Today's side deal bathes beginning scuba divers in briny bliss. For $150, you get a beginner's diving course at Aquatic Adventures of Michigan (a $395 value), located in Brighton, 50 mer-minutes northwest of Detroit.
Aquatic Adventures of Michigan gives land-dwellers their sea legs with only minor aqua-surgery. In the Beginner Diver course, students will work through self-study materials on scuba diving before reviewing the information with a Professional Association of Diving Instructors–certified instructor. During the second phase of the course, students will take to the pool for a show-and-tell session on diving fundamentals. In the third and final phase, amphibi-students will go on four open-water dives, usually held at Gilboa Quarry in northwest Ohio. If completed successfully, these dives will earn students their entry-level diver certification, as well as the respect of the crusty old sea salts at the neighborhood oyster bar.
Aquatic Adventures of Michigan provides students with a scuba cylinder and a wetsuit, along with other necessary equipment, as part of the course. Students are responsible for their own mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, surface signal, cutting tool, and timing device. All participants must be at least 10 years old.
Seven Meetup.com users give Aquatic Adventures of Michigan a perfect five stars:
- The staff are friendly and really want to help you learn. I also felt like they don't hold you back. The instruction moved along at a good pace that I didn't find boring. – David Bavers
Aquatic Adventures of Michigan
Aquatic Adventures of Michigan is the joint venture of independent dive instructors Kim D. Parker and Tom Rhoad, who, after years of working with other dive shops, yearned for a place where they could stretch their fins, teach scuba their own way, and bellow sea shanties as loudly as they liked. Today, their PADI Five Star IDC facility is fast approaching its 10-year anniversary, and has grown beyond basic PADI training programs to incorporate everything from underwater digital photography to lessons in deep diving, wreck diving, and night diving. The shop's instructors are fully certified in first aid and emergency oxygen use, and provide factory-authorized service to big-name companies such as Poseidon, Genesis Scuba, and Dive Rite.
2100 Grand River Annex
Brighton, Michigan 48114Get Directions