Diving in First Class is way more than just a cute tagline at Mermet Springs. This not only refers to the sunken 727 from the movie Air Marshalls, it also refers to the way in which divers are welcomed to one of the nicest dive destinations in the Midwest. As an Instructor, I am very cognizant of the safety features, and the safety practices of the management. At Mermet, both are top notch. From the moment I arrived with my students, we were part of the family! Having called ahead, we had a reserved pavilion ready and waiting for us. All weekend long, the staff took great care to make sure our tanks were promptly filled, and rental gear was properly fitted and well explained. Speaking of rental gear, Mermet has a wide selection of DUI Dry Suits for rent! That is great for students that want to a Dry Suit adventure dive on the way to Advanced Open Water, or to try before they buy. The shallow platforms are quite suitable for an introduction to diving dry. Nighttime security and cameras allowed us to leave our gear in the pavilion rather than schlepping it around; super convenient.
All in all, it was a fabulous weekend, and all of us are looking forward to diving Mermet again. It is a great teaching venue, and so comfortable! They even have hot showers... complete with shampoo and conditioner... talk about "First Class"!!