Kim has been diving for over 26 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.
Duke is our dog-cat, he loves to meet peeps when they come in to Aquatic Adventures. Duke is 8 years old and can be found most of the time lying in the sun.
Ariel was born on April 10, 2020, she is a Great Pyrenees mixed. She usually hangs out at the front counter area or you bed in the store's office. Come by and see Duke & her.
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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.
I began my adventure with diving in 2001 completing both the Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses in Monterey Bay, California. While not the beautiful tropical waters of the Caribbean, Monterey Bay was an incredible place to dive. The seals were curious and playful, and the kelp fields were beautiful. The Pacific in Northern California is chilly, so I bought a dry suit and did all the Advanced Open Water course and all my subsequent dives until 2020 with a dry suit. I bought my first wetsuit in 2020. I had a long break from diving due to military assignments and living far from water but have finally come back to it and still feel the same love and passion for it as ever. All my dives were in releatively cold waters in the Pacific and now in the Great Lakes so I’m looking forward to opportunities to visit warmer water and see what that's like! That said the Great Lakes offer some exceptional experiences for diving and I’m looking forward to exploring more of them! Over the summer of 2020 I was able to dive 8 wrecks between the Straits of Mackinac and in Munising. I’m also looking forward to getting my 11-year-old daughter certified soon and sharing the adventures with her! In addition to the becoming a Divemaster and hopefully an Instructor in the future, I’m also interested in technical diving. I really want to visit wrecks that most people never get to see in person.
I’m originally from Petoskey, MI and I served in the US Army for 9 years before moving back to Michigan and getting an engineering degree at U of M graduating in 2016. After graduating I decided that I liked the area and wanted to stay here. Outside of diving I’m working on getting a pilot license. I’m also a certified firearms instructor (MCRGO and NRA) and really enjoy teaching.
If you need to take out the part about the firearms instructor for any reason I understand. I only put it in because for me its an equal passion as diving. But I understand if you feel like it's not appropriate or anything and I won't be bothered or offended if you don't want it there.
My dive journey started in the summer of 2020, I got my open water certificate in july of 2020 and I was hooked. Less than a month later I was in my advanced open water class flowed by rescue diver. I have taken all my classes with Aquatic Adventures of MI and I look forward to continuing my dive journey in the same fashion.
I started my dive master in august of 2020 and plan on completing the class at a safe place.
When i am not in the water i spend most of my time planning my wedding with my amazing fiancée who will be getting her open water certification this coming summer. I am also a volunteer firefighter in addition to my full time job.
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.