Binghamton Scuba Classes Get Certified in Binghamton

Aquatic World now offers classes in Binghamton!

Mike BallasAquatic World is proud to announce that we are now offering classes for students in the Binghamton area. We receive many inquiries from this part of the state and are now expanding our services to this area. We are lucky to have an excellent Instructor, Mike Ballas, located in Binghamton. Mike is dedicated to bringing the underwater experience to new students. 

A little about Mike

 

My name is Mike Ballas and I am your Aquatic World South instructor.  By day, I am an Instructional Designer and have been facilitating and designing training programs for 30 years.  I have always been fascinated with what is under the surface of the water; whether it is the aquatic life or shipwrecks.  I wanted to know and see what was down there.  So, in 2006, I took the plunge and obtained my PADI Open Water certification.  I immediately knew that with my love for training I wanted to continue on and become a PADI Dive Instructor.  Besides, what a perfect fit – my career passion (training) and my love for diving.  Now by night (and weekends), I enjoy sharing my passion of diving with my student divers!

Qualifications

PADI MSDT and EFR Instructor

Certified to teach the following specialty courses:  Altitude, Boat, Deep, Drift, Enriched Air, Multi-Level, Night, PPB, Project Aware, and Underwater Photography

Background:  I served over 10 years in the US Navy as a Chief Machinist Mate on board nuclear fast attack submarines.  My last duty   station was in Saratoga Springs, NY teaching people how to run and maintain a nuclear power plant and steam propulsion systems.   This is when I fell in love with training.  When I got out of the service I took a job at The Raymond Corporation and relocated to   Binghamton, NY.  In July of 2006, I decided to try a lifelong interest of scuba diving.  I was immediately hooked.  Since, then I have continued my dive education and earned my instructor certification in Glens Falls, NY. 

Mike's motivation - "a different world awaits you under the sea"

Get information

To find out more you can contact Mike by clicking the link below. You can also contact Aquatic World directly. We are excited about expanding to this area and serving the needs of current and future divers.

Click here to email Mike @ bcdlearntodive@aol.com

or

Call the Shop (315) 458-1955 

 

 
 
Start DateCoursesLocation 
24 May 2017Scuba Tune-UpShow Details

Scuba Tune-Up (GGraham ST 5/24/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Glenn Graham.

  • Confined water & lecture - Wed 24 May 2017 from 13:00 to 15:00 - Aquatic World

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26 May 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (VZan OW 5/26/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Victoria Zanicky.

  • Class & pool 1 - Fri 26 May 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Sat 27 May 2017 from 10:00 to 19:00 - Aquatic World
  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 17 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 19:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 19:00 - Alexandria Bay - Bonnie Castle
  • Class & pool 3 - Sun 28 May 2017 from 10:00 to 19:00 - Aquatic World

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04 Jun 2017Discover Scuba DivingShow Details

Discover Scuba Diving (DSD 6/4/2017)

  • Lecture & confined water - Sun 04 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 14:00

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06 Jun 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Scuba to OW 6/6/2017)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Class & pool 3 - Tue 06 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Wed 07 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Thu 08 Jun 2017 from 10:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World

This is a private class not open for enrollment. Students are completing their certification from PADI Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver with referal check out dive during their vacation.

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07 Jun 2017Binghamton Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Advanced Openwater Diver (Bing AOW 6/7/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Orientation - Wed 07 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 10 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 17:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 - Dutch Springs

Day 1 - PPB, Navigation and Wreck or Night dives.....Day 2 - Deep and Multi-level dives..... Participants are responsible for having all required gear, transportation and lodging...... Upon registration your instructor will contact you to schedule your AOW Knowledge Review class location.

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07 Jun 2017Binghamton Multilevel DiverShow Details

Binghamton Multilevel Diver (MBallas MULT 6/7/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture - Wed 07 Jun 2017 from 20:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Dive 2

Particpants are responsible for having all rewuired gear, Dutch Springs Admission Passes, and air fills. Divers must bring their dive computer and it owner's manual or an ERPDml and a timing device.

