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Meet our Crew

    The Dive Station was founded by Navy Veteran Keith Mattson in 1986. We are Veteran owned and operated with a staff that consist of mostly prior military, police and fireman. One of the biggest benefits of diving with The Dive Station is that we have an onsite Pool to conduct all our confined water training. We are a 5 Star PADI Career Development Center that certifies divers from beginner as well as all professional level Instructors. Our Technical Dive Training is like non-other with several different rebreathers to chose from as well as all levels of open circuit technical diving. We service tanks and any equipment that we are authorized to sell we can get you into the water with fills and scrubbers for any level diver, pick your mix Air, Nitrox to Trimix.  

• Certified as a PADI IDC since 1986
• More than 250 IDCs
• More than 3,500 student trained
• Certified as a PADI Career Development Center since 1995
• Approved for Veterans Dive Training
• Our founder,  Keith Mattson, logged more than 13,000 dives

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Florida Diving Institute

Florida Diving Institute is a reputable instructor training facility. We are rated as a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center. Our school is approved for veterans training.  Rest assured you'll be ready for that final exam.  At the Florida Diving Institute, we give you the confidence to bring to the next level.  

You can enter an IDC through a Career Development Center as a PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor with 60 logged dives and have been certified for six months.  It’s the "post-graduate” training that gives you the edge in the dive instructor marketplace, though, and Florida Diving Institute offers a full spectrum of instructor courses. 

New instructors seeking jobs in one of the top of the line resorts or live aboard boats can choose one or more of the three part Dive Center Operations Courses. These courses, offered exclusively at the Florida Diving Institute, will provide the training owners of dive operations and resorts look for when they are hiring instructors. Each segment of Dive Center Operations is nine days long and focuses on different aspects of working in a dive center, such as boat operations, equipment repair, compressor maintenance, retail training and coral reef ecology. The Florida diving Institute also offers training for students and instructors interested in expanding their knowledge of technical diving.

Keith Mattson, founder

Keith’s dive instructor credentials started with PADI Course Director and extended through an impressive range of instructor trainer qualifications, to include Technical Nitrox, Advanced Deep Air, Advanced Wreck, Trimix, and Rebreather. Keith owned the Florida Diving Institute for 25 years and was the principal dive instructor.

“I have been in the business of training instructors for 35 years and I have conducted over 225 IDC’s in the past 35 years. If you are looking for an experienced course director, come to the Florida Diving Institute. You will depart with a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be carried with you forever. Some of my students are now PADI Course Directors and they use the same techniques that I have developed over the years of my teaching career. I look forward to having the opportunity of including you among my increasing number of successful CDC candidates and remember: The dream starts here at the Florida Diving Institute.”

Our founder, Keith A. Mattson, PADI Course Director #15561 established The Dive Station in 1986.  More than 3,500 students have been trained under his guidance, from open water to instructor.  Keith taught over 225 Instructor Development courses and logged over 13,000 recreational and technical dives.  The first PADI Enriched Air Instructor and first Emergency Response Instructor courses were conducted right here at The Dive Station.  It was 1995 when The Dive Station became the first ever certified PADI Career Development Center.