Kim has been diving for over 23 years. She is a Master Instructor, some of her favorite courses she loves to teach is sidemount, wreck, search & recovery, rescue just to name a few. She is also a IANTD & DAN Instructor. She loves wreck diving here in the Great Lakes region, and has had the opportunity to dive all of them.
Some of Kim's favorite warm water dives are Palau, Truk, Fiji and Cozumel. You can find her most days at Aquatic Adventures of MI.
Gary has been diving 18 years with his initial training taking place in the Bahamas. Over the following years he dived extensively throughout in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. He has just returned from living in Southeast Asia for 3 years where he had the opportunity to dive the Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. He recently completed a Masters Certificate in Oceanography specifically focusing on Sharks and Rays with the objective of being able to provide detailed background information on these fascinating animals to his students and fellow divers as part of PADI’s project AWARE and Support our Sharks (SOS).
He is a PADI MSDT Instructor.
David has been diving for over 14 years and has logged over 175 dives. Due to being on active duty in the United States Navy the majority of those years to present time he has been able to dive several areas around the world including Seychelles, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, California. Also logged dives at Gilboa Quarry in Ohio and lastly Lake Huron. Currently he holds certifications as an EFR Instructor, PADI Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver, Rescue Diver, Ice Diver. Deep Diver, Ice Diver, Wreck Diver, Enriched Air Diver, Multilevel Diver, Equipment Specialist, Night Diver, Boat Diver, Underwater Naturalist, Fish Identification, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver, and Underwater Digital Photography Level I and II. Future goals include continuing with Instructor Development Course and earn Open Water Scuba Instructor Certification.
Since his first dive in 2001 to now and on into the future David has and will always have a passion for the underwater world. Most memorable dive to date was wreck dive in 2008 on USS Oriskany off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Being a United States Sailor it is a rare experience to see a once great and historic warship with a long history of service to our country at the bottom of the sea serving a new purpose as an artificial reef. One thing that has always stuck in my mind as a certified PADI diver is that a good diver is always learning.
Scuba diving puts me in an out of this world like environment. It takes me away from the realities of normal life stresses.
I started diving when I was 15 years old. I stopped for many years because of school, finances and family commitments. About 15 years ago I renewed my passion for diving. Since then I progressed through different levels and work my way all the way up to a PADI open water scuba instructor rating.
Now I can not only continue to explore the underwater world but can initiate others to this experience.
AJ was talked into taking a SCUBA class by a friend back in 1999 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Coming from England (which may explain his funny accent) AJ is no stranger to cold water diving, and enjoys diving in all of its forms. Some of AJ’s favorite recent dives: the wreck of the Aeolus, Outer Banks, NC (Sand Tiger sharks), Farnsworth Bank, Catalina Island, CA (purple hydrocoral, bat rays), wreck of the Henry Chisholm, Isle Royale, MI (awesome craftsmanship on the steam engine), Sylfra, Iceland (diving between 2 continental shelves). As a way to legitimize the amount of time he spends underwater, AJ became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor and teaches for us at Aquatic Adventures of Michigan!
Certifications: PADI MSDT
Marty has been diving a little over 3 years and has logged almost 300 dives. As a Professional bass fisherman, he gave little thought about SCUBA until a friend encouraged him to get certified for a trip to Curacao, then the hook was set. After completing his Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Master Diver, he decided to go professional to share his love of diving with others.
After receiving his Dive Master certification he continued on to Assistant Instructor then to the Instructor Exam in Key Largo, Florida where he received his OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) certification.
Marty currently holds 13 recreational specialty certifications, and can teach 15 different specialties. As a PADI – IDC Staff Instructor he plans on continuing on to Master Instructor then Course Director.
His favorite places to dive are the Florida Keys, Curacao, and the Great Lakes.
Current: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, CPR/1st AID Instructor
Alan is a retired CW5 Army helicopter pilot. Alan went on his first dive in December 2012 when he did his Open Water Course while visiting his brother in Florida.
