Florida Keys Business
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Mower shop begins dive gear repair

KEY LARGO -- Joe and Trinita Tocci didn't really expect to be in the business of scuba diving when they took over Tavernier Mower about two years ago.

But on an island with a dozen dive shops, they say there's room for a dive gear technician.

Last month, the Toccis completed the required hours of training at Brownies Marine Group in Fort Lauderdale to become certified technicians.

"The most important thing we focused on was air supply," Joe Tocci said.

The repair shop already spends much of its time servicing lawn mowers, chainsaws and generators, so dive gear repair seemed like a reasonable way to diversify during the summer.

"Two weeks before [lobster] mini-season, we start to see more dive gear, and then the procrastinators wait until the night before," said Trinita Tocci, who joked that procrastination is popular in the Keys.

For those who don't dive often, perhaps only a couple times per year, the company recommends servicing their equipment at least once a year.

"This is life and death," Joe Tocci said. "You don't want to play a game with your life."

Joe Tocci said they didn't add this new service because the mower repair business was struggling.

"This is an opportunity to provide a service to the community and keep customers from having to drive to Fort Lauderdale," he said.

Two walls inside the business will be dedicated to dive equipment. The couple said they plan to carry dive knives and other accessories soon.

For more information, call 305-852-4215.

jgore@keysnews.com

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