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09 Jun 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (DDyer OW 6/9/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Daniel Dyer.

  • Class & pool 1 - Fri 09 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 3 - Sat 10 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World
  • Open water dive 2 - Sat 17 Jun 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 1 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

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10 Jun 2017Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (SEdick AOW 6/10/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 10 Jun 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 11 Jun 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00
  • Classroom lecture
  • Deep to 00:00
  • Navigation to 00:00
  • Peak performance
  • Night (additional cost)
  • Boat (additional cost)

"Advance your dive skill, meet new divers and discover exciting new dive sites! Over the weekend, we will be performing 5 dives, including navigation dive, peak performance buoyancy dive, night dive, deep dive and wreck dive.......Students must provide their own gear or rent gear for the dives. A primary and backup dive light will be required for the night dive (Instructor will supply cyalume sticks). The deep dive and wreck dive will be done from a boat on Sunday, (Boat fee is additional). Overnight accommodations are also the responsibility of the student. Contact Instructor Scott Edick or Aquatic World for more details!"

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12 Jun 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 6/12/2017)

  • Class & pool 1 - Mon 12 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Mon 19 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 3 - Mon 26 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Mon 03 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Mon 10 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 23 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent

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13 Jun 2017Binghamton Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Openwater Diver (OW 6/13/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Module 1 classroom - Tue 13 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Module 3 classroom - Thu 15 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Module 5 classroom - Tue 20 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Confined water 1 - Fri 16 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Vestal
  • Confined water 5 - Sat 17 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 16:30 - Vestal
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 24 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 25 Jun 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 - Dutch Springs

Upon registration your insturctor will contact you to schedule your Knowledge Review class location.

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23 Jun 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 6/23/2017)

  • Class & pool 1 - Fri 23 Jun 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Utica
  • Class & pool 2 - Utica
  • Class & pool 3 - Sat 24 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Class & pool 4 - Utica
  • Class & pool 5 - Sun 25 Jun 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Open water dive 2 - Sat 01 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 1 - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

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02 Jul 2017Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (AWeberAOW 7/2/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Alicia Weber, Gary Weber.

  • Open water day 1 - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Mon 03 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Alexandria Bay - Bonnie Castle
  • Classroom lecture - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Deep - Mon 03 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Alexandria Bay - Bonnie Castle
  • Navigation - Sun 02 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Cape Vincent

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07 Jul 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 7/7/2017)

  • Review session - Aquatic World
  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 23 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Class & pool 1 - Fri 07 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Sat 08 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 3 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Sun 09 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World

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07 Jul 2017Rome Utica Open WaterShow Details

Rome Utica Open Water (JLatour UticaOW 7/7/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Module 1 classroom - Fri 07 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Utica
  • Module 2 classroom - Utica
  • Module 3 classroom - Sat 08 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Module 4 classroom - Utica
  • Module 5 classroom - Sun 09 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 19 Aug 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 20 Aug 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

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12 Jul 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (OW 7/12/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Boces orientation - Wed 12 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 1 - Wed 19 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Wed 26 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 3 - Wed 02 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Wed 09 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Wed 16 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World
  • Open water dive day 1 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive day 2 - Cape Vincent

BOCES - enrollment CEREC1400 - BEGINNER SCUBA DIVER course..... This entry-level course provides three phases of training. You are introduced to the underwater world through academic studies, pool insturction and open water training. Upon completion, students wll receive diver certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Use of scuba diving equipment is included with BOCES enrollment......Additonal cost for Student Text and learning materials ($223 required), with personal dive gear needs discussed during orientation......Please contact Insructor Scott Edick or Aquatic World for more details. Classes are held at Aquatic World located at 114 Kreischer Road, North Syracuse, 13212.

