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Begininng Scuba Courses

Scheduled Classes

Monday and Wednesday Beginning Course Pool and Classroom Small Group Classes! Chicago's only in store pool! Per industry standards, all of our classes are taught by insured and experienced instructors. The entire staff of Underwater Safaris is fully vaccinated! Proof of vaccination required for all pool classes.  Two Nights Confined Water + 1 evening... Find Out More

Tuesday and Thursday Beginning Course Pool and Classroom Small Group Classes! Chicago's only in store pool! Per industry standards, all of our classes are taught by insured and experienced instructors. The entire staff of Underwater Safaris is fully vaccinated! Proof of vaccination required for all pool classes.  Two Nights Confined Water + 1 evening ... Find Out More

Weekend Beginning Course Pool and Classroom Small Group Classes! Chicago's only in store pool! Per industry standards, all of our classes are taught by insured and experienced instructors. The entire staff of Underwater Safaris is fully vaccinated! Proof of vaccination required for all pool classes. Two Nights Confined Water + 1 evening zoom c... Find Out More

Open Water Certification Dives                   2023 FIRST OPEN WATER WEEKEND IS MAY 20 & 21!  SIGN UP NOW! Certification dives at Haigh Quarry. Dives are done Saturday and Sunday.  Class time is approximately 8:00am until 4:00pm. The entire sta... Find Out More

Youth Divers Divers between the ages of 10 and 11 must do the confined water and open water dives privately due to strict student to instructor ratios.  Find Out More

Specialties

Advanced Open Water The Open Water Course develops the capability to dive. The Advanced Open Water Course develops confidence! Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed... Find Out More

Rescue Diver "Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mast... Find Out More

Rescue Refresher Attention Rescue Divers! Rescue Refresher Class Saturday, May 21 at 8am at Haigh Quarry Only *$50! Once you've completed the Rescue Refresher you'll receive a $50 Underwater Safaris Gift Certificate! Has it been a while since your Rescue Class? Are your skills a little rusty? Then this refre... Find Out More

Emergency First Response Class (First Aid/CPR/AED) includes eLearning First aid, CPR and AED are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. You don't have to be a diver to take this class!  And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills &... Find Out More

Enriched Air Nitrox with eLearning The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. You can typically stay down longer and ge... Find Out More

Digital Underwater Photography Level 1 Do you have your own Underwater Digital Camera?  Now what?  One of the most popular specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.  The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you... Find Out More

Equipment Specialist   Zoom Equipment Class with eLearning $150 Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment.  The PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments.  You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comf... Find Out More

Dry Suit Diver Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, y... Find Out More

Peak Performance Buoyancy What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost... Find Out More

Wreck Diver Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life... Find Out More

Self-Reliant Diver Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three scuba dives, you develop ... Find Out More

Underwater Navigator The PADI Underwater Navigator Course Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great tim... Find Out More

PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY SPECIAL W/AOW OR OPEN WATER DIVES What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost... Find Out More

UW Pumpkin Carving 2021 Join us at Haigh Quarry our final local dive weekend of 2021! Carve a pumpkin under water for a chance to win a prize! Sunday, Oct. 17 at Also, it's just fun carving pumpkins under water.  Food, beverages & prizes!   Fine Print:  This is NOT a certification class.  This ... Find Out More

Become a PADI Professional

PADI DIvemaster Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world. Share your passion for scuba diving by becoming a PADI Divemaster. As a divemaster you’ll supervise scuba diving activities and assist with scuba classes. PADI Divemaste... Find Out More

PADI Assistant Instructor Course Course Price $775 $625  Plus Required IDC eLearning with crewpack and Instructor Manual: $1027.62 The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You'll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning... Find Out More

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)  Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.   Class Price: $900 $800 Plus Required IDC eLearning with crewpack and Instructor Manual: $1027.62 If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to shar... Find Out More

Emergency First Response Instructor Teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines and learn how to present course content while encouraging student self-discovery.  Available to Non-Divers! EFR Instructor Course $450.00  Required EFR Instructor Start Up Pack $402.48 CPR and first aid are key skills that... Find Out More

Freediving

Basic Freediver PADI Basic Freediver   Vaccine mandate for the city of Chicago begins January 3rd, 2022.  Because of this we will require proof of vaccination for all pool classes.  Face masks required in the store. The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It's a great first... Find Out More