A year later he went back and did his Advanced Open Water and decided that he really liked diving, needed to do it more than once a year in Florida and started buying equipment to dive in Michigan.
In 2014 he became an EFR Instructor via the instructor crossover course. He likes diving in Roatan Honduras where he went to get his instructor rating for a month. He ended up staying for 8 months and came back with his PADI MSDT, SSI Instructor and SSI Lifeguard ratings. He is certified in 19 PADI specialties of which he is certified to teach 18, and now has 300 dives.
Kim has been diving for over 21 years. She is a Master Instructor, some of her favorite courses she loves to teach is sidemount, wreck, search & recovery, rescue just to name a few. She is also a IANTD & DAN Instructor. She loves wreck diving here in the Great Lakes region, and has had the opportunity to dive all of them.
Some of Kim's favorite warm water dives are Palau, Truk, Fiji and Cozumel. You can find her most days at Aquatic Adventures of MI.
Originally from England I learned to scuba when I was 18 but stopped after a few years as life got in the way. My wife and I immigrated to USA in 1990. I began diving again and was re-certified 2011 with my teenage son and instantly loved being back underwater.
I love everything underwater and constantly work to improve my own skills.
An avid underwater photographer and technical diver with Rebreathers. I honestly enjoy helping people master their scuba diving goals from basic to advanced to technical.
I have a fun approach to learning and will make every effort to help you master your potential.
Certifications: PADI MSDT, Poseidon Mark6/7 Rebreather Instructor.
Tom has been diving for over 20 years, and has logged over twelve hundred dives. He has dived in all of the Great Lakes plus Lake St. Claire, the St. Claire and Cooper Rivers, the Florida Keys, the Florida caves, various Caribbean locations, and exotic locations such as Hawaii, French Polynesia, Truk Lagoon, Palau, the Galapagos Islands, the Solomon Islands, and the Maldives. But he always comes back to Michigan to explore the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
In 2007, after 35 years as a mechanical engineer, Tom “retired” to work full-time at Aquatic Adventures of MI. He is the manager of the Service Department, and is a certified technician for many brands of scuba equipment. In addition he is a PSI certified tank inspector trainer, valve repair technician, and a DOT authorized cylinder requalifier (i.e., hydro tester). He is also a nitrox, trimix blender and blender instructor.
Tom is an instructor with PADI, IANTD, and DAN, and recently became an instructor for the Poseidon Mark VI/Se7en recreational rebreather.
Kenn was certified in the mid 80's, he enjoyed diving so much that he decided to go pro at the turn of the century. Kenn loves working with Kids.
Kenn makes takes pride in teaching the kids how to dive and have fun while doing it. At Christmas you will find Kenn dressed as Santa and diving in the pool with kids.
Kenn is alsoHSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) certified. He loves to help everyone no matter their disability to enjoy the sport of diving.
He is a lover of warm weather diving. Kenn loves to mentor and watch new divers develop their skills and abilities.
I've been certified since 1995 and have found SCUBA to be such an interesting and rewarding hobby and way of life! The best part has been meeting other divers. It's such a great, diverse, worldwide community. I have grown to love cold water diving, diving the shipwrecks of The Great Lakes as much as warm water reefs of the topics.
Hi, my name is Kevin. I started diving over 10 years ago when my son was younger and expressed an interest in the sport. We started off earning our certification so we could go off and enjoy diving and exploring lakes and oceans. It was something we enjoyed doing together. We quickly learned that there was so much more we do by continuing to take specialty courses.
Today I not only enjoy meeting up with other divers and exploring the lakes and oceans, but I also enjoy helping others learn about diving.
Joe has been an active diver for more than 23 years. Joe always has a passion for scuba diving and getting others to experience the adventure. He has dove in Lake Michigan, The Straights Of Mackinaw, Lake Huron and many local lake in Michigan. Through his relationships with Aquatic Adventures of Michigan, he has traveled to Cozumel, Belize, Utila, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica on many occasions. Joe shares his passion of diving with his son Nicholas and had him certified at 10 years of age traveling with AAM Friends to Belize and Utila. Joe has always taken great steps to get kids involved with scuba diving and participates in Discover Scuba Experiences with Schools, Girls & Boy Scouts, as well as family and neighborhood events. Joe has been certified in: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Navigation, Deep Diving, Night & Limited Visibility, Boat Diving, Stress and Rescue, Dry Suit, Buoyancy, EAN Nitrox, Equipment Techniques, Wreck Diving and Dive Master. Joe is also a certified tank inspector, Valve Repair Technician for Mares, Scuba Pro, and Sherwood. He is also a Certified in blending Nirtox and Trimix. Joe has been a active Dive Master working with Discover Suba Experiences, Scuba Reviews and participating in the class instruction as he works towards his Instructor certification. Joe is very patient, informative and truly loves scuba diving. If you have the opportunity to be instructed or just participate in diving with him, you will feel at ease as you gain experience and memories. Ask for him for your next experience at Aquatic Adventures of Michigan.
Always having the need to be in or around the water, I was first certified at age 16, in 1974. I can’t tell you how many masks, fins, and snorkels I went through as a young kid, always the favorite birthday or holiday gift. Books, fiction and nonfiction, about shipwrecks or underwater archaeology, TV shows and movies about diving barely satisfied my need to get wet. Scuba diving has always been my passion and a way to discover the underwater world. A tour in the US Navy took me to exotic places to explore my passion. From waters North, Georgian Bay and the Great Lakes; to the South, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea; from the East, the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic; to the West, the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific, to places in between I managed to “get wet” and discover and find out what lies beneath the surface.
I hold multiple PADI and IANTD certifications. I am qualified as Life Support Systems Service Technician and as an EANx Gas Blender. Now, as PADI member and having the Professional Dive Training with PADI as a DIVEMASTER, I look forward to sharing my dive experiences and knowledge with students and other divers
I have worked as an Electrical Engineering Manager for more than two decades recently making a move to sales within the same company.
Working as an Electrical Engineer and traveling for so many years has allowed me the opportunity to travel and dive throughout the United States and several great locations around the globe. A few of my favorites are Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Argentina, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, North Carolina, California and the Florida Keys.
I enjoy working as a PADI Divemaster because it gives me the opportunity to witness the excitement one experiences when taking their first breath underwater while participating in a DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) experience. In addition, I enjoy meeting other divers, swapping great diving stories, and learning from them to make me a better diver.
have enjoyed many hobbies in the past but Scuba diving has been one of the most rewarding. I can't wait for the next opportunity to dive with the many new friends I have met through working at the dive shop or at Meet-up events. Scuba diving provides challenges, opportunities and rewards that I have not experienced with other activities. When I am asked what Scuba diving is like, it is hard not to use words like "amazing" or "wonderful" or "fantastic" or sometimes even "spiritual".
I've come late to the Scuba diving party (after retiring from both the auto industry and the military) and I'm trying to make up for lost time. Over the past 3 years I've logged more than 70 dives and I'm currently PADI certified for: Open Water, Advanced O.W., Dry suit, Enriched Air, Sidemount, Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather (Poseidon MKVI), Oxygen Provider, Emergency First Responder, Equipment Specialist, and Gas Blender. I am PSI certified to inspect Scuba tanks and have been trained on repairing Scuba equipment. I am currently working to complete my Rescue certification and will move on to Dive Master training afterwards. I am a Diver's Alert Network (DAN) member and co-host for the Aquatic Adventures of Michigan weekly Meet-up dives.
My wife, JoAnn, does not dive, but enjoys traveling and the social aspects of diving. We are "empty nesters" and living the good life in Hartland.
Garrison has been diving since he was 15, in those six years he has made his way up to Dive Master candidate. He currently works at the shop filling tanks, blending Nitrox and walking the shop puppies.
He plans on going back to school in the fall for mechanical engineering. His favorite place to dive is the Detroit river where he works as a rescue diver for the Detroit Gold Cup Hydroplane races.
He has dove in almost exclusivly cold waters in low visability conditions and likes to clean up to lake bottoms when he can.