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Frequently Asked Scuba Diving Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Question 1A: What is your cancellation policy?
  2. Question 1B: Will I get sea sick?
  3. Question 2: Do I need to be certified?
  4. Question 3: Are there sharks, sting rays, or barracudas on the reef?
  5. Question 4: How old do you need to be to dive?
  6. Question 5: Can I bring a spear gun or spearfish?
  7. Question 6: What do I need to bring on the boat?
  8. Question 7: What about tipping the crew?
  9. Question 8: Does the boat have a bathroom?
  10. Question 9: Weather conditions and rain storms
  11. Question 10: How many people go on the boat?
  12. Question 11: Jellyfish?
  13. Question 12: Are we going to the Statue of Christ?
  14. Question 13: I haven't been diving in a few years. Can I still go?
  15. Question 14: I'm a single diver, without a buddy. Can I still go?
  16. Question 15: Do you have full equipment rental available?




What is your cancellation policy?

Please remember that if you make a booking and do not show, or cancel, those are seats we cannot re-sell. We are holding those spaces, just for you, so if you do have to cancel, or change your reservation, please inform us, at least 24 hours in advance, by calling the store at 305-451-1177 or emailing us. When you reserve, you will be asked to provide us with a credit card number to hold your space. Should you not inform Keys Diver of a cancellation, we will have to charge your card for those spaces.

Answer 1: Will I get sea sick?

If you are asking this, then you may be prone to motion sickness. You may wish to consider Bonnine or Triptone before you go out on the water. It has been suggested that one take the pill the night before your trip to get it started working in your system. Then take another one the day of the trip. Read the package instructions to be sure. We also have candied ginger on board. At the first sign of an upset, ask the Divemaster for some of the ginger. It is a medical fact that ginger can settle the stomach.

Answer 2: Do I need to be certified?

Yes. In order to Scuba Dive, you do have to have passed both a written and Open Water diving course. Keys Diver does offer both PADI and NAUI certification courses. If you are not certified, you have the option of snorkeling (no course needed, but you must be able to swim), or, you may take a Discover Scuba, one day course. Click on the 'Learn to Dive' link for more info on this.

Answer 3: Are there sharks, sting rays, or barracudas on the reef?

Yes, there are no fences in the ocean. All the aquatic life is free to come and go as they please. Just remember you DO NOT look like a food source to the fish. We are far larger then what they normally eat. We as humans make too much noise. If you do see any of those things, most of the time you will be one of the luckiest people on the reef. The sharks that call our waters home are nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and feed at night. Seeing one mostly means you have disturbed their nap and they are just going to find a nice quiet place to finish their nap. In over 25 years of doing snorkel tour operation, no one has ever been eaten or attached while snorkeling, by sharks.

Answer 4: How old do you need to be to dive?

You can learn to dive at age 10. you will just be a Junior Diver until you turn 15.

Answer 5: Can I bring a spear gun or spearfish?

No you cannot. While you are with us, you will be either in John Pennekamp State Park or Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary waters. These waters are protected, meaning they are no take, no kill areas of the reef. There is no spear fishing in Key Largo waters at all.

Answer 6: What do I need to bring on the boat?

Sunscreen, swimsuit and towel. There is drinking water on the boat for free, soft drinks and snacks for sale ($1). You are more than welcome to bring anything else you might think you need, but we ask; NO coolers, no glass, no alcohol, we provide a large cooler with ice. Please feel free to use ours. We also ask that you do not use spray on sun tan lotion. This gets all over the railings and decks on the boat making them extremely slippery.

Answer 7: What about tipping the crew?

Our crew work very hard to make sure your trip is ot only enjoyable, but safe. They are Divemasters or Instructors and highly trained at rescues at sea. They make sure that your equipment is working and sanitized. They are there to answer your questions about our reefs and Island. We think they're the best!! A tip is to show your gratitude and appreciation, and, gratefully accepted by the crew. Please look after them as you deem apppropriate.

Answer 8: Does the boat have a bathroom?

There is a “Marine Head” on the boat (bathroom), and the Captain will give you instructions on how to use and not use it in the briefing on the boat .

Answer 9: Weather conditions and rain storms

During the windy seasons of the year we will let you know if there are any special conditions you need to worry about. If it is raining we still go snorkeling. If we expect thunder and lightning we will cancel the trip. Remember we are taking you 5 or so miles into the ocean and the weather here on the island does not always mean the same conditions on the water. We would do nothing to endanger your life and will always keep you informed as to conditions.

Answer 10: How many people go on the boat?

Keys Diver II is Coast Guard Certified to hold 25 people and can take a mix of snorkelers and divers. This does not mean that the boat is always full. It depends on the time of the year, or the holiday season.

Answer 11: Jellyfish?

If we are aware of the Jellyfish or Man-O-War, we will let you know. Again ,we truly want you to enjoy your time with us on the water, so part of our job is to make sure you are aware of any conditions that are out there.

Answer 12: Are we going to the Statue of Christ?

Our Snorkel boat makes daily trips, weather permitting, to the Christ Statue. The dive boat often does trips to the Statue as well. Check our Calendar or call the shop to book a dive trip to the Statue.

Answer 13: I haven't been diving in a few years. Can I still go?

We strongly urge you to take a refresher course if it has been more than two years since your last dive. you will spend the morning in the pool, going over all your equipment and skills, then you will be on the reef that afternoon, diving again, and confident in your skills.

Answer 14: I'm a single diver, without a buddy. Can I still go?

Yes, but you will have to hire a guide. This is a firm Keys Diver Policy. Nobody should dive alone. Reasons are obvious there. We do not pair single divers up with other divers on the boat for two reasons. Those other divers are on their vacation too, and may not want to be forced to dive with someone else. Secondly, we don't want anybody's dive ruined. If we put you with bad divers, which may force an early termination of everyone's dive, you wouldn't be too happy. Likewise, they wouldn't be thrilled if you ruined their dive. So, it's a firm safety rule, that all divers have a buddy. We know you understand.

Answer 15: Do you have full equipment rental available?

Yes, we have everything you will need, should you not have your own equipment. Nitrox must be ordered in advance. we also suggest you let the shop know at the time of bookink, if you will be needing equipment, just to make sure we have it on hand.