Professional Association of Diving Instructors

 

Dive & Glide welcomed PADI and SCUBA Instructor, Chad Blower, to the shop in 2016, and is pleased to be your only local full service PADI Training Facility.

For more information about a specific PADI course, click on the course name or scroll down.

If you are interested in a course you do not see listed here, please call us at our Bay City (989-892-5771) or Midland (989-486-3627) shop for information.

PADI Snorkeler

 

Welcome to the wonders of the underwater world!  The PADI Snorkeler course is an entry-level program designed to educate snorkelers on the skills and knowledge to safely observe underwater attractions from or near the surface of the water.  Maximum depth during training is 15 feet (5 meters).

If you are interested in learning how to use basic snorkeling equipment or increase your comfort in the water while exploring, this course is for you.  During the 2-hour pool session, our PADI SCUBA instructor will teach you all you need to know to effectively and safely move across the water and submerge yourself for a better view.  

You will learn about safety and problem management for apnea training, the function, use and care of snorkeling equipment, and proper techniques to comfortably explore on the surface and in shallow water zones.


Everyone ages 6 and up  is welcome to participate.

PADI Skin Diver


Don't stay on the surface...learn to breath-hold dive for a better view!  Enhance your snorkeling skills with this 2-hour course, followed by a trip to the lake for 2 dives.  Fun for the whole family, whether you are an accomplished swimmer or someone who has never spent time in the water.  Upon successful completion you will receive your Skin Diver certification card.


This certification course is for everyone ages 8 and up.

PADI Discover SCUBA

 

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater?  If you want to try SCUBA diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover SCUBA Diving is for you.  

We offer this program either in a pool or from a beach.  While not a SCUBA certification course, Discover SCUBA Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
 

  • Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.

  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.

  • Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.

  • Have fun swimming around and exploring.

  • Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Individuals ages 10+ may participate. 

 
 
 

PADI SCUBA OWD (Open Water Diver)

 

We are the only local scuba shop that caters to your schedule.  We are able to offer pool sessions 24/7.  If you don't see a class on our calendar that fits your needs, call us so we can create a class for you.

If you’ve 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’s 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.
 

The Process:


Academics   PADI's Online Training program is designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you.  You can complete the academics online or at Dive & Glide in the classroom.


Equipment   In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.  The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.


Pool Training   When you're fitted with your scuba equipment you can begin your pool training.  Your PADI instructor will help you put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to open water.

Your PADI OWD course fee covers all class sessions, pool sessions, instructor fees, pool fees and use of a full set of SCUBA gear (excluding personal gear = mask, snorkel, fins, and boots).  Course fee does not include academic training materials and/or eLearning online;  these are available in various formats.  Inquire for details.

To obtain your PADI OWD certification and begin diving our underwater world, enroll in PADI Open Water Certification with this course.  Or, complete your certification on your next warm-water trip by requesting Universal Referral Papers at the completion of your class and pool skills.

Individuals ages 10+ and up may participate.   (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)

We Offer:

2-Day+Open Water
 

 3-Day+Open Water
 

&
 

4-Day & Done

SCUBA Certification

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PADI Open Water Certification

 

A continuation of our PADI OWD (Open Water Diver) Course, this course is required to complete your SCUBA diver certification and obtain your PADI OWD certification card.  You will perform 4 dives in 2 days at a local lake.  Complete all the skills you learned in the pool at the lake to demonstrate to your PADI SCUBA instructor you are ready to embark on your own adventures.

 

Your open water certification fees covers your open water checkout dives, instructor fees, use of a full set of SCUBA gear (excluding person gear = mask, snorkel, fins, boots), and your PADI registration and certification card.

Everyone ages 10 and up is welcome to participate following the completion of a PADI OWD (Open Water Diver) course.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)

​​​​​​​​PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

 

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences ...

That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it. It is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.  The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives.  There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.
 
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.  The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
 
The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.


You may even be able to get college credit for the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

Your course fee covers classroom sessions, pool sessions, SCUBA gear for pool sessions, instructor fees, use of tanks and weights, open water dives and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fee does not include academic training materials and/or eLearning online;  these are available in various formats.  Inquire for details.  Course fees do not cover SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 10 and up with an OWD Certification is encouraged to enroll.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)

 
 

PADI Rescue Diver

 

SCUBA divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken.  Why?  Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.  During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature.  Plus, the course isn't just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques.  Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond.  During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills.  Topics include:

            •           Self rescue
            •           Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
            •           Emergency management and equipment
            •           Rescuing panicked divers
            •           Rescuing unresponsive divers

Your course fee covers classroom sessions, academic training materials (eLearning online available at additional cost), pool sessions, instructor fees, pool fees, use of tanks and weights, open water dives and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

 

Everyone ages 12 and up with a PADI OWD Certification, that has also completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive, is encouraged to enroll.  You need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months, or complete this training during the Rescue Diver course to obtain your PADI Rescue Diver certification. 

​PADI Master SCUBA Diver Rating (Course Fee:  Is based on specialty training you choose;  call 892-5771 for pricing.)

 

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the dive life as a PADI Master SCUBA Diver!  The Master SCUBA Diver rating places you in an elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and SCUBA training.  Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this rating.  

