Institute Facilities and Equipment
About the Scuba Diving Career Institute at Hall’s
The Institute at Halls is an educational facility dedicated to quality training. The training programs originated in 1978 and have been constantly refined over the years based on needs and feedback from diving employers. If you are serious about succeeding monetarily and enjoying a new full or part-time occupation in the recreational dive industry then the Career Institute at Hall’s is for you.
The Institute is headquartered in a 2,500 square-foot building shared with Hall’s 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 student accommodations.
Within 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 is convenient shore 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.
The 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 50. 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.Water 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 dives.
The 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!
Hall’s 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
Everything you would ever expect to find in a resort/retail environment of the most modern design is at Hall’s Institute; we make available Hall’s equipment that is appropriate to your program of study