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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 
25 Feb 2018RDP/eRDPml RefresherShow Details

RDP/eRDPml Refresher (Taft Road RDP/eRDPml 2/25/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture - Sun 25 Feb 2018 from 12:00 to 15:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

Want to learn to use "The Dive Slate" and "The eRDPml", or not switched over to the Dive Computer and need to brush up on your dive planning. This Specialty class for you. Held at the North Syracuse, Taft Road classroom, Instructor Mike Ballas will have you wizzing though the pressure groups and surface interval calc's like a PADI Pro. Required materials and equipment are the PADI RDP Slates and an eRDPml. ----Special Note to Students-------- Early enrollment needed for this class----- enrollment may close 2 weeks prior to ensure delivery time for additional RDP & eRDPml.

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05 Mar 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Moriarty OW 3/5/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mark Moriarty, Erik Wennberg, John Vanlaningham.

  • Class & pool 1 - Mon 05 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 2 - Mon 12 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 3 - Mon 19 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 4 - Mon 26 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 5 - Mon 02 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

The first part of this Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session during the winter months and finish the Open Water Dives later. This is a good way for students to take the class, then complete the required 4 dives two ways: 1) Open Water Dives in late Spring or early Summer here is NY, 2018. 2) Through the PADI Referral program at a resort. A great way to become Certified. 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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10 Mar 2018Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Enriched Air Diver (JYvesEANX 3/10/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Lecture 1 - Sat 10 Mar 2018 from 09:00 to 13:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

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10 Mar 2018Scuba RefresherShow Details

Scuba Refresher (ST 3/10/2018)

  • Confined water & lecture - Sat 10 Mar 2018 from 14:00 to 17:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

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16 Mar 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Latour OW 3/16/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 30 Jun 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 01 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 16 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 17 Mar 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 18 Mar 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

The first part of this Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session during the winter months and finish the Open Water Dives later. This is a good way for students to take the class, then complete the required 4 dives two ways: 1) Open Water Dives in late Spring or early Summer here is NY, 2018. 2) Through the PADI Referral program at a resort. A great way to become Certified. 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 Mar 2018BOCES Openwater DiverShow Details

BOCES Openwater Diver (BOCES OW 3/28/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Boces orientation - Wed 28 Mar 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 1 - Wed 04 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 2 - Wed 11 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 3 - Wed 18 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 4 - Wed 25 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 5 - Wed 02 May 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Review session - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Open water dive day 1 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive day 2 - Cape Vincent

This course is made available through our local OCM BOCES - (CEREC1400Spri). Registration fees with BOCES are required signup through their website (www.ocmboces.org/adulted)... Purchase of PADI Student Learning Pack (Required - $233). $50 deposit for required DVD. Option to purchase Personal Dive Gear Pack through Aquatic World at a reduced cost is abailable ($232). This is an all inclusive course. Everything needed to become PADI certified is included. Use of Aquatic World Scuba Gear is included (Regulator, Computer, BC, Tanks, weights, wetsuit) - No Rental equipment need. Contact Instructor Scott for details today. tiscubaguy@gmail.com Please take a moment to go to "http://http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a Yes answer.

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06 Apr 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (AWeber OW 4/6/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Alicia Weber.

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 06 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 07 Apr 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 08 Apr 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Review session to 00:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

The first part of this Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session during the winter months and finish the Open Water Dives later. This is a good way for students to take the class, then complete the required 4 dives two ways: 1) Open Water Dives in late Spring or early Summer here is NY, 2018. 2) Through the PADI Referral program at a resort. A great way to become Certified. 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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07 Apr 2018Binghamton Discover Scuba DivingShow Details

Binghamton Discover Scuba Diving (DSD 4/7/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Classroom/pool - Sat 07 Apr 2018 from 16:30 to 19:30 - Binghamton, New York Area

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09 Apr 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Moriarty OW 4/9/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mark Moriarty, Christopher Smith.

  • Class & pool 1 - Mon 09 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 2 - Mon 16 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 3 - Mon 23 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 4 - Mon 30 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Class & pool 5 - Mon 07 May 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

The first part of this Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session during the winter months and finish the Open Water Dives later. This is a good way for students to take the class, then complete the required 4 dives two ways: 1) Open Water Dives in late Spring or early Summer here is NY, 2018. 2) Through the PADI Referral program at a resort. A great way to become Certified. 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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13 Apr 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Latour OW 4/13/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 14 Apr 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 15 Apr 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1 - Sat 21 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 2 - Sun 22 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 13 Apr 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

This Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session during late Spring and finish the Open Water Dives one of two ways: 1) Open Water Dives in the Summer here is NY, 2018. 2) Through the PADI Referral program at a PADI Dive Resort. 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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14 Apr 2018AWARE - Coral Reef ConservationShow Details

AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation (DTR 4/14/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Classroom lecture - Sat 14 Apr 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00 - Binghamton, New York Area

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01 May 2018Binghamton EFR Prim and Scnd Care with AEDShow Details

Binghamton EFR Prim and Scnd Care with AED (Bing EFRA 5/1/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Efr primary and secondary care - Tue 01 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area

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02 May 2018Binghamton Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Openwater Diver (Bing OW 5/2/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Open water day 2 - Sun 27 May 2018 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 26 May 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Confined water 1 - Sat 12 May 2018 from 07:00 to 13:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Confined water 2 - Sat 05 May 2018 from 11:00 to 13:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 1 - Wed 02 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 2 - Wed 09 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 3 - Wed 16 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Confined water 3 - Sat 19 May 2018 from 07:00 to 13:00

Contact your instructor for classroom and pool locations. Please take a moment to go to "http://http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you have a Yes answer.

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03 May 2018Rescue DiverShow Details

Rescue Diver (Bing RESC 2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Induction + lecture 1 - Thu 03 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Lecture/pool 2 - Tue 08 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Lecture/pool 3 - Thu 10 May 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Lecture/pool 4 - Sat 12 May 2018 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Open water - Sat 30 Jun 2018 from 08:00 to 17:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 01 Jul 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs

This course will be instructed in the greater Binghamton Area. Contact your instructor for classroom and pool locations. Please take a moment to go to "http://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 May 2018Discover Scuba DivingShow Details

Discover Scuba Diving (DSD 5/20/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Nina Bedworth.

  • Lecture & confined water - Sun 20 May 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Aquatic World - Just Off Taft Road

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