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14 Jul 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 7/14/2017)

  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 29 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 30 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Class & pool 1 - Fri 14 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Sat 15 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Sun 16 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World

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18 Jul 2017Binghamton Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Binghamton Enriched Air Diver (Binghamton EANX 7/18/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 18 Jul 2017 from 00:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 (optional)
  • Dive 2 (optional)

Bring your Dive Computer and Owner's Manaul or ERPDml/RDP.

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19 Jul 2017Night DiverShow Details

Night Diver (Binghamton NITE 7/19/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture - Wed 19 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 (optional) - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Dive 2
  • Dive 3 - Sat 23 Sep 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Dutch Springs

This is a Binghamton Night Diving Course. Particpants are responsible for having all required gear, Dutch Springs Admission Passes, and air fills. Required equipment includes primary, backup, and tank marking light and an audible signaling device. Students who have completed dive 1 as part of their AOW will complete dive 2 and 3 on July 22nd. All others will complete dive 1/2 on July 22nd and dive 3 on September 23rd.

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20 Jul 2017Binghamton Multilevel DiverShow Details

Binghamton Multilevel Diver (MBallas MULT 7/20/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture - Thu 20 Jul 2017 from 20:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Dive 2

Particpants are responsible for having all required gear, Dutch Springs, and air fills.

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20 Jul 2017Binghamton Peak Performance BuoyancyShow Details

Binghamton Peak Performance Buoyancy (MBallas PPB 7/20/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture - Thu 20 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 - Sat 22 Jul 2017 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Dive 2

Particpants are responsible for having all required gear, Dutch Springs Admission Passes, and air fills.

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24 Jul 2017Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 7/24/2017)

  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 26 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 27 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay
  • Class & pool 1 - Mon 24 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 2 - Mon 31 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 3 - Mon 07 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 4 - Mon 14 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World
  • Class & pool 5 - Mon 21 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World

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25 Jul 2017Boat DiverShow Details

Boat Diver (MBallas BOAT 7/25/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 25 Jul 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 - Thu 27 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00
  • Dive 2

A Passport is required - the dive charter will be through ABUCS on the Candianan side of the St. Lawerence. You must contact ABUCS and pay for your charter seperately. Participants are responsible for having all required gear (including 1 audible and visual device). Your insturctor will contact you with more information.

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25 Jul 2017Drift DiverShow Details

Drift Diver (MBallas DRIF 7/25/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 25 Jul 2017 from 20:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Dive 1 - Fri 28 Jul 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00
  • Dive 2

A Passport is required - the dive charter will be through ABUCS on the Candianan side of the St. Lawerence. You must contact ABUCS and pay for your charter seperately. Participants are responsible for having all required gear (including 1 audible, visual device, 75 ft reel, and DSMB). Your insturctor will contact you with more information.

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04 Aug 2017Rome Utica Open WaterShow Details

Rome Utica Open Water (JLatour UticaOW 8/4/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Module 1 classroom - Fri 04 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Utica
  • Module 2 classroom - Utica
  • Module 3 classroom - Sat 05 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Module 4 classroom - Utica
  • Module 5 classroom - Sun 06 Aug 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 19 Aug 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 20 Aug 2017 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Review session

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23 Aug 2017Binghamton Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Openwater Diver (OW 8/23/2017)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Open water day 2 - Sun 10 Sep 2017 from 08:00 to 13:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 09 Sep 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Confined water 1 - Fri 25 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Vestal
  • Confined water 2 - Sat 26 Aug 2017 from 08:00 to 16:30 - Vestal
  • Class day 1 - Wed 23 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Class day 2 - Thu 24 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton
  • Class day 3 - Tue 29 Aug 2017 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton

8/23rd - OW Intro/KR1/KR2 8/24th - KR3/4 8/29th KR4/5 Pool Work 8/18 (6-930PM) 8/19 (8AM-430PM)

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