Welcome to Underwater Safaris




Established in 1983, Underwater Safaris is the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center in Chicago, with an 84 degree in-store pool and over 3,000 sq. feet dedicated to diver education, equipment sales, rentals, repair and travel. In addition to quality equipment, we offer a variety of certification courses through PADI. Course offerings range from beginning scuba diver certification to Advanced and Specialty Diver programs and on to Instructor. 

Per industry standards, all of our courses are taught by certified and insured instructors or divemasters. 

PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. It stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, which basically says it all! The PADI system of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages, providing maximum practice and realistic practical application in the process.





Open Water Courses

Want to earn your scuba certification or advance your knowledge? Open Water Scuba is your first step.

Specialty Classes

Looking to explore shipwrecks or instruct other divers? Go pro with our team or find your favorite specialization and take a course!


From regulators to wetsuits and everything between, Underwater Safari's has all the diving equipment you need!


Join us for one of our Diving Adventures!