With all of the extraordinary coral reefs and marine life around us, it’s no surprise that South Florida is one of the country’s top destinations for scuba diving. Whether you’re interested in diving in the lagoons along Florida’s Treasure Coast or exploring one of the artificial shipwrecks off of Miami, there’s plenty to see underwater here in South Florida. To get you set up for open water diving, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite scuba diving certification shops along the South Florida coastline:
Located in Downtown Jensen Beach, Kirk’s Dive & Surf is a family-owned and operated surf and skate shop. Kirk’s has flexible open water programs that will get you certified for open water diving from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Plus, Kirk’s has a dive club for scuba diving enthusiasts and diving gear available for purchase.
The Jupiter Dive Center is all about getting you into the water so you can see the world-class coral reefs off of Jupiter Beach. Jupiter Dive Center has PADI certification classes available daily, as well as monthly scuba diving events. The Florida Reef in Jupiter is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible experience!
Down on Florida’s Gold Coast, there are hundreds of scuba diving sites you can visit along the Southeast Florida Reef Tract. Luckily, the South Florida Diving Headquarters hosts diving opportunities at many of these sites! The Headquarters also provides training classes from beginning PADI certification all the way to advanced diving and rescue training.
In the heart of Coconut Grove, Grove Scuba has been providing the Miami area with fun scuba diving lessons and exciting diving excursions since 2006. Grove Scuba is the only PADI 5-star instructor center in Miami, so you’ll have the best instructors available. They also host daily dive trips off of Miami Beach and Key Largo, which are excellent training grounds for beginners. South Florida is one of the best places for scuba diving and other water sports year-round.
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