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Scott, Enslin, Mike and I enjoyed teaching scuba to the students at Montclair State University on September 16. Those college kids sure learn fast.

Paul Mickel, Underwater Adventures Dive Center

We held another fun and successful scuba class over the weekend of Sept. 10-12 in Summit, NJ. All of our students left on Sunday afternoon with a lot more scuba knowledge and skills than when they arrived on Friday night. Congratulations to all for doing so well. Now onto the Open Water dives to finish the certification!

Paul and Steve

In between the end of school, summer camps, work, and the beginning of a busy dive season, our family was able to sneak away for a short vacation to sunny Puerto Rico. The goal was to be able to get away for a few days to relax and spend time together before the summer pulls us in different directions. No busy itineraries here. The only schedule we were on was to make sure we picked up our things from the beach before the hotel staff put the beach chairs away in the evening. We divided our time between beach and pool and usually had no idea what time it was - a good sign if your goal is to get away from it all. We usually slept until we woke up (sounds like something Yogi Berra would say!) and spent more time reading than we had in the previous 6 months.

In the process of leaving our cares behind, we found a way to bond as a family that is difficult to do at home. We had so many shared experiences that we will talk about for years to come. Whether it was feeding iguanas, participating in the local bingo game, exploring the local culture, or holding baby leatherback turtles that were nesting on the beach, we were pulling closer together, and laughter flowed easily.

Going scuba diving on the trip also brought us together. Seeing the beautiful turtles that swam past us made us realize how lucky we are to be able to enter their world. I am happy that I am able to give others the opportunity to explore the underwater realm by teaching them to be confident, safe divers. We have taught over 150 students already this year, which will translate into countless memories.

Paul Mickel

Another great weekend at Dutch Springs and 6 new Open Water Certified Divers and 3 new Dry Suit Certified Divers! Congratulations to all, and good job instructing by Steve, Chris, and Gerry.

We had another nice weekend at Dutch Springs over the Father's Day weekend, with 6 new Open Water students and 5 Advanced Open Water students participating in the festivities. Good weather, good food, good company, good diving . . . what could be better?


We had a fantastic opening weekend at Dutch Springs. Underwater Adventures was well represented with 5 new Open Water students who completed their certification under sunny skies and slightly chilly water (depending on who you ask).

All 5 students passed with flying colors and made the job of Paul, Steve and Ramas as their instructors and divemaster very easy. On their final dive, they even took a tour to the fighter plane to show off their new buoyancy skills! We hope to see them back for their Advanced Class soon.