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 
22 Jul 2019Dry Suit DiverShow Details

Dry Suit Diver (JEP DRY 7/22/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Dives 1 & 2 - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 09:00 to 18:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Lecture & pool - Mon 03 Jun 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Lecture & pool - Mon 22 Jul 2019 from 07:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

Come join Instructor John Pratt in Dutch Spring, PA., to complete your certification. Drysuits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months?especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you?re equipped to scuba dive some of the world?s incredible dive sites in the world?s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months. 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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23 Jul 2019Binghmaton Underwater NaturalistShow Details

Binghmaton Underwater Naturalist (UWNat 7/23/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Classroom - Tue 23 Jul 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Dives 1 and 2 - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 08:00 to 17:00 - Dutch Springs

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24 Jul 2019Binghamton Multilevel DiverShow Details

Binghamton Multilevel Diver (MJB_MULT 7/24/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Lecture - Wed 24 Jul 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Dive 1 - Sun 28 Jul 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs

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24 Jul 2019Binghamton Peak Performance BuoyancyShow Details

Binghamton Peak Performance Buoyancy (MJB_PPB 7/24/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Lecture - Wed 24 Jul 2019 from 17:00 to 20:00
  • Dive 1 - Sun 28 Jul 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00

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25 Jul 2019Binghamton Underwater Digital PhotgraphyShow Details

Binghamton Underwater Digital Photgraphy (MJB_DPHOTO 7/25/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Classroom - Thu 25 Jul 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Dives - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 08:00 to 17:00 - Dutch Springs

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27 Jul 2019Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (Dutch AOW 7/27/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt, Michael Ballas.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 09:00 to 22:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 28 Jul 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Dutch Springs

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27 Jul 2019Full Face Mask DiverShow Details

Full Face Mask Diver (JEP FFIM 7/27/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Ffim owdives - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 15:00 to 18:00 - Cape Vincent

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27 Jul 2019Scuba RefresherShow Details

Scuba Refresher (SRef 7/27/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Brian Parkhurst.

  • Confined water & lecture - Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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28 Jul 2019Equipment SpecialtyShow Details

Equipment Specialty (EQUI 7/28/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Bedworth, Michael Komarnicki.

  • Lecture 1 - Fri 28 Jun 2019 from 12:00 to 00:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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28 Jul 2019Scuba RefresherShow Details

Scuba Refresher (JYL SRef 7/28/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Confined water & lecture - Sun 28 Jul 2019 from 00:00 to 00:00 - Utica/Rome, New York

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30 Jul 2019Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (JYL AOW 7/30/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 03 Aug 2019 from 08:30 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 04 Aug 2019 from 08:30 to 13:00 - Alexandria Bay
  • Classroom lecture - Tue 30 Jul 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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30 Jul 2019Binghamton Openwater DiverShow Details

Binghamton Openwater Diver (B-OW 7/30/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Michael Ballas.

  • Open water day 2 - Sun 25 Aug 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Dutch Springs
  • Confined water 1 - Sat 03 Aug 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Confined water 2 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 1 - Tue 30 Jul 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 2 - Thu 01 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 3 - Tue 06 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Class day 4 - Thu 08 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 22:00

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. A more personalized schedule with Instructor Mike Ballas is provided when you sign up for this class. Please take a moment to go to "http://http://aquatic-world.com/page/open_water_diver" for the medical questionaire and instruction if you might have a Yes answer.

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02 Aug 2019Deep DiverShow Details

Deep Diver (SED DEEP 8/2/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Lecture 1 - Fri 02 Aug 2019 from 00:00 to 00:00
  • Lecture 2
  • Dive 1 (optional)
  • Dive 2
  • Dive 3
  • Dive 4

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06 Aug 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JEP OW 8/6/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Review session - Tue 06 Aug 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2 - Tue 13 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 00:00
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Wed 14 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 00:00

Private class - CLOSED to open enrollment

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08 Aug 2019Dry Suit DiverShow Details

Dry Suit Diver (SED DRY 8/8/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Lecture & pool - Thu 08 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Dives 1 & 2 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay

Drysuits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months?especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you?re equipped to scuba dive some of the world?s incredible dive sites in the world?s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months. 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 Aug 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (OW 8/9/2019)

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 17 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 18 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 10 Aug 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 11 Aug 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 09 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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12 Aug 2019Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Enriched Air Diver (KL EANX 8/12/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Kurt Lavin.

  • Lecture 1 - Mon 12 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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15 Aug 2019Rescue DiverShow Details

Rescue Diver (JEP RESC 8/15/2019)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Lecture & pool - Thu 15 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water day 1 - Sat 24 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 25 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Cape Vincent

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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16 Aug 2019Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (SED AOW 8/16/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Open water day 1 - Sat 17 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 21:00 - Alexandria Bay
  • Open water day 2 - Sun 18 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay
  • Classroom lecture - Fri 16 Aug 2019 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

Dive the cool, clear water of the Thousand Islands while you gain experience in naigation, buoyance control, deep and wreck diving. We also do a night dive and charter a boat for our deep and 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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17 Aug 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JYL OW 8/17/2019)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 07 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 08 Sep 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 17 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Utica/Rome, New York
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 18 Aug 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Utica/Rome, New York

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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13 Sep 2019Openwater DiverShow Details

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

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sun 06 Oct 2019 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 29 Sep 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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