I have a couple of friends who scuba dive for fun. One of them travels all over the world exploring underwater caves and coral reefs. Another searches the East Coast for Shark and Megalodon teeth. It sounds like such an adventurous hobby!

I was a little fish at a very young age and have always loved to swim and be in the ocean, however, the idea of being under the water for a long time makes me a little nervous. It sure would be awesome to get up close and personal with some beautiful fish or look for lost treasures that have settled on the sea floor.

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If you have ever wanted to scuba dive but felt nervous like me, there is a new course coming to the Owensboro Healthpark March 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The weekend of classes is in collaboration with Diver's Supply Indy, a prominent diving equipment company that also provides classes for all skill sets.

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Instructor Mike Mizell will lead the class which is open to all folks 12 years of age and older. He has been diving since 1986 and has a true passion for underwater exploration.  A Scuba Schools International level instructor, Mizell has trained and certified hundreds of students over the years. I noticed on his Blue Serenity Diving Facebook page, that his catchphrase is "happy bubbles!" I love that.

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The goal of March's scuba course at the Healthpark will be to get participants familiar with the gear, learn scuba safety, and how to perform basic underwater skills while having fun and playing games in the pool.

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Over the course of the weekend, you will complete the first half of the training needed to become fully SSI Open Water Certified.  The second half of the certification requires several open water dives which are held at a nearby quarry when the weather warms up. Mike told me, "We’re actually going to be running classes every month through September. We’re also planning to open a small office in Owensboro in the next couple of weeks. We’re here to stay!!!"

The cost for this course is $350.  All you need to bring with you is a mask, snorkel and fins. The rest of the scuba gear is provided for the sessions including the wetsuit. For more information, you can reach out to Mike Mizell by calling 615-202-6776 or emailing titanvol97@gmail.com. If you know you are interested, you can reserve your spot in the class by clicking here.  It is filling up fast, so don't miss out! Oh, and "happy bubbles!"

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