Captain's Corner Dive Center

Captain's Corner Dive Center

Captain's Corner Dive Center
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Scuba diving for the beginners and advanced alike, featuring dives to coral reefs and WWII wrecks.
Key West, Florida
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,105 reviews
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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JESSE A R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
I completed my advanced open water with Captain's Corner. It was a great experience and the whole crew was awesome. I had to bag the 2nd dive on day 1 because I didn't feel well. Captain's Corner was so easy to accommodate an extra 2 tank dive to finish my cert and didn't even charge me additional for the extra day on the boat. They really went above and beyond to make it a great diving experience. If you're diving in the Keys make sure to check out Captain's Corner.
Written January 23, 2021
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cubusa
San Antonio, TX61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We did a two tank dive with Captain Corner Dive Center couple days ago in to the Vandervelt wreck south of Key West, our guide diver was Joe and we have a great time. The dive center operation was flawless and they are using the new COVID protocols in their operations. We have a safe trip and full of memories.
I give them 5 starts for this for their service, quality of attraction and wonderful and helpful crew.
I totally recommend this Dive Center for your dive experience in the Key West area
Written June 27, 2020
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Pilotray1
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Want to give a BIG thanks to Dive Master/Instructor Mike @CaptainsCorner Dive Shop. I received my PADI Rescue Diver Certification with them and will surely continue my dive training with this awesome team. Mike is an incredibly knowledgeable diver and instructor, always making you feel comfortable, while reinforcing the skills he is teaching. The boat crew at Captains Corner is also superb and a joy to be with. I highly recommend this exellent dive center and their highly skilled Dive Masters. Military Friendly, all around great experience. Thanks again!
Written March 15, 2020
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bartkarski
London, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
In December 2019 I did a couple of days diving with these guys.
It was a great experience.
Communication before, check-in process, the boat, the whole operation is great!
I had all my own gear, but they will have everything you need right there on the dock.
The suits, regs and BCDs, fins, etc chosen, fitted, checked, and loaded within minutes.
Plenty of lead, ORGANIZED BY WEIGHT!, in crates, safely stowed mid-deck, accessible to all, so adjusting your trim throughout the day is super easy.
I did a 4 dive day, so I added a few bits for warmth, after the first 2 dives, and additional weight had to follow.
it was so easy, that I only remembered it now, while filling out the missing details in my log book.
Very comfortable boat, with plenty of upper deck space for those who like nice views on longer rides, or prefer a bit of wind on their face.
I did Nitrox on all dives, analyzer was there for me, and the fills were accurate and marked on the tanks.
Their 2 aft ladders have flat steps, that are very comfortable when walking out of the water with the gear on, especially when diving full-foot fins, and no boots.
There are a few food options, steps away from the boat, very convenient when doing a double trip day, just ask the guys on the boat when it comes in after the morning Vandy trip.
Very relaxed, very professional, very friendly, very safe.
Highly recommend, and cannot wait to go back to KW to dive with Captain's Corner again!
Thank you Guys!
Written January 1, 2020
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Stephanie S
Florida Keys, FL98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
As a local who lives in key west, I dive with Captains Corner a few times a month. They are my favorite and so it’s about time I write a review which will hopefully help other tourists and visitors when choosing a dive shop.

The entire crew from front desk to deck hands to captains make you feel safe and at home. They are so friendly and helpful.

Their boat is great, fresh water showers, upper deck seating area with great views. They even have a fresh water hose on board to rinse your gear off. Other dive operations in Key West do not let you use the fresh water hose to rinse off your gear because they want you to use the dunk tanks back on shore.

Captains corner also is the most popular in key west, which I like as a solo diver it’s easy to pair up with someone else solo as a dive buddy. In most FL Keys and key west, you don’t automatically get a dive guide, you have to pay extra for one which is different diving in the keys compared to anywhere else. Also, because Captains corner is the more popular choice, they are more consistent with daily dive trips and less likely to cancel on you like other competitors when there’s not enough customers on board.

