Course Description/Checklist/Site Map 2018

Diver Authorization Program & Diving

$230 per person for the Course as a one time fee.

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 9am – 12pm & Dive from 1-5 pm

Saturday, January 5,  2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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 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 is not provided, call the dive shop to reserve your gear

· Bring your own drinks and snacks

PRICING – $470 PP (based on 5-6 divers)

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 clinic!

Shark School – Eleuthera, Bahamas

2019 Dates: May 19-25, June 23-29, Oct 3-9, 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.

Technical Diving Courses

February – Cozumel, Mexico

February 16 – February 23, 2019 TECH DIVING IN COZUMEL!

Trip Leader: Bill & Tonya Merritt

No training this week! Join us for fun tech dives: doubles, stages, trimix, and rebreathers.

Recreational Divers welcome too!

Includes accommodations at Casa Mexicana, breakfast, lunch on the dive boat, transfers and 2 tank boat dive daily.

Not included:  airfare, dinners, tips, gas mixes & rentals.

Prices are dependent upon the type of diving you are doing.  Call Tonya for details.  281-445-3483

March – Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

Mar 20-24, 2019 (Wed-Sun)

Quick Beach Getaway Weekend at Casa Del Mar Hotel

$1242pp single, $909pp double

Includes: hotel taxes, new eco tax, airport transfers, shore diving, 3 days of 2 tank boat diving, all meals, and drinks (including alcohol!)

Complete your Open Water Course, Advanced Course or Specialties in the gorgeous Caribbean Ocean!

Leader:  David Eichen

April – Little Cayman, Cayman Islands [Central Caribbean Marine Institute]

Grouper, Lionfish, Coral Research – Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

April 20th-27th, 2019

Travel to Little Cayman for the opportunity to research their marine life!   Three teachers will lead a research class about (but not limited to) spearing lionfish (for dissection AND consumption!), increasing the grouper population, and researching seagrass, algae, iguanas, urchins, etc.

There will be opportunities for island tours, snorkel excursions, and night dives!

Cost: $1895 pp – includes staying at the research center & meals (airfare not included!)
* $600.00 deposit required to hold your spot!


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)

May – Bikini Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands [Liveaboard]

Bikini Atoll Technical Trip (Liveaboard on the Truk Master)

May 25, 2019 – June 5, 2019

Living on and Diving off the Truk Master Liveaboard Luxury Boat

11 Nights Include:

  • Transfers from local airport to the vessel on days of embarkation and disembarkation,
  • Full  board accommodation (based on double occupancy),
  • Tea, coffee,  juices, and soft drinks
  • All diving on air, 12ltr cylinder
  • Weights & Weight Belt

$6900.00 per person

$500.00 deposit to hold your spot – ONLY 6 SPOTS LEFT!

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Marshall Island
    • Fly in and out of Kwajalein through Hawaii on United is $2352.00 round trip – The boat has worked their schedule around the United Flights.
    •  Departure
      •  UA 253  23MAY  IAH-HNL    9:40A-11:30P  – Houston/Honolulu
      • UA 154  24MAY  HNL-KWA    7:25A-12:20P+1 – Honolulu/Kwajalei
    • Return:
      • UA 155  05JUN  KWA-HNL    5:45P-2:35A – Kwajalein/Honolulu
      • UA1231  05JUN  HNL-LAX    7:10A-3:37P – Honolulu/LAX
      • UA 494  05JUN  LAX-IAH    5:30P-10:45P – LAX/Houston
  • Overnight hotel in Honolulu going to Bikini
  • Hotel if you choose to get one in Honolulu on the way back
  • Visa required for travel
  • $20 Airport Tax in the Marshall Islands
  • Make sure passport has minimum of 6 months remaining
  • Additional equipment and gases needed
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dive tips
  • Marine Park and Port Fees $500
  • Dive Insurance – mandatory


Contact Tonya if you are interested! 281-445-3483

Or sign up online: