Reefs To Dive For
Official Blog of Key Largo Dive Center
April 1, 2020
After the Virus Lockdown
Planning your next dive trip to Key Largo
Many divers and others that I have spoken to lately are, like me, getting frustrated with sitting at home and are dreaming about getting out of the house and back to the outdoors.
While we have tentatively parked our dive boat until June 1st, we are taking reservations for dates in June and beyond.
My recommendation to those who are further than a few hours from Key Largo is to have a backup travel plan. Why, because it is going to take a few months for the airlines to gear up to a full and reliable flight schedule. Many airlines have furloughed crews or offered them paid leave for 1 to 3 months or more. Some of those who are on leave will require annual training to be able to fly again. Aircraft that have been in storage for several months will require extra maintenance to reliably be placed back in service. Professionals predict that many airlines will be much smaller than their pre-virus size so there will be fewer planes and fewer seats (and possibly higher prices) available.
So once the government flips the switch and opens the country back up to travel there will be a slight lag for airlines to gear back up to full speed. Anticipate this when making your upcoming travel plans. Maybe a nice road trip to Key Largo is the solution to this dilemma. Load up the family car and hit the road. Plan for several stops to popular tourist sites along the way. Other small business will appreciate your patronage. The rest of the family will appreciate getting out of the house and enjoying an adventure together. Even if they’re not divers, don’t let that get in the way. Schedule an Open Water Diver course for the family members who aren’t already certified. 10 years old is the minimum age to become certified and it only takes three days.
So pack up the family, load your gear, and hit the road. Remember to check if WallyWorld is open while planning your road trip. Don’t be like the Griswolds: “Sorry folks the park’s closed. The moose out front should have told you”.
Call us at (305) 451-5844 or email us at scuba@KeyLargoDiveCenter.com to reserve your dive adventure now.
Dive Safe, stay alert, keep learning and stay proficient.
Captain Larry Toigo
Key Largo Dive Center
NAUI Instructor Trainer
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer