Kim has been diving for over 27 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor and an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer. She's looking forward to becoming a PADI Course Director. 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 Instructor. She loves wreck diving here in the Great Lakes region, and has had the opportunity to dive some of them. Her favorite wreck to dive on is the Dunderberg
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. For more information on Kim, please follow me on my Facebook Page.
Tom is a PADI MSDT and an EFR Instructor, he also is a PSI/PCI Tank Inspector Trainer. Tom is the Service Technician Manager and our Hydro-Tester. You can find him in the Technician area of Aquatic Adventures of MI.
Ariel was born on April 10, 2020, she is a Great Pyrenees mixed. She usually hangs out at the front counter area or her bed in the store's office. Ariel likes to meet people, and get her ears scratched. Come by and see Duke & her.
Duke is our dog-cat, he loves to meet peeps when they come in to Aquatic Adventures. Duke is 10 years old and can be found most of the time lying in the sun.
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Kim has been diving for over 21 years. She is a PADI 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.
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.
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.
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 Instructor 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.
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.
I have been interested in all things related to water since getting my first mask as a young kid, seeking opportunities that bring me close to water including working as a lifeguard, serving as a camp counselor on the waterfront, as well as snorkeling wherever and whenever I could. I began my diving career through a Discover Scuba class in 2012, while vacationing in Grand Cayman. I was surprised to be the worst student in the class. After that first dive, I became addicted to scuba diving enjoying opportunities to dive throughout Michigan and the Caribbean including Dominican Republic, Jamaica (Montego Bay & Ocho Rios), Cozumel, Riviera Maya, and others. I have had many memorial dives, but the Cenote dive at Taj Mahal in Chetumal, Mexico blew me away with the breathtaking stalagmite/stalactite formations, amazing light patterns, haloclines, and bat filled ballrooms. It felt like diving through a National Geographic special. I have continued to become a PADI Divemaster to share the joys and sense of accomplishment that comes with diving and to continue to learn from other divers.
My dive career began as a 1 credit hour gym class in college, back in 2000. I will never forget that first breath underwater, sitting at the bottom of the shallow end of a swimming pool. I knew right away that scuba diving was for me! That first year, I earned both my Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications, followed by Rescue Diver in 2001.
I began working on my Divemaster in 2002, deciding to move slowly, and enjoy the journey. I wanted to take my time and learn to do everything properly and effortlessly. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and I was no longer moving slowly, but at a standstill.
In 2019, my daughter turned 10. After we got her certified (you can never have too many dive buddies!), I decided it was time for me to pick up on my education.
I am currently working on my Master scuba diver rating, in addition to becoming a Divemaster. Out of the water, I also enjoy camping and helping the kids with Scouts. I am happily married with 2 children – the second of which will begin diving in 2021!
James Hogan, jr.
My diving adventure began in 2017 when I took the PADI Open Water course in the warm and colorful waters of the Caribbean. From there I continued by taking the Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver Courses. I enjoyed it so much that I started signing up for specialties to include Underwater Photography, Wreck Diver, Enriched Air & Equipment Specialist. Upon coming home to Michigan I have found interest in diving the Great Lakes. This led me to getting Dry Suit Diver certified as well allowing me to dive water temps only in the 40s much more comfortably. Having all of those specialties along with a number of dives and experience has allowed me to earn my Master Scuba Diver Rating which is only accomplished by less than 2% of all certified divers. I am currently working on my Great Lakes Master Scuba Diver rating which will come from diving in all five of the Great Lakes along with required classroom curriculum.
Enjoying diving as much as I do has motivated me to become a PADI Dive Master. This will give me the opportunity to not only share my love of the sport with others who want to learn but will also keep me learning and moving forward with my own skills. It’s a challenge for me that I am excited to complete!
Outside of diving, I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two amazing children. I enjoy coaching their activities and playing an active role in their lives. I look forward to the time when they are old enough for me to pass on my love of diving to them as well.
