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Best Scuba Diving Shops In South Florida

June 10, 2012 1:01 PM

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Certified divers are always looking for a shop to call ‘their shop’. A friendly knowledgeable staff is a must along with the latest gear, classes, gear servicing, classes and rental equipment. It’s also helpful if the have their own dive boats. If you’re new diving, or visiting from out of town and don’t know where to go, these shops are our top picks.

South Beach Dive and Surf Center

850 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-6110
www.southbeachdivers.com

South Beach Dive and Surf is a PADI 5 Star facility located in the heart of South Beach. In business since 1995, South Beach Dive and Surf’s instructors have certified thousands of new divers in their Discover Scuba, PADI Open Water and Advanced classes. They also offer one day dive and snorkel trips to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary in addition to awesome wreck diving trips off Miami.

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Aquaknots Dive Center

140 Red Rd
Miami, FL 33144
(305) 545-9000
www.aquaknots.com

Aquaknots, a small, owner-operated shop just south of Miami International Airport, has been in business for more than 20 years. They offer a wide range of budget and elite brands including Sea Scuba, Sherwood, and Akona. Store employees and instructors speak both English and Spanish. Voted the number one dive shop in Miami by New Times for 2010.

Force E

2700 E Atlantic Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 943-3483
www.force-e.com

Scuba Diving in the Fort Lauderdale area offers some of the best diving in South Florida. There are dozens of reef sites and some incredible wreck dives for all skill levels. Force E offers a complete array of scuba instructional pPrograms and feature some of the most experienced scuba instructors in South Florida. They also have two boats which depart daily from the heart of the beach district.

Pro Dive International

801 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 776-3483
www.prodiveusa.com

Pro Dive offers daily scuba diving and snorkeling charters aboard its custom 60’ dive boat, the Pro Diver II; a complete retail dive shop featuring Aqua Lung, Aquatic Atomics, O.ME.R. and scuba training for divers of every level, from beginner to career professional. Pro Dive became the World’s First and ONLY SEA&SEA School of Underwater Photography, and offers “demo days” aboard the Pro Diver II, where divers of every level can try their hand at digital underwater photography.

Conch Republic Divers

90800 Overseas Highway #9
Tavernier, FL 33070
(305) 852-1655
www.conchrepublicdivers.com

Just a short drive from Miami, Conch Republic Divers offers trip to some of the best diving off Key Largo, from coral reefs and artificial reefs to centuries old shipwrecks. The shop is located about six feet from their boats (they wouldn’t dare allow their customers to carry tanks!). Being located in Tavernier the boats visit a number of dive sites from the southern edge of Pennekamp Park down to about Alligator Light. In addition to shallow and intermediate reefs, they also dive the major wrecks in the area, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Duane, and the Eagle.

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