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 Jun 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (BNOV OW 6/22/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Ben Novak.

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 22 Jun 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 23 Jun 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 24 Jun 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2
  • Open water dive 3,4

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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25 Jun 2018Underwater Digital PhotgraphyShow Details

Underwater Digital Photgraphy (MBal_DPHOTO 6/25/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Class - Mon 25 Jun 2018 from 17:00 to 20:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Dives - Sat 30 Jun 2018 from 14:00 to 18:00 - Dutch Springs

Classroom will be at Aquatic World Syracse - the 3 hour couse. Dive will Be Conduct at Dutch Springs, in Bethlehem, PA.

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28 Jun 2018Underwater Digital PhotgraphyShow Details

Underwater Digital Photgraphy (Bing DPHOTO 6/28/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Class - Thu 28 Jun 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Dives - Sat 30 Jun 2018 from 14:00 to 18:00 - Dutch Springs

Contact your instructor for classroom location. Class will be Thursday, Jun 28th. Dives will be Saturday, June 30th - after 2 PM.

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05 Jul 2018Rescue DiverShow Details

Rescue Diver (Syracuse RESC 7/5/2018)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Induction + lecture 1 - Thu 05 Jul 2018 from 06:00 to 18:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water - Fri 06 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 18:00 - Cape Vincent

This is a 2 day concentrated Rescue Diver Course. Divers should be ready for a rigorous curriculum and water exposure class. Students are responsible for required dive gear. A current PADI Medical Statement is required. 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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06 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 7/6/2018)

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 06 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 07 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 08 Jul 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2
  • Open water dive 3,4

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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07 Jul 2018EFR: Prim and Scnd Care (CPR & First Aid) with AEDShow Details

EFR: Prim and Scnd Care (CPR & First Aid) with AED (EFRA 7/7/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Christopher Smith.

  • Efr primary and second care - Sat 07 Jul 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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10 Jul 2018Enriched Air DiverShow Details

Enriched Air Diver (Bing EANX 7/10/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 10 Jul 2018 from 17:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area

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10 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (SED OW 7/10/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Class & pool 1 - Tue 10 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Class & pool 2 - Tue 17 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Class & pool 3 - Tue 24 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Class & pool 4 - Tue 31 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Class & pool 5 - Tue 07 Aug 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 11 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 13:00
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 12 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 13:00

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11 Jul 2018Dry Suit DiverShow Details

Dry Suit Diver (DRY 7/11/2018)
Course Instructor(s): John Braisington, John Pratt.

  • Lecture & pool - Wed 11 Jul 2018 from 18:30 to 21:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Dive 1
  • Dive 2

PVT Drysuit Training Class

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14 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (Utica OW 7/14/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 04 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 05 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 13:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 14 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Utica/Rome, New York
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 15 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 15:00 - Utica/Rome, New York

This Open Water Diver course allows students to complete the Class and Pool Session in the Utica Rome area and finish the Open Water Dives on the St. Lawerence River. 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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15 Jul 2018Discover Scuba DivingShow Details

Discover Scuba Diving (DSD 7/15/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Nina Bedworth.

  • Lecture & confined water - Sun 15 Jul 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

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18 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (PVT OW 7/18/2018)
Course Instructor(s): John Pratt.

  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Wed 18 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Thu 19 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 21 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Canada - St. Lawerence
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 22 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Review session - Fri 20 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

Closed to enrollment - Class is a Private Open Water Certification Student.

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20 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (INA OW 7/20/2018)

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 20 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 21 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 22 Jul 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Open water dive 1,2 - Sat 28 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:30 - Cape Vincent
  • Open water dive 3,4 - Sun 29 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 14:30 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

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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26 Jul 2018Advanced Openwater DiverShow Details

Advanced Openwater Diver (BING AOW 7/26/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Open water day 1 - Thu 02 Aug 2018 from 08:00 to 16:00 - Canada - St. Lawerence
  • Open water day 2 - Fri 03 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Canada - St. Lawerence
  • Classroom lecture - Thu 26 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Deep - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Navigation

Contact your instructor for the classroom location - this will be conducted in the Greater Binghamton Area - other arrangements for ourt of the Binghamton area divers may be made by contacting your instructor. All dives will take place on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River - a passport will be required. In addition, these dives will be conducted through a dive charter (ABUCS) - the student diver is responsible for their charter arrangements, payments, all their own gear (rental or their own), and air fills. Student divers are also required to have one audible and visual signalling devices. Adventure Dives will include: Deep, UW Nav, Boat, PPB, and the student diver can choose from two of the following: drift, wreck, UW Naturalist, or Multi-Level.

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27 Jul 2018Openwater DiverShow Details

Openwater Diver (JYL OW 7/27/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Jean-Yves Latour.

  • Classroom 1-5 - Fri 27 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 1, 2, 3 - Sat 28 Jul 2018 from 09:00 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Pool 4, 5 & final - Sun 29 Jul 2018 from 09:30 to 17:30 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road

The PADI Open Water Diver weekend course provides training and certification through self study, classroom, pool training and 4 open water dives. 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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27 Jul 2018Wreck DiverShow Details

Wreck Diver (SED WRCK 7/27/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Scott Edick.

  • Lecture/knowledge review - Fri 27 Jul 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 - Aquatic World - On Taft Road
  • Dive 1 - Sat 28 Jul 2018 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander
  • Dive 4 - Sun 29 Jul 2018 from 08:00 to 15:00 - Alexandria Bay - Islander

History is full of stories of sunken ships and it is these ships that have long beckoned divers to come explore them. The PADI Wreck Diver course is designed to give divers the knolwedge and experience to safely explore these sunken treasures. In this course you'll learn how to research, locate, and plan a wreck dive. We will cover equipment considerations, hazards, dive techniques, and perfrom (4) wreck dives on some of the best wrecks found in the Thousand Island region.

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31 Jul 2018Drift DiverShow Details

Drift Diver (DRIF 7/31/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Lecture 1 - Tue 31 Jul 2018 from 19:30 to 22:00 - Binghamton, New York Area
  • Dive 1 - Fri 03 Aug 2018 from 09:00 to 16:00 - Abucs, Brockville Canada
  • Dive 2

A Passport is required - the dive charter will be through ABUCS on the Candianan side of the St. Lawerence. You must contact ABUCS and pay for your charter seperately. Participants are responsible for having all required gear (including 1 audible, visual device, 75 ft reel, and DSMB). Your insturctor will contact you with more information.

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09 Aug 2018Altitude DiverShow Details

Altitude Diver (ALT 8/9/2018)
Course Instructor(s): Mike Ballas.

  • Classroom 1 - Thu 09 Aug 2018 from 10:00 to 15:00
  • Dive 1
  • Dive 2

Class will be conducted the morning before the dives. Contact your instructor for the dive location.

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