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Learning to Scuba Dive in Key West

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Situated within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and surrounded by vast expanses of protected marine ecosystem, Key West offers some of the best scuba diving in the Continental United States. With easy access to dive sites for every ability level and taste, there is no better place than Key West when it comes to […]

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What’s It Like To Breathe Underwater?

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Scuba diving is swimming underwater with the help of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). This is typically a tank of compressed air. Breathing underwater unaided is of course impossible for humans. The oxygen content of water is too low – air has about 20 times more oxygen in it than the same volume of […]

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Key West Scuba Diving Sites – The USNS Vandenberg: A Piece of American History

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The 525-foot long General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (T-AGM-10) is one of 30 U.S. Navy General G. O. Squier-class troop transport ships built during WWII. Sunk in May of 2009 six miles SSE of Key West, the Vandenberg sits upright on a sand bottom in 145 feet of water. The Vandenberg has been rated as the […]

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3 Great Key West Dive Sites

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Key West is the absolute best overall dive site in the Continental United States. Advanced divers already know what the Florida Keys and Key West have to offer. Beginners will be amazed to come face-to-face with incredible seascapes and marine life their very first dive. The rich variety and sheer number of Key West scuba […]

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Dive Into A Key West Vacation

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Key West – Southernmost city in the Continental United States and America’s only Caribbean paradise. Subtropical weather, turquoise blue waters, white sand beaches, lush foliage, and an exotic flair all its own. Locals call it “the end of the road” partly because it is the last stop on the south end of historic US Highway […]

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Key West Scuba Diving Safety Tips

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Scuba diving is considered to be safer than many conventional sports. Although diving accidents tend to make the news, such events are statistically rare: about 2-3 fatalities per 100,000 dives. Injuries are far less frequent than they are in other popular sports. The drive to the dive center is more dangerous than the dive. But […]

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Three Great Ways To Enjoy The Reef Around Key West

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Key West Scuba Diving is world-class, with both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico readily accessible. It’s a watery wonderland that starts with a broad inshore zone of shallow patch reef, sand, and sea grass flats. This runs out to the Florida Reef lying just 6 miles to the southeast off Key West’s Atlantic […]

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7 Ways Save Air and Make the Key West Scuba Diving Fun Last Longer

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Many factors influence SCUBA air consumption and the time a sport diver can spend underwater. Some things like water temperature, currents, and other aspects of the marine environment are immutable. But there are several strategies a diver can implement to help maximize bottom time and enjoyment on every dive. Physical Condition Keeping fit with both […]

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Explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a 2,900 square-mile area of protected marine wilderness designated by Congress and President George H. Bush on November 16, 1990. It incorporates the preexisting Key Largo and Looe Key sanctuaries and was the ninth sanctuary to join the 13 sanctuaries and two marine national monuments that make up […]

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