KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) – With lobster mini-season on the horizon, a few dive shops in the Keys are stressing safety by staging a no-cost safety program Saturday and Sunday.

Lobster mini-season, a popular time for diving, is set for July 24-25.

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“So many divers come for mini-season and they haven’t been underwater in a year or even several years,” said organizer Gary Mace. “Their gear may not be well maintained and their physical condition may not be right for what can be a strenuous activity.”

The five Upper Florida Keys dive shops, from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will host the event which features a free Professional Association of Diving Instructors scuba review refresher course, fitness-to-dive health consultation with a Divers Alert Network-certified physician, scuba equipment inspection and a boat safety check by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Islamorada.

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“We simply want to avoid tragedies and provide an opportunity to make it as safe as possible and for everyone to enjoy lobster mini-season,” said Mace.

All participants must be certified divers with a nationally recognized scuba certification agency.

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The dive shops hosting the safety programs are Atlantis Dive Center, Conch Republic Divers, Florida Keys Dive Center, Horizon Dive Center and Islamorada Dive Center.