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Best Dive Shop Miami 2014 - Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center

It's 1952. Harry Truman announces he won't seek re-election. Mr. T is born. The Brits detonate their first nuclear bomb. And in Miami, a dive master named Mike Kevorkian opens the Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center. Sixty-two years later, Truman's regime is long gone and Mr. T's career has come and gone, but Kevorkian's shop is still going strong. The granddaddy of South Florida dive shops, Tarpoon has become a landmark for everyone obsessed with plumbing the depths of coral reefs and shipwrecks. But that's not to say Tarpoon is riding on its reputation. It boasts a brilliant selection of dive gear, with products from all the trusted brands you're looking for — Cressi, Aqualung, Scubapro — plus a full Mark IV diving apparatus standing guard over the sales floor. There's also a range of PADI certification and advanced diver courses, along with the only indoor heated pool in any dive shop in Miami. And at the newer location at Miami Beach Marina in South Beach, a 46-foot dive boat floats a mere few feet away. Tarpoon Lagoon is just about as good as it gets for combining convenience, quality, and consistency.

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Mike Kevorkian was a great guy and assisted many kids as I was back in the day to become qualified scuba divers locally. He ran training programs at the Benny Babcock city Park pool in Hialeah. Training was challenging - in order to graduate one had to put on all the diving gear , go to the deep end of the pool , go to the bottom, take all the gear off, come up and then go down and put everything back on under 12 feet of water. Great times back then. Thanks to New Times for the reminder.