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Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Beginner diving at the jetties with Emerald Coast Scuba

Ages: 8-12 13 plus
Price: $$
Duration: Half-Day

The crystal-clear waters of Destin-Fort Walton Beach are perfect for diving, but where do you start? Emerald Coast Scuba makes it easy for newbies to dive right in with their Discover Scuba program!

This 3-hour beginner diving adventure is for kids 10+ and lets you explore a whole new underwater world in the shallow jetties. Your experienced instructor will teach you basic skills, go over safety procedures and supply your family with all the equipment you need to take your first open water dive. (Bonus: this dive counts toward your PADI certification, which is pretty cool.)

Getting started is easy:

Step 1: Call Emerald Coast Scuba at 850-837-0955 to sign up for the Discover Scuba program.
Step 2: Take a 15-minute online course at home.
Step 3: Head out to the jetties with a PADI professional for your first shallow water dive.

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Find the expert that’s right for you

Emerald Coast Scuba

Offering diving and snorkeling for all skill-levels. Ages 10+ can learn basic skills with a shallow water dive. Younger kids can go snorkeling in the Destin Jetty!


ScubaTech offers diving programs for ages 10+! Their half day program teaches you basic skills before heading out for an shallow open water dive.

Shark Quest Dive Shop & Charters

Offers a “try SCUBA” diving package designed to introduce you to breathing underwater. A portion of the fee will be applied to your dive certification.

Taz’s Excursions

A veteran-owned company, Taz's Excursions offers fishing trips, diving charters, spearfishing or even relaxing sunset cruises with dinner at AJ's on the Bayou.

Where to Stay

Jetty East

Offering up-to 4 bedroom condos and uniquely located at the jetty. Perfect for snorkeling and exploring the clear jetty waters.

Brooks and Shorey Resorts

Brooks & Shorey vacation rentals on Okaloosa Island offer everything from studios, 3-bedroom condos to penthouses.

Emerald Grande

Enjoy breathtaking views and impeccable comfort at The Emerald Grande. Relax with a full-service spa and dine at the delicious Grande Vista Bar & Grill.

Food + Drink

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House

An open air, family-style seafood house located directly on HarborWalk’s boardwalk. The whole family will enjoy watching the charter boats return back to the dock.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

Bring your catch and have it prepared for you with hook and cook at Brotulas! Locally owned, they offer fresh flavors and great views of Destin Harbor.

Dewey Destin’s

Affectionately known as Dewey's, Dewey Destin's Bayside is a local favorite with fresh seafood and casual dock dining. Kids still in wet swimsuits? Go here!
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