Binghamton Scuba Classes Get Certified in Binghamton

Aquatic World now offers classes in Binghamton!

Mike BallasAquatic World is proud to offer 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. 

We use local pool facilities in the Binghamton, NY area for confined water skill training and Dutch Springs Dive Park for open water checkout dives. Unfortunately there is an additonal cost for these. We try to hold class with 3 to 6 students to lower the cost for all and can provide you an exact quote when you contact the shop or Mike. 

All Aquatic World Dive Students receive the Base price for the Instructional with Personal Gear Package.

 

 

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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 
23 Aug 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JYLOW 8/23/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 23 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 25 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 07 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 08 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

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24 Aug 2019Drift DiverShow Details

Drift Diver (JP DRIF 8/24/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Dive 1 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 14:00 to 16:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Dive 2 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 16:00 to 18:00

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24 Aug 2019Rescue DiverShow Details

Rescue Diver (RESC 8/24/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 25 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Induction + lectur - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

Rescue Diver Certification is a 2 day adventure. Learning not only what to do in a dive emergency. But understanding your own level of dive safety and capabilities. This is one of the most rewarding certification a Diver can achieve. Current "Emergency First Responder" certification is a prerequisite for this course. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a "Yes" answer.

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28 Aug 2019Oswego Openwater DiverShow Details

Oswego Openwater Diver (OSOW 8/28/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Oswego orientation - Wed 28 Aug 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 1 - Wed 04 Sep 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 2 - Wed 11 Sep 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 3 - Wed 18 Sep 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 4 - Wed 25 Sep 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 5 - Wed 02 Oct 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Pool/class 6 - Wed 09 Oct 2019 from 18:30 to 22:00 - Suny Oswego
  • Open water dive day 1 - Mon 16 Apr 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive day 2 - Mon 16 Apr 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Make up class

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03 Sep 2019Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Enriched Air Diver (EANX 9/3/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 03 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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09 Sep 2019Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Enriched Air Diver (EANX 9/9/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Mark Moriarty.

  • Lecture 1 - Mon 09 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

Diving with Oxygen Enriched air allows you to extend your bottom time. This course can be given in a 4 hour class and does not require pool or open water diving. You can prepare for your next dive or dive vacation by getting NITROX certified. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up!

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13 Sep 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JYL OW 9/13/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 05 Oct 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 06 Oct 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 13 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 14 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 15 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Make up class

The PADI Open Water Diver weekend course provides training and certification through self study, classroom, pool training and 4 open water dives. Certification can be completed in as little as 2 weekends. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a "Yes" answer.

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17 Sep 2019Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (JYL AOW 9/17/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 21 Sep 2019 from 08:30 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 from 08:30 to 13:00 - Alexandria Bay
  • Classroom lecture - Tue 17 Sep 2019 from 19:30 to 20:30

You're a certified Open Water diver and you want to expand your skills and knowledge for diving in different conditions - the PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver certification is your next step. After personal preparation you will complete dives over two days with your instructor: Bouyancy, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Deep Dive and a Wreck Dive... An orientation via conferenc call will be done prior to the dives that are completed over a two day weekend in the 1000 island area. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a "Yes" answer.

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20 Sep 2019Wreck DiverShow Details

Wreck Diver (SED WRCK 9/20/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Lecture/knowledge review - Fri 20 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00
  • Dive 1 - Sat 21 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00
  • Dive 3 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00

Learn to explore the wonders of the Ship Wreck's below. Advance your skills and expand your adventures. We charter a boat for our wreck dives. Charter fee is $80. Students need to porovide own gear. Rental Kits available from Aquatic World. Space is limited, sign up today. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instructions if you have a Yes answer.

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24 Sep 2019Binghamton Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Advanced Openwater Diver (MJB_AOW 9/24/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Orientation - Tue 24 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 28 Sep 2019 from 08:00 to 17:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 29 Sep 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs

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27 Sep 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JYL OW 9/27/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 05 Oct 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 06 Oct 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 27 Sep 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 28 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 29 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Make up class

The PADI Open Water Diver weekend course provides training and certification through self study, classroom, pool training and 4 open water dives. Certification can be completed in as little as 2 weekends. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a "Yes" answer.

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09 Nov 2019EFR: Prim and Scnd Care (CPR & First Aid) with AEDShow Details

EFR: Prim and Scnd Care (CPR & First Aid) with AED (Utica EFR 11/9/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Efr primary and second care - Sat 09 Nov 2019 from 09:00 to 13:00 - Utica/Rome, New York

The ability to provide CPR first aid assistance is a skill that has application in all area of our lives. To continue in your PADI scuba education towards professional levels this skill is a required. With this course you will be certified as an Emergency First Responder for the EFR organization. This is a class only session of about 4 hours. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up.

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16 Nov 2019Binghamton Coral Reef ConservationShow Details

Binghamton Coral Reef Conservation (DTR 11/16/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Classroom - Sat 16 Nov 2019 from 12:00 to 15:00 - Binghamton, New York Area

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16 Nov 2019Binghamton Project AwareShow Details

Binghamton Project Aware (PA 11/16/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Lecture - Sat 16 Nov 2019 from 09:00 to 12:00 - Binghamton, New York Area

Learn more about our Aquatic World and the efforts to save it. This is a great course anytime of the year, but because no dives are required - what a great way to stay mentally intune with diving over those cold winter months.

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