This summer you can learn to scuba dive at your choice of four state parks through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ new Fresh Air Fit program. Participants will learn the basics of scuba diving from certified instructors from Divers Central/PADI. Class dates and locations are as follows:
- North Higgins Lake State Park (Roscommon County), 989-821-6125
July 9 and 10: 1-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4 p.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.; or 5:30-7 p.m.
- K.J. Charters Traverse City State Park (Grand Traverse County), 231-922-5270
July 23 and 24: 1-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4 p.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.; or 5:30-7 p.m.
- Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County), 231-386-5422
Aug. 6 and 7: 1-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4 p.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.; or 5:30-7 p.m.
- Petoskey State Park (Emmet County), 231-347-2311
Aug. 19 and 20: 1-2:30 p.m.; 2:30-4 p.m.; 4-5:30 p.m.; or 5:30-7 p.m.
Each location will host four classes per day (limit of four students per class), which consist of a 30-minute presentation and one hour of confined-water diving experience supervised by the instructor. Cost is $35 if pre-registered or $50 for drop-ins.
Advance registration is recommended. To register, please contact the specific state park where you would like to attend the class. Students must be at least 12 years of age with parent or guardian approval to participate. Classes will be cancelled if less than four participants are registered within seven days of class. More information about Divers Central can be found online at www.diverscentral.com.
For more information and to see a full listing of free classes offered through the DNR’s Fresh Air Fit program, please visit www.michigan.gov/freshfit. A Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering Michigan state parks.
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