Great Family Adventures: Open Water Scuba Certification in the Florida Keys

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Courtesy of Hawks Cay Island Resort

HIGHLIGHTS: Planning to vacation in the Florida Keys? Why not get the family scuba-certified while you’re there? Hawks Cay Resort runs an extensive open-water certification program that can be completed in four onsite days—it consists of pool sessions, lectures and tests, and two boat trips that take you to America’s only living coral barrier reef to see shipwrecks, turtles, and hordes of brightly-colored fish. Hawks Cay Resort runs other programs via which you can swim with dolphins, fish the Atlantic, learn to kiteboard, and partake in all manner of water sports.

OUTFITTER: Hawks Cay Resort is an AAA four-diamond property with PADI- and NAUI-licensed diving instructors.

ITINERARY: Stays in and around Duck Key, Florida.

DATES: Ongoing; book anytime.

PRICE: $525 per person, including guidance, study materials, boat trips, and gear—but not lodging.

INFO:, (877) 652-2270.

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