Eric Billips

Eric Billips is is the owner, captain and instructor at Islamorada Dive Center and Floridia Keys Dive Center. He specializes in scuba, rebreather, spearfishing and captaining in the Florida Keys

DIVE REPORT: DIVEHEART HELPS ADAPTIVE DIVERS EXPERIENCE THE WATER

Conditions were, once again, fantastic. We have been very fortunate these past few weeks with calm winds and waters. This makes for stunning visibility, pleasant diving and happy customers.  The calm, clear waters were perfect for our week with Diveheart. Diveheart is an amazing, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization focused on getting...

DIVE REPORT: DIVING INTO HISTORY & RESTORING OUR ECOSYSTEMS

Conditions this past week were great. We definitely have our Keys summertime conditions starting. That means low wind, low current and great viz. We hosted an awesome organization with us throughout the week. “Diving With a Purpose” (DWP) is an American non-profit organization focused on locating and documenting shipwrecks. They...

DIVE REPORT: SUMMER SEAS & KIDS CAMP COMING UP

This Week’s Dive Report Conditions this past week were great. We had low winds, and visibility was pretty good. We ran our usual courses and trips out to local reefs and wrecks, which do not disappoint. Do you have a favorite dive spot to visit? Being in the scuba diving...

DIVE REPORT: CORAL SHORES’ MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM PROVIDES EXPLORATION

This Week’s Dive Report Conditions were a little confused this past week. We had a nice day for diving, a windy day and then the rains came through last weekend.  With the weather opening up this week, we were able to get our local Coral Shores High School marine science students...

DIVE REPORT: SHARK AWARENESS DIVES PROTECT THIS PREDATOR

This Week’s Dive Report This past week, conditions were mixed. During the week, we had very high winds that kept the boats at dock. If you recall, winds – more than rain – are what determine how safe it is to be on the water. In fact, it’s actually a...

DIVE REPORT: WRECK TREKS SHOWCASE KEYS SHIPWRECKS

We had decent conditions this past week up through the weekend. Unfortunately, the gusts came through after that, and sustained high winds made dives more challenging. While conditions held up, we were able to complete a three-wreck trip out to the Duane, the Eagle and the yellow submarine barge.  In...

DIVE REPORT: TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION ABOUT OCEAN CONSERVATION

Conditions this past week were fantastic. We had the perfect trifecta for fabulous dive conditions: low winds, low current and great visibility. You can expect more of this heading into the summer months and dive season.  We took advantage of the nice weather and beautiful conditions to get the next...

DIVE REPORT: UP CLOSE WITH TINY CRITTERS

Conditions this past week were very nice. We finally got the wind to lay down, which made for some great diving.  When conditions are nice, we like to look for critters while diving. I am generally a “big animal” diver; I love to see big sharks, turtles and rays. But,...

DIVE REPORT: SUCCESSFUL REEL & STEEL TOURNEY RAISES MONEY FOR KIDS CAMP

Conditions have been improving lately. The winds have died down slightly and visibility is back. For us, that means dive days. Have you gotten out on the water? On Sunday, we participated in the third annual Jeff Leonia Reel & Steel Classic. It’s a fishing and spearfishing tournament that raises...

DIVE REPORT: HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE OUT TO PLAY

Conditions were okay. The insane winds came down enough to start running trips again. Still, all that energy from the winds and waves takes awhile to calm down. So, even though we could run, there were still decent waves, and the visibility was still a little off.  Maybe hammerhead sharks...

DIVE REPORT: ROUGH SEAS PROVIDE A CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE KEYS BY LAND

Conditions this past week were a little "sporty." That pesky wind seems to be hanging in there and keeping us from being on the water 24/7. We still did manage to get out and, coincidentally, also sold a bunch of motion sickness medicine. Ha! The shallow reefs were "mucked up"...

DIVE REPORT: HEALTHY CORALS = HEALTHY KEYS

Thank goodness things began to die down this week. The winds weren’t bad, but it did take a bit to get our stellar visibility back. Winds can often create currents and churn, which can stir up the bottom and make the water look “milky.” We had the good luck to...