Common Questions


 We have compiled the following questions that divers regularly ask us. We hope that these will answer any questions you may have. If not, just get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you with any other questions you might have.

What time do the boats leave and when do I have to be at the shop? 

Our boats leave the dock at 8:30 AM and at 1:00 PM. Our boats are located at mile marker 106 at 51 Garden Cove Dr. at the fork on the right side of US 1 North Highway, please don’t be late as there are no refunds for missed dive trips. You should plan on being at the shop at least 30 minutes before the departure time.​

What is a mile marker? 

In the Keys, addresses are described by the mile markers, A mile marker indicates how far the location is from Key West, in our case we are located at mile marker 106 or 106  miles from Key West.Can we bring food on board? Yes, our boats are equipped with large coolers with ice so feel free to bring any food or drinks you want on board however please no glass containers on board, and remember we do not permit smoking on board.​

What should we bring on the boat? 

We recommend the following things, most importantly all of your dive gear! Mask, snorkel, fins, regulator with alternate air source, dive computer, or dive tables if you are not diving with a computer and a dive watch, BCD, and your save a dive kit. You may also want to bring a towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and perhaps a light rain coat just in case.​

Should I do anything with my equipment before the dive trip?

The most important thing to do is make sure your equipment is ready to dive. If you have not had your regulator serviced within the last 12 months, you should have your local dive center check it for proper performance. You can send your equipment to us prior to your dive trip and we can perform an annual service and have it ready to dive when you arrive. Also, look over all of your straps on your mask and fins, check them for wear and replace them if they look weak. Look at your wetsuit and check for tears and rusty zippers. You want to catch any problems before the dive trip so you can relax and have a fun vacation.​

What is the water temperature? 

The water temp varies from a high of 87 degrees in the summer to a low of about 72 degrees in the winter. We do rent wet suits if you don’t want to bring yours.​

Do you allow hunting? 

We only allow lobstering when the season is open if you have a lobster license and a gauge in your possession while on board and it is a Lobster dive specially booked for hunting lobster.. You will be required to bring your license and a picture ID on the boat if you wish to gather lobster.

Will I be charged if I don’t show up for a reserved trip?

Yes, because we limit the number of divers allowed on our boats, without a 48 hour cancellation you will be charged for any missed dive trips. We frequently turn away divers without reservations so please plan accordingly.​

Can I solo dive? 

No, our insurance coverage prohibits solo diving unless you hold a Solo dive card and carry all of the redundant gear.  If you do not have a buddy we will try to buddy you up on the boat. In rare instances when it is not possible to buddy you up a dive guide can be hired to dive with you.​

Does a dive master lead the dive?

No we allow our divers to explore the reef so they may see as much life as possible, we will give you a site briefing before each dive so you will know where to go. If you desire a guide can be hired to show you around the dive site or if your navigation skills are a bit rusty. You can also take a Navigation Specialty course, during this course you will be taught different navigation techniques so you can enjoy your dives and be confident that you will be able to return to the boat at the end of your dive.​

How much does a guide cost?

The charge for a guide is $ 50.00 per diver $25 for additional divers up to 4 per dive group..What kind of dives do you offer? We describe our dives as “reef, ledge, and wreck” dives. Typically our reef dives are shallow dives at a depth of 20 to 30 feet. Our ledge dives usually start at 40 feet and can be as deep as 60 or 80 or even 90 feet. Our wreck dives generally start at 70 feet and can be as deep as 135 feet.​

Can I dive all the dives you offer? 

That depends on your certification level and the date of your last dive. Our insurance coverage requires that all open water divers that have not done a ocean dive within the last 12 months hire a dive guide for their first dive. Also on any of our dives that are deeper than 60 feet you must meet the following….Show logged proof of a minimum of two dives greater than 60 feet within the last six months or be a advanced open water diver or above and dove within the last 6 months. If not a dive guide will be required for the first deep dive.​

Do you rent gear? 

Yes, we rent everything you need to dive. We rent AquaLung BCD’s, regulators, Suunto Zoop computers, masks, snorkels, fins, and wetsuits.​

Do I need to show a C-card?

Yes, without proof that you are a certified diver we can not allow you to dive with our facility. Also be sure to bring your logbook showing experience and time of your last dive.​

Will I get seasick? 

Well, we have seen a lot of divers who say “I never get seasick” those are usually the first to start feeding the fish! If you think you might get seasick we recommend taking a seasick medication. We have also found that it is a good idea to take a pill right before you go to bed the night before the dive and then another prior to boarding the boat. It also helps to watch what you eat the morning of the dive. Stay away from a greasy breakfast and watch out for coffee and OJ. Remember there are no refunds for seasickness so plan accordingly.

Do you have gear storage?

Yes we do offer free overnight gear storage at our shop while you are diving with us.​

Can un-certified divers go on the boat? 

Yes we charge $ 35.00 for a rider or “bubble watcher” to go along on the dive trip. They can also snorkel for $ 45.00 including mask,fins and snorkel if they wish.​

Can we dive both AM and PM dive trips? 

You are more than welcome to dive as much as you like as long as you stay within no decompression limits. Also most divers find that a single two tank dive trip is plenty for one day. However we do have many hard core divers that dive, dive, dive!​

Do you set up our gear? 

No we like our divers to be able to show us that they are capable and confident divers. One way we see this is when divers set up their gear on the boat and show that they are familiar with their gear. Of course we will be happy to answer any questions you may have when you are setting up your gear.​

What about tipping? 

This is the one we hear all the time. Tipping is not required, however our crew will do their very best to insure that you have a safe and fun dive trip and they appreciate any and all tips. We feel that we are the best in the business at what we do and we want to know if you are unhappy with any of our services. If you enjoy diving with us please tell your dive buddies about us.​If you are unhappy with any of our services, please let us know.If you are happy a good review on Trip Adviser is greatly appreciated.

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