Freediver Upgrade (must complete Basic Freediver First) Freediver Upgrade  (must have completed Basic Freediver first) Our instructor Anatoily 30m/98ft in cenote. Jan 2020 Vaccine mandate for the city of Chicago begins January 3rd, 2022.  Because of this we will require proof of vaccination for all pool classes.  Face masks required in the s... Find Out More

Private Basic Freediver Our instructor Anatoily 30m/98ft in cenote. Jan 2020 The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It's a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water s... Find Out More

PADI Mermaid

PADI Discover Mermaid Discover Mermaid Check out our Discover Mermaid Here! Midwest's only PADI Mermaid Center! Try mermaiding and discover why its becoming a popular way to explore any underwater environment in this highly flexible, and brief program to see how you like it SPECIAL!  $150 Only $50 Vaccine m... Find Out More

PADI Basic Mermaid BASIC MERMAID Congratulations!  Basic Mermaid Certification May 2022! Illinois' only PADI Mermaid Center!  $250 pp includes eLearning Vaccine mandate for the city of Chicago begins January 3rd, 2022.  Because of this we will require proof of vaccination for all pool classes.  Fac... Find Out More

PADI Mermaid Upgrade *Must have Basic Mermaid Certification PADI *MERMAID UPGRADE *Must have Basic Mermaid Certification* $225 $200 includes eLearning Illinois' only PADI Mermaid Center! Vaccine mandate for the city of Chicago begins January 3rd, 2022.  Because of this we will require proof of vaccination for all pool classes.  Face masks required in t... Find Out More

Private Discover Mermaid Private Discover Mermaid Midwest's only PADI Mermaid Center!   Try mermaiding and discover why its becoming a popular way to explore any underwater environment in this highly flexible, and brief program to see how you like it.   The PADI Mermaid Program is designed to be a rewarding and fun... Find Out More

Private Basic Mermaid Private Basic Mermaid $325 Midwest's only PADI Mermaid Center! The PADI Basic Mermaid™ course combines learning supporting knowledge and principles with a confined water skill development session to introduce the fun of fundamental mermaid diving. The course covers mermaid diving's background a... Find Out More

ReActivate, Refresh and Discover Scuba

ReActivate includes online course and pool session PADI® ReActivate™ $250 Proof of vaccination for all pool classes.  *Been awhile since your last scuba dive? It happens. But, what do you do in a current? What's the signal for "turn the dive"? What are the steps to a predive safety check? What is a predive safety check? Not sure... Find Out More

Refresher, pool only Has it been a while since you’ve been scuba diving? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? The Scuba Refresher is just what you need. It reacquaints you with diving so that you're back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day. Scuba Refresher $200 The ... Find Out More

Discover Scuba Experience Discover Scuba Diving Experience Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breath underwater? If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it in our pool. While not an actual scuba certificati... Find Out More

Intro to Underwater Archaeology Interested in learning more about underwater archaeology?  Complete 3 dives and learn how to map underwater including gridding a historic site and identifying historical finds.  This is a great opportunity to take your underwater buoyancy or photography skills to learn the basics for mapping historic sites.&n... Find Out More

Digital Underwater Photography Level 2 Do you have your own Underwater Digital Camera?  Now what?  One of the most popular specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.  The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you... Find Out More

Search & Recovery The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a... Find Out More

Underwater Pumpkin Carver Have you mastered the art of carving a pumpkin*? Do you want to put your skills to the test and add another level of excitement to it? Have you ever just wanted to wield a knife** underwater while fish swam around you? Then, the Underwater Pumpkin Carver certification is for you! You will learn trips and tricks to c... Find Out More

Zombie Survivalist Diver   This is it; the Zombie outbreak has finally come and devastated the world.  The zombie hordes are closing in on you and your fellow divers. Where will you go? How will you survive? Is it worth it when everything has dissolved into anarchy, death, and chaos? Luckily, all is not lost. You and your fel... Find Out More

Underwater Naturalist Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment. Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in... Find Out More

Rescue & Divemaster May 2021 Special PADI Rescue & Divemaster Special May 2021 Includes Rescue Class May 1 & 2, 2021 and Divemaster Course May 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2021 Rescue Crewpack Divemaster eLearning Divemaster Crewpack Does not include: Divemaster Application Fee of $128.00 payable directly to PADI Find Out More

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