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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: mballas.aquaticworld@gmail.com

or

Call the Shop (315) 458-1955 

 

Binghamton Col

 

  Start Date Courses Course Type Location Places Available  
13 May 2021 LB B-ReA 5/13/2021 Binghamton ReActivate Binghamton, New York Area, Zoom Classroom 1 2

Binghamton ReActivate

Pool Session
Thu 13 May 2021
12:00 PM
03 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Zoom Classroom
Sat 15 May 2021
06:00 PM
02 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Course Instructor(s): Lisa Ballas,

Have not been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? Are you an Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver or Rescue Diver? The PADI ReActivate program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water.....Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you. You will review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional. It is quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a dive vacation.....The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a PADI replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it........... Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionnaire and instruction if you have a Yes answer. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Pro will contact you with more information...........Required Gear: Divers must supply all their own personal gear (mask, fins, snorkel, and booties) and should supply or make arrangements for all other dive gear (wetsuit, BCD, regulator, tank, and weights).

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15 May 2021 LMB B-DSD 5/15/2021 Binghamton Discover Scuba Diving Binghamton, New York Area 2

Binghamton Discover Scuba Diving

Classroom/Pool
Sat 15 May 2021
09:00 AM
02 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Course Instructor(s): Lisa Ballas,

Have you always wondered what it is like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but are not quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. Experience your first breath underwater and open up a whole new world through the PADI Discovery Scuba Diving Experience. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.......... Please take a moment to download and review the Medical statement found at "https://aquatic-world.com/en/discover-scuba", under Prerequisites for the course. And for instructions if you have a "Yes" answer. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once you are enrolled your PADI Pro will be in touch with more details...........Required Gear: Bathing suit and towel. Aquatic World will supply all dive gear.

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25 May 2021 MJB B-OW 5/25/2021 Binghamton Openwater Diver Binghamton, New York Area, Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1 1

Binghamton Openwater Diver

Module 1 classroom
Tue 25 May 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Confined Water 1
Sat 29 May 2021
08:00 AM
10 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Module 2 classroom
Tue 01 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Module 3 classroom
Thu 03 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Confined Water 2
Sat 05 Jun 2021
08:00 AM
10 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Module 4 classroom
Tue 08 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Open Water Day 1
Sat 19 Jun 2021
08:00 AM
08 hours 00 minutes
Dutch Springs
Open Water Day 2
Sun 20 Jun 2021
08:00 AM
08 hours 00 minutes
Dutch Springs
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas, Alexandra Leslie,

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.

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26 May 2021 JEP ALT 05/26/2021 Altitude Diver Aquatic World Classroom, Eaton Brook 3

Altitude Diver

Classroom 1
Wed 26 May 2021
06:30 PM
02 hours 30 minutes
Aquatic World Classroom
Dive 1
Sun 30 May 2021
11:02 AM
03 hours 58 minutes
Eaton Brook
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt,

Imagine descending below the surface of a clear mountain lake to explore a well-preserved wreck. Interested? Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 meters/1000 feet above sea level, you are altitude diving. If you are ready to discover a hidden world where few have ventured, then the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you..................... Dive site location to be determined at a later date depending on lake conditions........................ 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............... Course Cost is $175 plus student materials: RDP $37.60 or eRDPml app. $31.60 and Theoretical Depth at Altitude table with slate $10.60. Note, be sure to bring your computers Owners Manual.

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09 Jun 2021 MJB B- RDP/eRDPml 6/9/2021 RDP/eRDPml Refresher Zoom Classroom 1 8

RDP/eRDPml Refresher

Lecture
Wed 09 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

Want to learn to use the RDP Dive Slate and the eRDPml, or need to brush up on your dive planning. This non-PADI specialty class for you. Your PADI Instructor will have you whizzing though the pressure groups and surface interval calc's like a PADI Pro. Required materials and equipment are the DSAT RDP Slates and an eRDPml. Call or stop by the shop today to sign up! Once enrolled, your PADI Instructor will contact you with more information. Required Gear: RDP and eRDPml

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10 Jun 2021 MJB ALT 6/10/2021 Altitude Diver Eaton Brook, Zoom Classroom 1 4

Altitude Diver

Classroom 1
Thu 10 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
03 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Dive 1
Sun 13 Jun 2021
10:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Eaton Brook
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

Imagine descending below the surface of a clear mountain lake to explore a well-preserved wreck. Interested? Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 meters/1000 feet above sea level, you are altitude diving. If you are ready to discover a hidden world where few have ventured, then the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you..................... Dive site location to be determined at a later date depending on lake conditions........................ 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............... Course Cost is $175 plus student materials: RDP $37.60 or eRDPml app. $31.60 and Theoretical Depth at Altitude table with slate $10.60. Note, be sure to bring your computers Owners Manual.

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22 Jun 2021 MJB DEEP 6/22/2021 Binghamton Deep Diver Binghamton, New York Area, Zoom Classroom 1 3

Binghamton Deep Diver

Classroom
Tue 22 Jun 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Dives 1-2
Wed 23 Jun 2021
09:00 AM
06 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Dives 3-4
Thu 24 Jun 2021
09:00 AM
06 hours 00 minutes
Binghamton, New York Area
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

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.

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01 Jul 2021 MJB B-EANX 7/1/2021 (Hold) Binghamton Enriched Air Diver Binghamton, New York Area 6

Binghamton Enriched Air Diver

Holding for Class to Form
Fri 01 Jan 2021
06:00 PM
Binghamton, New York Area
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

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.

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22 Jul 2021 MJB DPHOTO 7/22/2021 Binghamton Underwater Digital Photgraphy Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1 4

Binghamton Underwater Digital Photgraphy

Classroom
Thu 22 Jul 2021
06:00 PM
03 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Dives
Sat 24 Jul 2021
08:00 AM
08 hours 00 minutes
Dutch Springs
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course. Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the 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, digital underwater camera and computer (w/cables) to download and view your images.

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27 Jul 2021 MJB B-AOW 7/27/2021 Binghamton Advanced Openwater Diver Dutch Springs, Zoom Classroom 1 2

Binghamton Advanced Openwater Diver

Knowledge Reviews
Tue 27 Jul 2021
06:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
Zoom Classroom 1
Open Water Day 1
Sat 31 Jul 2021
07:45 AM
09 hours 15 minutes
Dutch Springs
Open Water Day 2
Sun 01 Aug 2021
07:45 AM
07 hours 15 minutes
Dutch Springs
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas,

You are 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: Buoyancy, Navigation, Multi-Level, Deep Dive and a Wreck Dive. Talk to your instructor about other options for your Adventure Dives. Dives will be completed over two days at Dutch Springs and your instructor will contact you with more information about your class, the locations, and dates/times. Please take a moment to go to "http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionnaire and instruction if you have a "Yes" answer.

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