Dive Training

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Open Water Diver

Do you want to learn to SCUBA Dive? As an open water diver you can experience a whole new world underwater. Maybe you’re looking for a new challenge, news skills to practice and new friends to practice them with. The place to start is right here! Learn more…


GLDL/LSS has provided over 21 years of diving service to the Greater Grand Rapids Area. GLDL was Grand Rapids’ first PADI Training Center in March of 1991. The PADI system of diver education was developed to systematically develop and expand a diver’s capabilities and experiences. The instructors at GLDL/LSS offer the following SCUBA Diving Courses for your training needs in Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, and all of West Michigan:


Core (Continuing) Certifications

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water

    They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. This course helps you increase your confidence and build your SCUBA skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. Learn more…

  • Rescue Diver
  • Rescue Diver

    “Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. Learn more…

  • Master SCUBA Diver
  • Master SCUBA Diver

    Join the best of the best in recreational SCUBA diving and live the ultimate dive lifestyle as a PADI Master SCUBA Diver. The PADI Master SCUBA Diver rating puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and SCUBA training that sets you apart. Learn more…

Speciality Certifications

  • Deep Diver
  • Deep Diver

    After your first few SCUBA dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers Learn more…

  • Self-Reliant Diver
  • Self-Reliant Diver

    This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need to compensate for those situations that may arise during the dive. This course will help student divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves first, whether or not they are diving with a partner. Learn more…

  • Night Diver
  • Night Diver

    As the sun sets you don your dive gear, slip on your SCUBA mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. Learn more…

  • Multi-Level Diver
  • Multi-Level Diver

    Maximize your dive time so you can explore more! In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all. Learn more…

  • EANx Diver
  • EAN/Nitrox

    Enriched Air Diver – The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty SCUBA diving course, and it’s easy to see why. SCUBA diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive SCUBA dives. Learn more…

  • Drift Diver
  • Drift Diver

    The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time. Learn more…

  • Boat Diver
  • Boat Diver

    Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently. Learn more…

  • Project A.W.A.R.E. Specialist
  • Project AWARE Specialist

    The PADI Project AWARE course is designed to familiarize divers and non-divers with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems. In this course, participants Learn about the role Project AWARE plays in protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems. Learn more…

  • Dry-Suit Diver
  • Dry-Suit Diver

    Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit< seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. Learn more…

  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver

    Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up. Learn more…

  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Navigator

    Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. Learn more…

  • Equipment Specialist
  • Equipment Specialist

    As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic SCUBA equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you’ll encounter every day. In addition, you’ll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it’s repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment. Learn more…

  • Ice Diver
  • Ice Diver

    If the spirit of adventure and unusual, challenging diving appeals to you, try diving under the ice. During the course, you dive with a PADI Professional in one of the most extreme adventure specialties recreational diving offers. Learn more…

  • Wreck Diver
  • Wreck Diver

    Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving. Learn more…

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

    Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled SCUBA divers. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. Learn more…

  • Suunto Computer Assisted Diver
  • Suunto Computer Assisted Diver

    Learn how to use your Suunto computer better. This class starts with a short lecture followed by 2 dives in open water. Learn more…

  • Conservation Diver
  • Conservation Diver

    This course will teach the vital role conservation plays in the local area. Class consists of 1 lecture and 1 open water dive. Learn more…

  • A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation Diver
  • A.W.A.R.E. Coral Reef Conservation

    Everyone likes to SCUBA dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems. Learn more…

  • Fish Identification
  • Fish Identification

    “What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the SCUBA diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics. Learn more…

  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Naturalist

    Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar SCUBA diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more…

Professional Certifications

  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster

    The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. You’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. Learn more…

  • Assistant Instructor
  • Assistant Instructor

    Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular SCUBA diver education programs? Then this is the class for you! Learn more…

Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency First Responder
  • Emergency First Responder

    Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Learn more…

  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider

    Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. You’ll learn about water related lung injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen. Learn more…

  • Emergency First Response - Primary Care
  • EFR Primary Care

    Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Learn more…

  • Emergency First Response - Secondary Care
  • EFR Secondary Care

    Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Learn more…

  • Care for Children
  • Care for Children

    Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Learn more…

  • Diving Emergency Management Provider
  • Diving Emergency Management Provider

    When a dive accident occurs, multiple things happen. Separate small problems can compound to create a larger problem. DAN’s Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) program prepares you to handle the kinds of multifaceted accidents that may occur. Learn more…

  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Emergency Oxygen

    When a diving accident occurs, being able to recognize the problem and respond with the appropriate care can speed the diver’s recovery and minimize lasting effects. Learn more…

  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

    Divers may experience unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. Any time a person enters the marine environment there is a chance of being stung, bitten or cut. Learn more…

  • Neurological Assessment
  • Neurological Assessment

    Decompression illness (DCI) can present as a neurological injury associated with SCUBA diving. Rapid recognition of and response to a suspected neurological injury, regardless of cause, can help convince the injured person of the need for emergency oxygen and help the responder monitor the injured person’s condition and report findings to emergency medical services (EMS). Learn more…

  • Basic Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

    Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time. This course will help prepare you to handle cardiovascular events and other life-threatening incidents. Learn more…