Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

Diver Authorization Program & Diving

$230 per person for the Course ($30.00 deposit to hold spot)

Volunteer Diving is Free once you have completed the course, only a Reservation is Required!

Marlin Dive Team Members & Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim Customers are welcome to take the Diver Authorization Program, dive and discover the uniqueness of Spring Lake (formerly known as Aquarena Springs).  

Schedule:  SATURDAY – Class from 8am – 12pm & Dive from 1-5 pm


Saturday, June 22
Saturday, July 13
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, August 24
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, October 12
Saturday November 9
Saturday, November 16

Call to Book Now! 281-445-DIVE (3483)

Pre-requisites: Open Water Diver with 20 dives beyond certification course, photocopy of certification card, photocopy of your very last completed dive log page, 4 completed assessment quizzes (course attached below), all of your dive gear (there are no tank fills) and payment.

You can find the Course Description (including the schedule for the dives and accident management plans), Check List, and Site Map here: Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

You will need to read through all the Course Content

Then complete all four quizzes and fill out the following forms: Volunteer Diver Agreement; Assessment of Risk, Waiver and Release Form; Continuing Education Form: Forms & Quizzes

You will also need to fill out a Medical Form

and the Registration Form

Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)





Course Description/Checklist/Site Map: Here

Forms & Quizzes: Here

Medical Form: Here

Registration Form: Here




2019 Flower Gardens Trips

Come dive the Northernmost coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico with Gigglin’ Marlin. Some trips will have a GMD Trip Leader; however, we can book any trip that The Fling offers. Boat departs from Freeport on the night before the trip date. Arrive at 7:00 pm for check-in & early boarding at 7:30 pm. The boat returns to Freeport around 6:00 pm on Sunday.

2019 dates – Primary Dates

February 16-17 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

March 2-3 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun) – DATE ADDED

March 23-24 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

April 13-14 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun) – DATE ADDED

April 27-28 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

May 25-27 (3 day weekend: Sat-Mon, Memorial Day Weekend)

June 1-2 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

June 15-16 (2 day weekend:  Sat-Sun) – DATE ADDED

June 20-21 (2 day weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken) – DATE ADDED

June 22-23 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun) – DATE ADDED

June 27-28 (2 day  weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken) – DATE ADDED

July 4-5 (2 day  weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken)

July 25-26 (2 day  weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken) – DATE ADDED

July 27-28 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

August 1-2 (2 day weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken)

August 8-9 (2 day  weekday: Thur-Fri, Stetson/Kraken) – DATE ADDED

August 22-25 (4 day weekend: Thur-Sun, Coral Spawning)

August 31-Sept 2 (3 day weekend: Sat-Mon, Labor Day Weekend)

Sept 28-29 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

Oct 19-20 (2 day weekend: Sat-Sun)

Oct 26-27 (2 day weekend:  Sat-Sun)-DATE ADDED

2019 pricing

2 Day Weekday (air only): $535.00 Reserve Now

2 Day Weekend (air only): $585.00  Reserve Now

3 Day Weekday (air only): $685.00 Reserve Now

3 Day Weekend (air only): $700.00  Reserve Now

4 Day Weekend (air only): $880.00 Reserve Now

Full payment is due at time of booking.

Trip Cancellation Policy – Once you book the trip, the space is yours, no refunds.  However, if the trip cancels due to weather, then you can get a full refund or roll your money to another available date.

2019 – Rig Trips / Spearfishing Trips

Join us as we head out into the Gulf of Mexico to dive on the Oil Rigs.  The Oils Rigs are an artificial reef habitat to many species of underwater creatures!  If trained and meet the requirements, you have the option to spearfish while on these trips.

Spearfishing season: April-October

Trip Dates:

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday, Jun 30, 2019

Sunday July 28, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Trip Details:
· A very experienced Dive Instructor leads the trip

· 2 or 3 Tank Rig Trip

· Going 40-65 miles out

· Spearfishing Optional (must be trained)

· Boat leaves out of Freeport

· Boat departs in morning and returns same night

· Dive Equipment Rentals (if needed), tank rentals and Nitrox mixes are in addition to the boat price.  Contact the store to reserve your gear and order mixes.

· Bring your own drinks and snacks

$499 pp

Call 281-445-3483 to book or on link below



Photo by Erich Schlegel


Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)

Call to register. 281-445-3483

Want to learn how to spearfish so you can join our trip? Enroll in our Spearfishing Course!

Shark School – Eleuthera, Bahamas

2019 Dates: May 19-26, Oct 3-10, Nov 23-30

August 17-24 (Ross University trip, but all are welcome!),

Join Dr. Erich Ritter (experimental shark behaviorist and avid conservationist) and his organization, SharkSchool, for a week long class that teaches divers, snorkelers, rescue swimmers, and others how to interact with sharks, what to look for when entering the water, and most importantly, how to feel safe among sharks. SharkSchool’s main purpose is to bring humans closer to sharks, focusing on how to interact with these animals while emphasizing their crucial position and importance in the marine realm. (

Dr. Erich Ritter is the head of the SharkSchool, an organization

Challenge yourself by encountering these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, knowing that sharks are top marine predators and physically far superior to humans. Once you have learned to interpret shark behavior,  you’ll put your own fear / anxiety aside and be comfortable with sharks.  In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the entire encounter and to act accordingly and to respond on the basis of scientific knowledge learned, rather than on the basis of presumptions and fear. In this way, your shark encounters are pleasant, incredibly fascinating and safe.

*Ross University students will have the opportunity for additional education tours around the island!

