how we work to make it a good experience.
Diving in Key Largo for the first time is, for many, a wonderful experience that most will never forget. Rob believes that for a lot of us, the “beginner’s experiences”, are some of the best experiences, as everything is new and exciting.