Author Archives: Holly Geraldson

Holly Geraldson is the Media Specialist at Aquatic Adventures in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She's spent time traveling to Hawaii, Germany, and the Australian Outback.

Advanced Open Water

A few weeks ago I began my Advanced Open Water certification. Jerry, my Open Water instructor, was my instructor again for Advanced Open Water. My classmates were three guys, and my dive buddy was a guy who had only been diving in warm tropical water before. He thought seeing a wreck on Lake Michigan would be exciting, but he wasn’t thrilled about going to Pearl Lake in Illinois for some of our dives because he thought it would be boring. […]

Beginning Scuba – Part 5

After a lot of help from Jenny and Ben, two of Aquatic Adventures’ instructors, I was able to complete the pool training for my Open Water certification. I took a lot longer than the one weekend most people complete pool training in, but that was okay since I began the class in February and I couldn’t do my check out dives until the lakes thawed out. Jerry, my instructor, would not take me to Pearl Lake, where we did the check […]

Get to Know Sam Heine

Sam Heine is new to diving, but he’s quickly grown to love the sport. Beginning with his Open Water Diver certification last June, he’s earned eight PADI certifications and become a Divemaster candidate in the year he’s been diving. Heine, a student at UW-Milwaukee, began diving when he needed a recreation class to help boost his GPA. He chose Skin & Scuba, the beginning scuba course Aquatic Adventures offers through UWM. “It was just awesome. I took the Advanced (Open Water Diver […]

Beginning Scuba – Part 4

Week 5 of my Beginning scuba class was at the pool again. In my rush to be on time, I forgot my boots and contacts. Since I can’t wear my mask over my glasses and I can’t see without corrective lenses, Jerry, my instructor, sent me back home to get my boots and contacts and called another instructor, Jenny, to come and catch me up when I got back. I arrived back at the pool before Jenny got there, so […]