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About the Florida Keys Dive Center

Islamorada114The Florida Keys Dive Center "Flakeys" is a full service PADI scuba diving resort in the Florida Keys, offering daily guided scuba diving trips, scuba instruction, spearfishing and private dive charters. You can find us in Tavernier, Fl at mile marker 90 along the Overseas Highway, Just 5 minutes South of Key Largo and a short drive from Key West and the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area.

Whether you're looking for wrecks or reefs, Flakeys has your ticket. We are one of the top dive destinations in the world. People come from as nearby as Florida and as far away as Australia and New Zealand to visit our dive sites. Our dive guides are renowned wreck and reef experts who will take you on thrilling tours, illuminating the wonders of the deep.

While we know it's all about the dive, Flakeys is a comprehensive experience. Your adventure begins the minute you walk through our doors. Our friendly and experienced staff handles all the details of your trip, from making sure you have all the gear that's right for you to setting it up on the boat to spraying it down for you at the end of the day. Everything will be taken care of when you're on an Flakeys dive.  After diving with us just once, we feel confident that you’ll be ready to join the Florida Keys Dive Center family and make Flakeys your home dive shop whenever you're around. Thanks for stopping by!

Meet the Team

  • Sonja Bayer

    Sonja hails from the cool town of Doylestown Pennsylvania.  Sonja is one of our best instructors and a certified slayer in the spearfishing game.  You'll see her trusty furry companion…

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  • Jessi Goring

    Jessi moved to the Keys from the Show me state of Missouri.  As one of our top instructors you'll find her in the pool and occasionally off-gassing in the shop. …

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  • Brandon Ruffenach

    Brandon also comes from Pennsylvania, (thats 3 from that state!) A chill instructor and guide, you'll find him on the boat guiding divers and teaching shark awareness.  Bring him a…

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  • Captain Greg Lehman

    Captain Greg comes to us from Pennsylvania.  He drives all of our boats and is our head captain for private charters.  His background is in mechanics so if you don't…

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  • Captain Jason Adams

    Jason is a pure southern charmer from North Carolina.  He heads up our vessel the "Aquatic Liberty".  He's the chillest, most laid back Marine you'll ever encounter.

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  • Devon Buttenshaw

    Devon comes to us from the Garden state of New Jersey.  You'll find Devon in the pool a lot teaching our new divers.  He's a great instructor with really fun…

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  • Angeline Lawson

    Angeline moved a little south from Alabama.  Don't let her small stature fool ya, she's as tough as nails.  An amazingly patient instructor and is wonderful with the kiddos.  Nicknamed…

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  • Faith Hertz

    Faith comes from sunny California.  Shes a super bubbly instructor and is in charge of all the our social media needs.  Most of the cool insta and facebook stories are…

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  • Nathan Sterns

    Nate comes from the great state of Massachusetts.  He's an excellent instructor and helps out with our conservation programs.  He's our ocean garbage picker, so he's got that going for…

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  • Seanna Knight

    Seanna is from Maryland and is our go to liason for all our conservation programs.  She is super knowledgable in marine debris clean ups, shark aware and coral restoration.  When…

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  • Claire Stickney

    Claire was instructing in California when she decided the other coast looked fun.  Originally from Idaho, she packed away her ski's and headed south.  Just about as south as you…

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  • Alanna (Lana) Hall

    Alanna (Lana) sailed over from Arizona with her fur baby Sophia.  She's full of energy and her students love it.  If shes not guiding or instructing you'll find her scootering…

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  • Chobee, Lee, Sophia, Fin

    We are Dog friendly here.  Every day you can pretty much guarantee one of our fur babies is hanging around the shop.  So prepare, if you don't like dogs, well…

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  • Brad King

    Brad is our Head Captain here at Florida Keys Dive Center and The "Aquatic Liberty” is very thankful. His energy on the boat is incredible and you can’t help but…

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  • Ann Cathcart

    Ann is our newest Divemaster. She hails from the “State of Lovers” Virginia. You’ll find Ann behind the counter, guiding, deck handing, filing tanks, folding t-shirts, and so on. A…

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  • Melanie Miller

    Instructor Melanie comes all the way from the other side of the nation. This California gal will welcome you with an infectious smile that never seems to go away. She…

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  • Nate Fosness

    Nate is originally from Seattle and owned and operated his own dive shop in Florida. He sold it to travel the world, but some pandemic thing altered his plan. But…

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  • Charlie Dean

    Charlie is a midwest girl from Iowa. She worked in the Caymans before we found her and stole her. Super bubbly and kind, you’ll find her teaching and guiding and…

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  • Joe Nunnally

    "Scuba Joe" Every year for the past 7 years Joe drives to the Keys from Oklahoma, and stays with us for around 8 months. He has a super chill way…

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  • Matthew Johnson

    Matt comes from the great state of Missouri. You’ll find him most days running the shops operations. As manager he wears many hats, but to insure his gills don’t dry…

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  • Eric Billips

    Eric moved to the Keys from Michigan, supposedly for just a 3 month sabbatical. 15 years, and the opening up of two dive shops later, he decided that this is…

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  • Grace Billips

    Grace moved here from Michigan, when she was 19, to be an scuba-intern for the summer. That was 8 years ago. She embraced the scuba lifestyle and has worked in…

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