Florida Keys, Tavernier Dive Shops Merge Operations

The canal on Old Highway, MM 90.5, has long been home to both the Big Dipper and Little Dipper — Florida Keys Dive Center’s boats — as well as Shadow, Tavernier Dive Center’s boat.Their close proximity has allowed the operators of the two dive shops to work together and build a lasting business and personal relationship, according to general manager and course director for Florida Keys Dive Center, Jason Schwenke.Now divers will be able to find the two shops’ individual services under one roof, with the announcement this week that the businesses have merged.

Visit Florida Keys Dive Center's Website for the details [Click Here].

The Best Diving
North America's only living coral reef system is found in the Florida Keys. Just a short run from our docks we steer a northeast course towards Molasses Reef at the southern end of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Then steering southwest, we arrive at the wrecks of the USCG Duane and Bibb, the pristine reefs of Pillar Coral, Pickles and Mushroom. Continuing our southward course, we arrive at the beautiful ledges of Conch, Crocker and Margaret's and the colorful reefs of Davis and Hens & Chickens and southeast again off Islamorada to the incredible wreck of the Eagle and Alligator reef. This expansive, colorful environment, filled with some of the most prolific marine life, is truly the destination of choice of many divers and snorkelers from around the world.
The Best Service
Tavernier Dive Center strives to provide the best services to our customers. We have expanded our dive center to provide a better customer service area. Our parking and rental gear areas are easily accessible to our boats, making loading and unloading gear convenient. After your dive, our fresh water showers on the dock are a refreshing end to a great day of diving. We also offer overnight customer gear storage so that our divers do not have to store wet equipment in their cars or hotel rooms.
The Best Equipment
Tavernier Dive Center sells and rents state of the art dive equipment. All of our rental regulators and buoyancy compensators are top quality Scubapro equipment. Our rental wet suits are the latest from Scubapro. We rent 3000psi/80cf aluminum tanks and for the smaller diver, 3300psi/70cf tanks.. We perform state of the art Visual Plus(tm) inspections (VIPs) and provide air fills for standard and din valves. We also rent and fill Nitrox tanks.
The Best Accommodations

Our service does not stop there. Tavernier Dive Center can handle your reservations with a variety of accommodations. We offer First Class Condominiums for families and groups with one and two bedrooms and one and two bathrooms respectively. Or perhaps you prefer a cozy, Bayfront Resort, also catering to families and groups with studios and one and two bedroom apartments. And of course, we offer a very clean, Keys-Style divers motel with standards and efficiencies at reasonable prices. All of the accommodations we described is within a short distance from our store and boats.


The Most Professional Staff

Our staff at Tavernier Dive Center believes diving and learning to dive should be an enjoyable experience. Our professional staff/educators can help you realize this.

As staff, we are at your service to ensure that you have a safe and fun encounter with our world underwater. All of our dives are set up according to diver request along with recommendations from our boat captains and divemasters. Our combined years of experience diving this area gives us the ability to choose optimum dive conditions among our many reefs and wrecks. This explains why so many divers keep coming back to Tavernier Dive Center for their favorite dive vacations.

As educators, we teach courses from Open Water to Divemaster. Our courses are presented on a private or semi private basis, tailored to the most unique vacation schedules. With Open Water and Advanced Open Water instruction, our goal is to create a competent, knowledgeable diver. With our more advanced instruction, such as rescue and divemaster, our goal is to enhance a diver's abilities and skills and assist in gaining valuable new experiences.

Tavernier Dive Center is also a NITROX / TRIMIX instruction facility, teaching the latest in alternate breathing gas for recreational and Technical divers.


The Best Boat

The 40' "Shadow" was custom-built for Tavernier Dive Center. "Shadow" is fully appointed to comfortably accommodate 24 divers to any number of our fantastic dive sites on our 2 tank half-day trips and our 1 tank night trips.

We pride ourselves on vessel cleanliness and smoke-free operation. Call 1-305-852-4599 or toll free 1-800-433-8946.