|Alp-Maritimes Marine Sports Institute is a scuba diving educational organization offering a customized approach to all courses from basic diver to mixed gas technical training, including instructor certification at all levels. Our top-level international staff is drawn from all major training agencies hence can offer certification of the clients choice. Offices are situated in Quebec, Canada but courses are given internationally. The Institute utilizes liveaboard vessels for training and diving; these operate along the St. Lawrence Seaway from the Great Lakes to the Gulf. Wreck and cave diving expeditions are organized to many of the most sought after sites.
Our operation is not typical of the dive shops/schools you are familiar with, we operate worldwide, it happens that our offices are here in Quebec, at least for now, but we will go where the need is. You must understand that our clients vary a great deal in their needs and resources, we do not try and get clients to fit into our schedule but we design programs to fit with the client. Hence, we do not have course schedules as per say, each client has his or her own program, true we may combine people in a particular situation as it is often advantageous for all but each person retains their own program. Basically we do custom tailored aquatic adventures ranging from entry level to extreme.
During the summer months a lot of our actions are based in eastern Canada. We operate our main vessels on the Seaway between Brockville Ont. and the Lower Great Lakes because of the truly unbelievable diving. I do not exaggerate when I say that it is the best north of Dixie. In summer we have surface temps. of 76 to 80 and 68 to 70 even at 100 feet. From 100 feet you can count the prop blades on the boat so visibility is great. Add to that tons of wrecks and good natural aspects and we have an ideal location. We use countless sites that can give us any depth that we may need and all of these in a small geographical area. Since we operate from a liveaboard there are no hassles as to logistics and we do not waste training time just getting to a site, everything happens on our floating hotel. While the vessel is underway the guests can be lectured, prepared or just relax. In summer we can get away with any kind of suit, on short shallow dives we often use a 3mm. we have suits of every thickness on board at all times so we can make any one comfortable regardless of their personal resistance to cold.
Should you have any needs in the sport of scuba diving please give me a call. Our adventures are all inclusive, all you need is a fun attitude, a smile and some topside duds, and we will supply everything else. One big advantage of living on a boat is that if you want to do a course there is no down time and it can all be accomplished in a much shorter time span than on land.
We operate in the Thousand Islands from late May till end of October and despite being in the clutches of winter now is the time to get things planned. For the time being there is space at virtually any time but we will start to fill up certain weeks pretty soon, in order to use your free time best you should give it some thought.
In closing, thanks for your interest and I am sure we will have a chance to dive together.
Capt. Gary Kulisek