Certifications!

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Jules’ now offers Open Water and Advanced Open Water certification with your first two dives in the lagoon and a peek into our world famous Undersea Lodge! Call us for more details 305.451.2353

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases

Knowledge Development (independent study, PADI E Learning) to understand basic principles of scuba diving Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

Class and Dive Schedule
Day 1 Jules’ Lagoon: AM Session 1 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Day 1 Jules’ Lagoon: PM Dives 1 and 2 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Day 2 Jules’ Lagoon: AM Session 2 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Day 2 Ocean Dives: PM 3 and 4 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Advanced Open Water Diver eLearning:

The adventure continues with the AOW, Advanced Open Water Diver Course. The first steps beyond the Open Water Diver course, the AOW teaches divers to build on their current skill base and expand into new areas of diving with deeper dives, wrecks dives, Nitrox, better Underwater Navigation, side-mount, search & recovery, better buoyancy control, and many more. Over the two-day course divers gain valuable IN-WATER experience.  $450.00

Class and Dive Schedule
Day 1 Classroom: AM 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Day 1 Lagoon Dives: PM 1, 2 and 3 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Day 2 Ocean Dives: AM 4 and 5

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Taking your P.P.B. in Jules’ Lagoon is a unique experience. Daniel Blezio has developed an underwater course designed specifically for this PADI Specialty.

Check-out the videos and come join the fun

Sidemont Diving

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.

Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course with Mission Director/Instructor Andrew Bohl. He is the one featured in the Peak Performance Buoyance video with his Sidemount.

Academic

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to:

  1. Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  2. Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  3. Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  4. Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Equipment

You’ll want to use your own mask, fins, snorkel and exposure suit. Our PADI Instructor, Andrew Bohl will explain the sidemount equipment you’ll need, such as a BCD and harness configured for sidemount diving along with cylinders, each with a regulator and Submersible Pressure Gauge, SPG.

Course Cost:

  • $139.95 for PADI eLearning.
  • $350.00 Instruction

The Lagoon

The Lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park has something to offer the snorkeler, SCUBA diver candidate, SCUBA professional, or recreational diver!

Rainbow over Jules’ Lagoon

Rainbow over Jules’ Lagoon

Tour the tropical mangrove habitat of Key Largo Undersea Park’s Emerald Lagoon and explore the underwater world of the future. You will find a marine archaeology exhibit, the MarineLab underwater research and education habitat, and Jules’ Undersea Lodge, the first and only underwater hotel in the world.

Fish love our bubbles

Fish love our bubbles

Jules’ Undersea Lodge (formerly La Chalupa Research Lab) also served as the site of the historic 1995 sea-space link-up in which ocean pioneers Scott Carpenter and Ian Koblick spoke with astronaut Mike Gernhardt aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Both Jules’ Undersea Lodge and the MarineLab have been used in research on extended space travel.

Click on the map for a larger version.

The lagoon is sheltered but is still considered an open water dive site. It’s 30 feet deep, and has platforms and down lines for SCUBA training.  The world famous PADI organization utilizes Jules’ Lagoon and Key Largo Undersea Park for its exams.  We have witnessed hundreds of new instructors at Jules’ Lagoon.

Besides being an excellent place for learning to snorkel or dive, the Lagoon is home to Jules’ Undersea Lodge, the world’s only underwater hotel where your scuba dive to your room.

Whether you’re a SCUBA instructor looking for a place to work with your students, a diver interested in getting a unique PADI Specialty, or someone interested in discovering SCUBA diving – the Lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park is the place for you! Prices do not include sales tax.

  • Snorkel: $15 per person
  • Dives: $35 per person per day

Great shot of Andy Bohl

This is a great shot of Andy Bohl, our Vice President of Jules’ Operations, doing a full face mask dive in Jules’ Lagoon.  We get a wide variety of Technical divers visiting the lagoon to check-out new equipment and go over safety procedures before going on deeper or even more technical penetration dives.  Jules’ Lagoon is a safe environment for equipment and safety drills.

When we don’t have guest in the lodge our divers are able to dive by the windows and have a look at our bedrooms and common area.

Fish identification is a fun way to dive the lagoon as well.  We have Sea Horses, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Barracuda, Sergeant Majors, Blue Tangs and of course let’s not forget the Manatees who visit on a regular basis.  Our lagoon is open to the creatures who patrol our water ways so we can’t promise you’ll see them all but I’m sure you’ll see quite a variety when you come.

Dive instructor prepares youths for success with scuba

Daniel Blezio uses scuba diving to give local youths a path forward. Through a scholarship by Neptune Scuba Ventures, Daniel’s Key Largo-based company, the master scuba diver trainer provides vocational scuba training, equipment and leadership life skills to local kids.

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