At Florida Keys Dive Center our dives are not usually guided. Our dive boats are tied up or anchored in very close proximity to where all the interesting things are, so you will never be far away from the dive boat during your dives on the reef or wreck. Furthermore, our reef dives are typically rather shallow. If you feel you do not know where the dive boat is anymore at any point during your dive you can slowly come up and check on its position. On deeper wreck dives the dive boat will be connected with the wreck via line that you can use as a reference.
Of course, you can request one of our staff as your dive guide. All our guides are professional divers with Divemaster or Instructor rating, who will be happy to point out interesting things to see to you and make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable time. The guide fee is $50 plus tax, or $30 plus tax person starting two people or more. Special rates are available for larger groups.
Under certain circumstances a guide is is mandatory for a minimum of the first trip:
- If you have not been diving in the past 12 months, or if it is the first dive after becoming certified,
- if it is the first dive in the ocean / slat water,
- at all times if you are under 18 years of age and not accompanied by a parent/guardian for your dive.
- on dives deeper than 60 feet if you are Open Water Diver certified without deep dive experience twice in the past six months.
The rates apply to guides for recreational diving only. Please inquire for specialty guides or private guide rates.