Institute is headquartered in a 2,500 square-foot building
shared with Hallís Diving Center. This facility was custom
done for the Institute. The building houses classrooms,
administrative offices, a rental department and a full
retail store. Close-by is a freshwater pool, our 40-foot
custom dive charter boat, restaurants, cocktail lounge,
resort motel rooms, boat dockage, stores and available
walking distance or a short car ride are fast-food restaurants,
grocery, hardware, convenience, drug, office and school
supply, auto repair, variety chain, shopping centers,
and clothing stores. Normally, you can find just about
anything you need within a reasonable distance. Also within
close proximity are convenient shore and pool diving for
practice and diving on your days off. The best diving,
however, is on the reefs, offshore wrecks and sites accessible
from our vessel.
are motel rooms, efficiency apartments, condominium and
can make special arrangements through the Institute to stay
in the student dormitory with other students or for private
accommodations. Costs start at approximately $25 a night
for the dorm and can go as high as $250 a night for a luxury
condominium. Off campus housing is also available. Upon
request, the administrator will send you a current area
newspaper or refer you to the Internet for listings of apartments
and houses for rent.
Institute is in Marathon in the heart of the Florida Keys.
The Keys are a chain of coral rock islands on the southern
tip of Florida. They are strung southwest from Miami to
Key West. The Overseas Highway (US 1) connects each Key
(island). Highway mile markers begin at zero in Key West
and go up as you travel toward Miami. The Institute is
at mile marker 48. The Keys are roughly 120 miles long.
The Keys have two barrier reefs. The most distant is four
to five miles offshore. Inside reefs are two to three
miles offshore. The reef is primarily large coral mounds
from four to 20 feet tall. Artificial reefs made of wrecks
(sunken vessels) are in both shallow and deep water. Almost
all Atlantic tropical species of marine life are abundant.
visibility usually ranges between 30 and 50 feet, although
some days it is more than 100 feet. Water temperature
hovers between 80 and 88 degrees in summer and 70 to 75
degrees in winter. Generally, winter is full wetsuit weather.
In summer, a shortie or wet suit top is fine for long
Institute utilizes a number of resources for instructional
equipment. From their forty foot custom dive boat to an
extensive library, projectors, video and digital cameras,
computers and even a SUBMARINE!
Diving Center sets the stage for the REAL hands-on training
experienced here at the Institute. There are REAL cash
registers to ring, customers to service, repair department,
phone systems, computers, display areas and equipment,
compressors, and Nitrox membrane blending system, ticketing
machines, and numerous other equipment to use as part
of your training
you would ever expect to find in a resort/retail environment
of the most modern design is at Hallís Institute; we make
available Hallís equipment that is appropriate to your
program of study