Shark School Package and Costs

The Shark School package includes:

Seven (7) nights at Cape Eleuthera Resort, four (4) person occupancy per condo

Group breakfast and dinner at the Bull Dolphin restaurant at Cape Eleuthera

Five (5) days of lecture with a copy of Dr. Ritter’s book, “Shark-Human Interaction”

Five (5) days of one (1) tank dive with the sharks, followed by in the water interaction with the sharks at shark beach.

Rental car for each four (4) divers for seven (7) days, gas is the guest responsibility, pick up and return at Governor’s Harbour Airport.

Daily gear storage, fresh water rinse and set up at Ocean Fox Cotton Bay dive shop.

Cost for the one week stay and shark school is $2571. Deposit of $600 required, no refunds within 30 days of the school.

May – USS Oriskany Wreck

May 24-27, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend)

USS Oriskany wreck in Pensacola, FL

Includes:  2 days of 2 tank boat diving.

Not Included:  Hotel & travel expenses, dive gear/tanks & air fills.

$395 pp for recreational divers (4 dives)

$495 pp for technical divers (2 dives)


Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)

June – Cozumel, Mexico (Annual Marlin Dive Team Trip!)

June 8-15, 2019 (Sat to Sat)

Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort

Marlin Dive Team Annual Trip

Annual Cozumel Trip is June 8-15, 2019 (Sat-Sat) @ the Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort!!

Trip Leaders: Bill & Tonya Merritt

Join the Marlin Dive Team on their annual Cozumel Getaway!  Dive the the beautiful blue water with all of your dive buddies, or come along to make new ones.  This trip is suited for all diving levels and non-divers too.  We can complete lots of specialties this week along with, Advanced Open Water and even Open Water Dives, if needed!

$1654pp – Deluxe Oceanview Double Occupancy

$1969pp – Deluxe Oceanview Single Occupancy

$1829pp – Master Suite Double Occupancy

(Non-divers – deduct $828pp)

Included: Fiesta Americana All Inclusive Resort, Airport Transfers, 6 days of 2 tank dives, nitrox, 1 night boat dive, 1 shore dive, all meals, snacks, room service, drinks, alcohol, coffee and ice cream bar and nightly entertainment!

Excludes: airfare, dive tips (~60)

Other Options may include: Cenote Diving, Whale Shark Snorkel, Dolphin Encounter, Fishing Charter, Spearfishing Charter, Ceilo Trip, and Mopeds around the islands!

$500.00 deposit to hold your spot!!!

Not included: airfare

July – Texas Clipper Wreck

July 4-7 in South Padre Island!

Leader:  Farrah Rangel

July 4th – Travel Day – Drive to South Padre

July 5th – 2 Tank Dive on the Clipper

July 6th – 3 Tank Dive at Jack Up Rigs

July 7th – Travel Day – Return to Houston

$425 pp – includes 5 dives, 2 breakfasts on the boat

Not Included:  Travel Expense, Hotel, Nitrox ($10 per tank), other meals & drinks

The Texas Clipper is an artificial reef 17 miles off the coast of South Padre Island. Intentionally sunk in 2007, the 473-foot former Texas A&M University research vessel was prepared for divers of all levels for diving up to 80 feet.  Enjoy Texas Diving on the Diver I 60 foot ocean class vessel with indoor air conditioned seating!

August – Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Cayman Brac Beach Resort in Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

with the option for an add-on Grand Cayman for a few days! (this will be priced separate)

Stay at the beautiful Cayman Brac Beach Resort!  Cayman Brac is known for its beautiful reefs (which are protected) and exciting wreck dives (including the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck!).  There are also plenty of hiking trails and caves for those who wish to spend some of their time out of the water!

August 17-24, 2019

Leaders: Bill & Tonya Merritt

$2065 pp Double Diver Rate

$2470 pp Single Diver Rate

$2017 pp Triple Diver Rate

$250 pp Savings for Non-Divers

Included in the package: Airport Transfers, all meals, Wifi, welcome rum punch, cocktail reception, taxes, fees & gratuities, 6 days of 2 tank boat dives, 5 days of 1 tank afternoon dives, Nitrox and Flight from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac.

Not Included:  both flights:  Flight from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac (this will a group booking, but don’t have prices yet) and Flight to Grand Cayman (GMD can assist if you need help), Dive Tips, Alcohol on the resort (pay by the drink) or $200 for 3 drinks a day package.

$600.00 deposit to hold your spot!

October – Wakatobi, Indonesia

October 11-18, 2019 – Wakatobi (these are the actual resort dates, add travel days to these dates)

Trip Leaders:  Mathis & Shannon Weatherall

Fly Houston to Bali and stay 1 night then take a charter flight to Wakatobi for 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days of diving.

Prices have been updated to Include: accommodations – 2 options, meals and diving package at Wakatobi resort, Round Trip Charter Flight from Bali to Wakatobi.

Not Included: Airfare, 1 night Bali Hotel (or additional nights depending on your flights from Houston), alcohol, marine park fees and tips.

We will be adding 3-4 days in Bali on the front end of the trip staying at a Southern Beach Resort – Monkey Reserve, Volcano, Balinese Dance, Lu ac Coffee Tour.  Let me know if you are interested.

$4255 pp – Palm Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 4 rooms, 8 spaces)

$4815 pp – Ocean Bungalow Diver in Double Occupancy (we have 3 rooms, 6 spaces)

Non-divers are welcome also, reduce either room category by $300 pp.

$500.00 deposit to reserve your spot!








Trip Cancellation Fee – Minimum of a $100 (depending on  the trip date and date of cancellation)