When you flash your Master SCUBA  Diver card, people know you’ve spent time underwater in a variety of environments and had your share of dive adventures.
 
Every diver, who is at least 12 years old, should aim for Master SCUBA Diver.  The path starts with earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification, followed by PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certifications). You also need to earn five PADI Specialty Diver certifications and have logged a minimum of 50 dives.
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For more information on how to complete your PADI Master SCUBA Diver Rating, call or visit Dive & Glide.  Our PADI Instructor, Chad Blower, would be happy to assist you.

Your course fee is calculated based on the amount of previous training you have completed, and the specialty dives you choose, and covers classroom sessions, academic training materials, pool sessions, instructor fees, pool fees, use of tanks and weights and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 12 and up is encouraged to enroll.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 12-14.)

 
 

PADI Deep Diver

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while SCUBA diving.  Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 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 130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

What Will you Learn?


Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

·         Specialized deep diving equipment.

·         Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.

·         Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

 

Your course fee covers classroom sessions, pool sessions, instructor fees, open water dives, use of tanks and weights and your NAUI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials or SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 15 and up with a SCUBA Diver or Advanced  SCUBA Diver Certification is encouraged to enroll.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)

​PADI Night Diver

 

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring.  Although you’ve been SCUBA diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.  The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge.  If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

SCUBA diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day.  During three night dives, you’ll practice:

·         Light handling and communication techniques.

·         Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.

·         Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials or SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 12 and up with a SCUBA Diver or Advanced  SCUBA Diver Certification is encouraged to enroll.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.) 

​​PADI Search & Recovery Diver

 

It happens:  People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while SCUBA diving.  If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.  There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success.  And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items.  Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four SCUBA dives you’ll practice:

 

·         Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.

·         Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.

·         Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.

·         Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

Your course fee covers classroom sessions, instructor fees, open water dives, use of tanks and weights and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials or SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 10 and up with an Advanced SCUBA Diver certification is encouraged to enroll.  (Junior certification is allowed for ages 10-14.)

​PADI Wreck Diver

 

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for SCUBA divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past.   Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life.  Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed.  The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance.  Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks.  During four dives you’ll learn:
 

·         Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.

·         Surveying and mapping a wreck.

·         Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.

·         Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Your course fee covers classroom sessions, instructor fees, open water dives, use of tanks and weights and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials or SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 18 and up with an Advanced SCUBA Diver certification is encouraged to enroll.

​PADI Drysuit Diver

 

Want to stay warm?  Want to extend your SCUBA diving season?  Then dive dry!

A drysuit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.  There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.


The first thing you’ll discover is which drysuit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your drysuit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:
 

·         Putting on and taking off your drysuit with minimal assistance.

·         Mastering buoyancy control using your drysuit.

·         Dive safety procedures when using a drysuit.

 

Your course fee covers classroom session, instructor fees, open water dives, use of SCUBA gear and drysuit, tanks and weights and your PADI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials .

Everyone ages 10 and up with an OWD certification is encouraged to enroll.

​PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

 

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled SCUBA divers.  You’ve 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.

During two SCUBA dives, you’ll learn how to:

 

·         Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.

·         Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.

·         Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.

·         Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

Your course fee covers classroom session, instructor fees, open water dives, use of tanks and weights and your NAUI registration and certification card.

Course fees do not cover academic training materials or SCUBA gear for open water dives.  Students are expected to use their own gear, or may rent gear at half price.  Charter operator fees for boat diving and wreck diving are also not included.

Everyone ages 10 and up with an OWD certification is encouraged to enroll.

PADI Divemaster

 

Love SCUBA diving?  Want to share it with others on a whole new level?  Take the PADI Divemaster Course and do what you love to do as a career.  SCUBA divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others.  As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, you also get to experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster Course is your first level of professional training.  Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you will fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems.  You'll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI divemaster, you will lead others as you supervise SCUBA diving activities and assist with diver training.  Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you  PADI Divemasters are respected dive professional who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world - PADI.

The PADI Divemaster Course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities.  Through knowledge development sessions, water skills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you will develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of SCUBA diving activities.  Topics and practical workshops include:

·         The role and character of a PADI Divemaster.

·         Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers.

·         Diver safety and risk management.

·         Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills.

·         Business of diving and your career.

·         Awareness of the dive equipment.

·         Dive setup and management.

·         Mapping and open water site.

·         Conducting dive briefings.

·         Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive.

·         Conducting a SCUBA review and skin diver course.

·         Assisting with Discover SCUBA Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs.

Everyone ages 18 and up is encouraged to enroll.  All students must have their own SCUBA gear,  PADI Rescue Diver certification, Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months, and have logged at least 40 dives to begin the course.  A medical statement signed by your physician within the last 12 months is also required to begin the course.

 

Students must have a total of 60 logged dives to earn the Divemaster certification.

​​​​​​PADI Refresher / SCUBA Tune-Up 

 

If you're a certified diver and have not been diving for more than a year, update your skills with a Refresher Course. Our SCUBA Instructor will guide you through skills in the pool, and will invite you to one class session, if there is a need to review diving theory and dive tables.

Your course fee covers classroom session, instructor fees, open water dives and use of tanks and weights.

Course fees do not cover use of SCUBA gear.  There is an additional charge for the use of diving gear.  And, if participants need a replacement or updated certification card, a registration/card fee also applies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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