Thanksgiving is usually a busy time for diving with school out. CONTRIBUTED

Florida Keys diving conditions were stellar over the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a popular time in the scuba industry with school out, and this past week was no exception.  

Our dive shops welcomed divers from all around the country taking various classes, from learning how to spearfish to educating themselves on shark awareness and coral restoration. If you follow this dive report, you know that I talk a lot about our local wrecks, dive equipment, spearfishing and numerous ocean conservation opportunities. If any of this intrigues you and you’d like to learn more, then make a note to come visit us on Sunday, Dec. 11 for our annual Sunday Scuba Market. We’ll have tents full of discounted gear, accessories and apparel.  There’ll be discounts on classes as well.  

We’ll also be doing gear maintenance tutorials and handing out information on our coral restoration, shark awareness and marine debris clean up dives. If spearfishing is something you’d like more information on than come on down and chat with me. I’ll be there doing spearfishing talks all day. Sign up for dive packages or a wreck trek and save a ton. I.CARE will be represented there as well. There’ll be a food truck for munchies and beverages for all ages.  Come hang out with us at Florida Keys Dive Center in Tavernier from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Awareness is a wonderful way to help the ocean in and out of the water. If you can’t dive down to help, try talking about what you love about the ocean with friends and family.

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