Master SCUBA Diver
Operations Ninja & Instructor Apprentice
Brian has been diving for nearly 20 years. His first boat dive, following certification, was a drift/wall dive in Cozumel. “My wife, who took the PADI Open Water class with me at the time, was really nervous.... I was really excited,” recalls Brian. With our new C-cards in hand, we took our first giant stride into the abyss together, got our bearings as the dive boat quickly became smaller and smaller, then began our descent together to about 55’. In the Cozumel current it felt like we were flying (another one of my passions). We coasted along the edge of an incredible reef wall at what felt like about 30 knots. As we soared past beautiful coral formations, reef fish and a Spotted Moray eel, I remember below us was nothing but deep blue for more than 1000’. It was amazing, exhilarating and awe-inspiring -- I’ve been captivated ever since!
From 300’ viz, and the unique haloclines in Cancun’s famous cenotes, another one of my favorite dive spots, to night diving and spearfishing in the Keys, and lately - exploring more of our local Great Lake’s treasures, I’ve enjoyed visiting dive sites near and far. These days, I tend to really enjoy helping others have those same awesome experiences and witnessing their sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from discovering all the beauty within and below the surface.
My son Josh and I recently celebrated a challenging 2020 with an 8-day SCUBA Adventure trip to BSA’s National Florida Sea Base, with several scouts and dads from our South Lyon Scouts BSA Troop. Up next… who knows? -- The world is our oyster. I’ve had fun meeting other SCUBA buddies in our community and the terrific team of owners, divemasters and instructors at AAoM. Duke & Ariel, who our loyal customers know really run the SCUBA operation - are great fun too! I look forward to seeing you around the shop or in the water soon!
Mitchell is a Sophmore at Brighton High School. He has been diving for a little under a year in his free time, he runs on the Brighton Cross Country Team
Melissa Healey became a certified open water diver in 2016. Soon after that, she dove in California, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and numerous local dives. She went on to complete Advanced Open Water training in 2019, and used her training to dive in several cenotes in Mexico, the Red Sea in Egypt, and with hammerhead sharks in Maui, Hawaii. In 2021, Melissa began her Rescue Diver and Dive Master training and participated in several Great Lakes shipwreck dives. Melissa has assisted with several Discover scuba, Open Water, and SEAL diver courses. Her daughter, Ava, is a SEAL scuba diver, and she intends on earning her Open Water Diver certification so the two of them can dive together during their adventures around the world.
Mark first became a certified diver in 2010. In 2017 he completed his Rescue Diver course as well as a Master Scuba Diver rating. He has a few specialty certifications like Digital Underwater Photography. He has dove all over Hawaii, Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Mark began his DiveMaster training in the fall of 2021. He has assisted with several Discover Scuba courses, Reactivate courses, Open Water classes, and Advanced Open Water classes. He recently moved here from Seattle and is ready to take on cold water diving. His favorite things to see in the water are sharks, turtles, dolphins and shipwrecks. Mark loves taking underwater videos of his diving adventures. You can follow him on his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeFASt86b1Hqa0Nu2h1BBA and on Instagram at @markpunderwater.
Andy is an Eagle Scout who started working at boy scout camps over the summer at the age of 13. Over the years he managed the pool and lakefront in a Nebraska council camp and worked as the manager in charge of the out-island program at the Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys. He also worked as an outdoor guide for Philmont scout ranch, People 2 People, and the University of South Florida. Andy now brings the same passion for outdoors and teaching others to Aquatic Adventures where he is working to become a dive master and hopefully, one day, an instructor.
Explore, Learn, and Experience everything you can in life. I live by this statement and found diving a great way to expand my life into each of these areas. While my dive time is still only a few years of my life, my certifications have been Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, and Rescue Diver. Working on Dive Master which will also lead into Self Sufficient Diver, Dry Suit Diver, and Side Mount Diver certificates for certain. There are other certifications that intrigue me as well (Night Diver, Ship Wreck Diver, and underwater photography just to name a few.) The end goal is to be an Instructor where I can share with others the Diving Experience. Since 70% of the earth is underwater as an explorer you just end up asking; how we explore part of that 70%? Diving is and can fill the void in the explorer in us all.
Dive Master Candidate, has been diving since 1987 completing her open water certification in Michigan waters on a Thanksgiving weekend. She fell in love with diving in warm waters in the Caribbean when she went on her first trip to the Cayman Islands. She enjoys sharing her love of diving with others especially with children. Donna is a nature and ocean lover with a commitment to protect the environment and marine life.