CNY's Premier Dive Center!
Aquatic 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.
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!
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"
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.
|Start Date||Courses||Course Type||Location||Places Available|
|28 Jul 2021||MJB DEEP 7/28/2021 PVT||Binghamton Deep Diver||Binghamton, New York Area, Dutch Springs||1|
Binghamton Deep Diver
The lure of the deep. There is something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it is a wreck that attracts you below 18 meters/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course. If you have earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information. Required Gear: Mask, snorkel, fins, booties, hood and gloves, wetsuit, BCD, SPG w/computer, regulator, tank(s), weights, audible and visual signaling device, underwater light, slate with pencil, and compass.
|29 Jul 2021||PPB 7/29/2021||Binghamton Peak Performance Buoyancy||Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1||3|
Binghamton Peak Performance Buoyancy
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You have seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information. Required Gear: Mask, snorkel, fins, booties, hood and gloves, wetsuit, BCD, SPG w/computer, regulator, tank(s), weights, and an audible and visual signaling device. Dives will be completed over two days at Dutch Springs and your instructor Your Instructor will contact you with more information about your class, the locations, and dates/times.
|29 Jul 2021||MJB B-UWNat 7/29/2021||Binghmaton Underwater Naturalist||Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1||4|
Binghmaton Underwater Naturalist
Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you will see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information Required Gear: Mask, snorkel, fins, booties, hood and gloves, wetsuit, BCD, SPG w/computer, regulator, tank(s), weights, audible and visual signaling device, slate and pencil. (recommend UW Camera, but not required)
|01 Aug 2021||EANX 8/1/2021||Binghamton Enriched Air Diver||Binghamton, New York Area||6|
Binghamton Enriched Air Diver
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADIs most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then do not hesitate to become an enriched air diver. You can prepare for your next dive vacation by getting NITROX certified before your departure. This course has classroom only and does not require pool or open water diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor if you would like to do the optional dives. If you are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information. Required Gear: Classroom Only – ENX Tables (EAD and O2) and RDP or eRDPml or your computer and its Owner’s Manual Optional Dive - Mask, snorkel, fins, booties, hood and gloves, wetsuit, BCD, SPG w/computer, regulator, ENX tank(s), weights, audible and visual signaling device.
|10 Aug 2021||AL B-OW 8/10/2021||Binghamton Openwater Diver||Binghamton, New York Area, Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1||0|
Binghamton Openwater Diver
If you have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world is most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. Please take a moment to go to "http://http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionnaire and instruction if you might have a Yes answer. This is the perfect course if you are looking to complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification and live in the Binghamton, NY area. Class and pool training sessions are held in local area pools. Your check out dives are completed at the exciting Dutch Springs Dive Park near Bethlehem, PA. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information. Required Gear: Personal Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties, Hood, Gloves, and a surface signaling device. All other gear will be provided by Aquatic World.