Choose from Three Options
- $15 for a three-hour Discover Scuba course (a $90 value)
- $99 for phases one and two of a beginners’ open-water course (a $199 value)
- $75 for an advanced open-water course (a $245 value)
Discover Scuba courses allow first-timers to take test dives in pool-like conditions under the safe supervision of PADI professionals. Open-water courses teach fundamental diving skills to beginners and divers ready for advanced sessions.
Whichever option is chosen, most of the bulkier gear is provided by the dive center. However, each open-water-course student is expected to have his or her own mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, boots, surface signal, cutting tool, hood, and timing device. Students must also provide their own transportation to and from dive sites, dive-site admission fees, tank fills, and any overnight accommodations necessary when visiting the training dive sites necessary for certification.
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.
On top of offering certified instruction in everything from open-water diving to sea-serpent domestication, the crew supplies fellow divers with quality scuba, snorkeling, and swimming equipment. They also plan exotic expeditions to the Caribbean and tropical Pacific for warm-water dives, and divers looking to stick closer to home can inquire about day trips or weekend getaways to locales such as the Great Lakes or Whitefish Point.