Overall, my favorite dive operation in key west as a local. Love this guys!!!
Written February 19, 2023
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JZjrMN
Lakeville, MN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Top notch service from the word go. From Leslie’s proactive communications regarding weather issues to everyone on the boat providing outstanding service. Captain Bradley was outstanding, choosing sites based on conditions for everyone’s safety. Dive masters and other crew (Ricky, Amanda, Joe, Mike and others) were always helpful. Requested Ricky as a guide on the Vandenberg and he guided us on 2 great dives, showing us a ton of things we wouldn’t have seen on our own. If we revisit Key West we will definitely dive with Captain’s Corner again!!
Written October 24, 2020
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Stephanie C
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Everything about this experience was fabulous... from the (multiple) phone conversations (I tend to stress), to our instructor, Mike R, and the support crew on the boats. Everyone we interacted with was professional; while serious about safety, they were all very friendly and helpful.
The equipment was in excellent condition and very well maintained. The boat was organized and well managed, and the crew did everything possible to keep everyone safe and supported on each dive.
Mike is a wonderful instructor - passionate about diving, and generous with his time and knowledge. He took the time to ensure we understood the course content and were comfortable performing each of the drills in both the pool and open water settings. He has an extensive knowledge of the dive sites and maintained a constant awareness of our abilities, comfort, concerns, etc. throughout every dive, all while maintaining a fabulous sense of humor and laid back, fun attitude.
I could not have had a more positive learning experience and am looking forward to taking more advanced courses with Captain's Corner (and hopefully Mike)!
Written February 25, 2020
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Cosette K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Me and my sister got scuba certified this week and it was so much fun! We had Mike as our instructor and he was amazing! He made the entire process super fun and it was easy to learn from him because he explained everything really well! If there was ever a point where I didn’t understand something, Mike eagerly took the time to walk me through the process again. He was super encouraging and joyful through the whole process! He always emphasized the safety aspects of scuba diving so that we were able to build good safety habits right from the start. Overall he is highly qualified and very good at his job! After only 2 days I feel well prepared and excited about going on more dives soon! I definitely recommend that everyone gets scuba certified at captains corner, and if you get a chance request Mike as your instructor!
Written August 6, 2020
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Emily B
Key West, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
After diving around the world, I have encountered few dive shops as professional, fun, and safe as Captain's Corner. I was a divemaster in-training here for several weeks with Mike Rice as my instructor/mentor. Mike's approach to diving is positive, energetic, and safety conscious. During my training, he put 100% of himself out there even when we were cramming it in for several days before the holidays. I learned an incredible amount from Mike that has nothing to do with passing a test, but is instrumental to becoming an effective dive professional. I'm thankful for his mentorship.

Leslie and Jen in the front office ensured I achieved all my requirements and helpfully pushed me out of my comfort zone early in my training. I can't speak enough to the other instructors' and Captain Bradley's guidance and attention to detail. Amanda, one of the Sea Eagle's divemasters, literally showed me the ropes and gave me opportunities to step up on the boat. Joe and John gave helpful advice (even when they were razzing me); Sage went the extra mile to get my last swim tests in (and showed me how to lift tanks w/o breaking my back); and generally everyone on the CC team was there to help me succeed and have fun in the process. Also, let's not forget the instrumental tank guy, George, who is ever ready to lend a hand or make you grin.
Written December 4, 2020
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Chris C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I did the two reef dives with a guide (mine was ward I highly recommend him, but all of the guides are great) on Monday 8/29/22 most divers on the boat had guides, and we had a few people finishing up open water courses. The crew was very professional and a blast to be around. I’ll just go by what’s important to me and how they checked all the boxes.

Safety-
•roll calls before and after each dive.
•a good safety briefing and very well equipped boat.
•guides were knowledgeable and were clearly there to keep each diver safe and provide an enjoyable experience not just to collect some money for doing a dive.
•the experience of the persons on the boat was factored into which reefs we decided to dive and where we moored the boat on said reefs.

Value-
• rental gear was in great condition (clearly well used but well taken care of) anything you could possibly need was on that boat.
• guides were fantastic in every single way they could possibly have been, answering any questions, and accommodating any concerns, and just fun people to be around.
• the boat was clean had a cooler provided for you to bring your own snacks and place in the cooler, and water provided.
•separate cleaning stations for masks and camera gear.

Diving-
•the two dive sites picked were great sites, two shallow reefs rock key, and eastern dry rocks. The captain and my guide were able to talk me through the layout of each reef and where to look and how to dive them for the best chance at seeing interesting sea life (which we did).

In summary, I would highly recommend this dive center, and I would highly recommend a guide even for experienced divers. I felt it was a safe, well valued, and fun experience and I will absolutely be back soon.

Also Jen was great to email back and forth with answering all my questions promptly and thoroughly.
Written August 30, 2022
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