Scuba and Snorkeling Center since 1983

Underwater Safaris is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center!

Our in-store 84-degree pool:

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Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

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Snorkelers Welcome!
We have a large selection of mask, fins and snorkels as well as wetsuits and snorkeling vests. Our experienced staff will help you chose the proper fitting equipment to make your snorkeling experience unforgettable. New to snorkeling? Consider taking a snorkeling class with us in our 84 degree pool.

Why Underwater Safaris?

  • We're the only PADI 5 star training facility and Instructor Development Center in Chicago.
  • We have the only in-store pool and it's a toasty 84 degrees.
  • We have over 3,000 sq. feet dedicated to diver education, equipment sales, rentals, repair and travel. We teach PADI certifications from beginner Scuba Diver through Instructor.
  • All of our training classes are taught by current and insured PADI instructors including 2 Course Directors, IDC Staff Instructors, Master Instructors and Master Scuba Diver Trainers.

Underwater Safaris continues choosing PADI as its certifying agency because PADI offers the most sought after and respected scuba credentials in the world.

All of our classes are taught by Open Water Scuba Instructors or higher with several Master Instructors and Course Directors!

All of our classes are taught by PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors or higher with several Master Instructors and Course Directors!


  • No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI scuba certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.
  • The quality of PADI materials and the educational validity of PADI scuba lessons have been independently acknowledged by international educational and vocational training authorities.
  • Education's College Credit Recommendations Service (ACE) has recommended many PADI courses for college credit equivalency.
  • PADI is a member of World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) which is dedicated to the safety of recreational divers. WRSTC has developed minimum training standards. Not every training facility in Chicago teaches to these minimum standards.
  • With its 133,500 PADI Professionals, 6000 PADI dive stores and training materials in 26 languages, PADI serves the needs of divers worldwide.
  • PADI takes a pro-active approach to quality management and surveys divers to confirm that their courses have met PADI's high standards and ours.

Our newly painted pool.

Our 84 degree, on-site pool!

Open Water (Beginner) Students in our Pool!

One of our classrooms

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Underwater Safaris: – 2950 North Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 – Phone: 773-348-3999 – info@uwsafaris.com