Scuba Classes: The Fun Starts Here!
Sub-Aquatic Sports has been teaching diving for over 38 years! Yikes, that makes us feel old. We teach throughout Midwest Michigan and offer private classes for those tight on time, group classes open the general public and college accredited courses. Our most popular and affordable option is the group classes where we meet 7 sessions for classroom and pool work. But, if you're headed on vacation soon, take a private scuba class; the training can be done in as little as a week.
What's a Diver to Do When Fall Comes?
#1: Not Just Kids go Back to School in the Fall!
Once the water gets too chilly to dive, then head inside and to learn more about the science of diving. Hon your skills and increase you knowledge. When it's finally ready to dive again, you'll be ready to go!
Master Diver Certification: October 22 - Nov.14
In our humble opinion, this is the best class that we teach! For eight evenings, you'll greatly expand your knowledge on dive equipment, environment physics and skills. Come spring, we'll apply all the knowledge on 8 scuba dives.
Nitrox Certification: January 5, February 2 or March 16
Maximize your vacation dive time by using Nitrox. Certification takes just one day and you have 3 dates to choose from. Cost $99-$139. This does not include the textbook which must be read prior to the class.
#2 Join us for Free Events
Bring the kids to our next event! They will love this. Check out hundreds if not over a 1000 Megalodon Teeth this Saturday. Divers from our North Carolina trips will be displaying their treasures of prehistoric artifacts including shark and whale bones plus assorted teeth from more recent species of sharks.
When: Saturday, September 29
Where: Sub-Aquatic Sports & Service
Refreshments will be served! More free events will be scheduled throughout the fall and winter.
All Dry Suits & Accessories
Plus FREE Dry Suit Class
#3 Are You Thinkin' It's Too Cold to Dive?
Au Contraire! You can easily dive year around with a dry suit. 'Experts' of scuba say that a drysuit is reqiured for water temperatures lower than 55'F. Evidently, they aren't from Michigan where that's the norm. Yes, a dry suit makes the experience more enjoyable at that temperature but it's also the topside temps that come into play.
We are quickly heading into colder weather when its no longer comfortable using a wetsuit, both underwater and topside after the dive. Now is the time to switch to a dry suit and SASS has a sweet deal. All dry suits and accessories are now 15% off. Sale prices start at $849.95. Plus, when you purchase a dry suit, a free orientation dive comes with it. Discounts are available on both in-stock and special order suits. Special order suits may take up to 6 weeks to construct and deliver so plan accordingly. Sale ends October 15.
#4 Plan a Winter Escape
A sure way of making the 'off season' fly by is to book a winter vacation. We have three trips to choose from!
New Year's in Roatan December 29-January 5
Cost: $1537 and up for accommodations, meals, and diving!
Coco's Islands, Costa Rica February 18-28, 2019
Big animal adventure at UNESCO World Heritage site. This live-aboard trip includes 24 dives, all meals and accommodations!
New! Cayman Brac March 30- April 6, 2019
Diving Brac is as easy as swimming in a pool. Cost: $1899 includes 17 dives, accommodations all meals, 3 drinks/day and more!
#6 Dry Dive Party 2018
Our final solution for surviving the 'off season' is to plan for the next and there's no better place than at our Dry Dive Party. This is THE event to hear what SASS has planned for 2019 and beyond. We also show pictures and video of the best dives of 2018 trips, highlight Wednesday Night Dive events and hand out awards.
New! We finally changed venues and are at the W. K. Kellogg Conference Center's McCrary Hall. It's a dining hall for MSU students and staff so we're talking super causal, but there's plenty of space for everyone to mix and mingle and it has a beautiful view of Gull Lake, rather appropriate we think. Dinner is included. The chef has custom designed a Caribbean themed buffet complete with Jerk Chicken. Mojo Pork, Caribbean Red Beans and Rice, Fried Plantains, Chocolate Rum Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and more.
When: Saturday, December 1
Where: McCrary Hall at W.K. Kellogg Conference Center
Time: 6pm cash bar, 7pm Caribbean buffet with trip presentations, awards and prize giveaways following.
Cost: $25/person includes the meal and a chance to win door prizes. Plus you'll have the first opportunity to sign up for dive trips, many of which sell out quickly. Seriously, we've had several trips be introduced and immediately sell out at Dry Dive parties.
Neoprene Items: Use a cleaner and conditioner product like MCNett's Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo ($6) to increase the longevity of your wetsuit, drysuit, hood, boots and gloves. Wetsuits should be stored on a wide, heavy duty hangers ($9) not folded in the dive bag. Drysuits, however, should be folded and stored in a bag away from exhaust fumes from cars, kerosene heaters and furnaces.
#6 Winterize Your Gear
If you truly don't see yourself diving till next spring, then put the gear away. A few easy steps will increase it's longevity though.
Regulators: Check warranty dates. Does it need annual servicing to keep the warranty valid? If not, store regulators with the hoses lying flat or loosely coiled. Do not hang your regulator by the first stage, the weight of the second stages and console will cause undue bending and stress on the hoses. Store regulators in a location away from heat, sunlight and chemicals. Preferably, store them in a regulator bag, which protects them from sunlight, helps to keep mice from chewing the mouthpieces and prevents spiders from making a home inside your second stage. Eew!
BC Vests: Clean the inside bladder with a product like BC Life which removes salt crystals, chlorine and organic residue. It's only $6 at SASS and a bottle will last you 2-3 years, making it a very good investment.
Tanks: For steel tanks, keep a storage fill of 200-500psi; it's enough air to keep moisture out but not so much as to cause excessive oxidation thus reducing internal rusting. Aluminum tanks should either be store completely full or completely empty with the valve off. This will prevent the tank from exploding if there is a house fire.
Masks: For some disgusting reason, mice like to chew on silicone so protect your scuba masks. Keep them in a hard plastic case. Eew again!
#7 Layering for Warmth, An Affordable Option
20% off Neoprene Vests
20% off Hooded Vests
20% off Rash Guards w/Insulation
A little neoprene only goes a little ways, meaning millimeters do count. As a general rule, 3mm wet suits work for the Caribbean and 7mm wet suits work for Michigan diving. However, water temperatures vary greatly in the Caribbean depending on both location and the time of year. For example, in October, St. Lucia was a lovely 84`F but just two months later, Bonaire was down to 81`F. By this February, Florida and the Bahamas will be in the mid to high 70's. A few degrees may not sound like a lot but underwater it is. So, will a 3mm wetsuit be warm enough on your vacation? For many of us, the answer is no.
Besides packing multiple wet suits, what's your option? Consider layering neoprene. It's affordable and takes very little luggage space. Your options are neoprene vests, hooded vests and rash guards with an insulation layer.
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