You can still experience the joys of scuba diving in the clear blue waters of Key Largo without being a certified diver. As our most popular class, the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program draws individuals from around the world because it is fun, safe and open to individuals of all backgrounds- you just need to be able to swim!
The Discover Scuba Diving program lets you experience the thrill of diving under the direct supervision of a professional scuba instructor. You begin in the comfort of a pool where you learn basic skills and get comfortable with your equipment. That same afternoon, you complete two dives in the pristine Key Largo, where we often see turtles, rays, grouper, lobster, parrotfish, angelfish, jacks, eels, plenty of coral and occasional dolphins.
Your fun-packed day begins with meeting at 7:30 a.m. at South Beach Divers to get your rental gear together, fill out the necessary paperwork and watch an informational video. If you come into the shop the night before to complete this orientation, you don’t need to arrive at the shop until 8 a.m. After gearing up, we head to the pool, and then meet back up with the rest of the group at the shop for a short drive down to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary, where you will experience the exhilaration of your first ocean dives with a certified South Beach Divers instructor by your side, guiding you at all times.
We provide the transportation to the pool and dive sites, you just need to get here! Depending on traffic, we usually return to South Beach by 7pm.
If there is someone in your group that would like to join you but not take the Discover Scuba class, he or she can come snorkeling on the same boat that you will be on for just $75. For more information about our snorkeling excursions, click here.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30am. Other days may be available by request.
- Reservations are required.
- You must be able to swim to take this class. You will not receive a refund if you reserve a class and are unable to swim.
- The Discover Scuba Diving form must be completed. If there is a “yes” answer to any of the medical questions, you must obtain a physicians approval PRIOR to taking the class.
- The minimum age is 12.
- Those under 18 years of age need a parent’s or guardian’s approval and signature.
- We recommend you enroll for diving insurance provided at no charge by Divers Alert Network (for U.S and Canadian Residents only).
This fun-filled day costs $225.00 ($213.75 when booked online) per person and covers everything you will need for the day, including gear and transportation. Private and group rates are also available. We do not provide lunch; however, we do stop on the way down to the Keys to give everybody a chance to get food and drinks for the boat trip.
For the many individuals who get hooked on scuba diving after this incredible experience, we offer a $50 discount towards our Open Water class after taking our Discover Scuba class.
In the event that ocean conditions become unsuitable after the pool session has been conducted preventing you from being able to do the open water dives that day and you cannot reschedule, you will be refunded all but $50 to cover the cost of the pool session.