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Per Industry Standards, ALL classes are taught by insured PADI Instructors.

To keep our prices low, all classes are nonrefundable and there is a fee of $50 pp to change the date. 


PADI Open Water Diver Certification has three parts:

  1. Classroom OR *eLearning teaches about equipment, safety and dive planning.
  2. Confined Water (or pool) Dives develop basic scuba skills and Watermanship Assessment consisting of a 10 minute tread or float and a 300 yard mask/fin/snorkel swim.


      3. Open Water Dives where you'll demonstrate the scuba skills you learned in Confined Water but in an Open Water environment such as lake, quarry or ocean.  Underwater Safaris does this locally May through October however however you can also do your dives at any PADI dive shop worldwide.  You have one year after completing the class and pool to do your Open Water Dives.

*PADI eLearning is a Premium option for the Open Water Class and is NOT mandatory.  Instead of book and dvd, complete the classroom portion online at home, the office or on an airplane!  Cost is an additional $175.50 if booked with Underwater Safaris or $195.00 if booked directly with PADI.  eLearning reduces class time by up to 6 hours and you can start TODAY!  Includes the PADI Enhancement pack.  eLearning is recommend for Weekend, Private or SLAM classes.  

You will need your own Scuba quality mask, fins, snorkel and boots. This is basic gear that you will take with you wherever you go Scuba diving. Snorkel fins are not allowed.

If you like the water and adventure, you can probably become a PADI diver. Keep in mind the following:

  • You will need to fill out a medical form. Sometimes a doctor's approval is required before you can begin the class.
  • You must know how to swim. You don't have to be a great swimmer but you should be comfortable.
  • There is homework. You will need to read the PADI Open Water Manual, complete the knowledge reviews and watch the DVD. Books are included in the course fee. You also have the option of doing the PADI eLearning for an additional charge.
  • Minimum age for the group classes is 12 years old. See the Youth flyer for children ages 10-11.
  • Underwater Safaris options for the class/confined water portion of the Open Water Class:
  • Evening Group Class-$250 w.books OR $445 w/eLearning. Complete all of the class/pool in 4 evenings, *630PM-1030PM.
    • Option 1: Mon/Wed program for 2 weeks
    • Option 2: Tue/Thur program for 2 weeks
  • Weekend Group Class-$300 w/books OR $495 w/eLearning. Complete all the class/pool in one weekend. Meets Sat & Sun, *10AM-6PM.
  • Private Class-$500 w/books OR $695 w/eLearning.  Create your own schedule. Each additional person $350/545.
  • SLAM Scuba-$550 w/books OR $745 w/eLearning. One day program for divers with previous scuba experience. Additional person $500.00/$695


Monday/Wednesday (630p-1030p approximately) $250 w/books

The start dates are highlighted and followed by consecutive class dates (i.e. Jan 7, 9,14, 16)  

2020 Dates:
Mar 2, 4, 9, 11
Mar 16, 18, 23, 25
Mar 30, Apr 1, 6, 8
Apr 13, 15, 20, 22
Apr 27, 29, May 4, 6
May 11, 13, 18, 20
*May 27, 29, Jun 1, 3   *Class is Wed/Fri/Mon/Wed due to Memorial Day
Jun 8, 10, 15, 17
Jun 22, 24, 29, July 1
Jul 6, 8, 13, 15
Jul 20, 22, 27, 29
Aug 3, 5, 10, 12
Aug 17, 19, 24, 26
**Aug 31, Sep 2, 9, 11 *Class is Mon/Wed/Wed/Fri due Labor Day
Sep 14, 16, 21, 23
Sep 28, 30, Oct 5, 7
Oct 12, 14, 19, 21
Oct 26, 28, Nov 2, 4
Nov 9, 11, 16, 18
Nov 30, Dec 2, 7, 9

 To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999, visit us in store or click
Tuesday/Thursday (630p-1030p approximately) $250 w/books OR $445 w/eLearning

The start dates are highlighted and followed by consecutive class dates (i.e. Oct. 2, 4, 9 & 11)

2020 Dates: 

Mar 17, 19, 24, 26
Mar 31, Apr 2, 7, 9
Apr 14, 16, 21, 23
Apr 28, 30, May 5, 7
May 12, 14, 19, 21
May 26, 28, Jun 2, 4
Jun 9, 11,16, 18
Jun 23 ,25, 30, July 2
July 7, 9, 14, 16
July 21, 23, 28, 30
Aug 4, 6, 11,13
Aug 18, 20, 25, 27
Sep 1, 3, 8, 10
Sep 15, 17, 22, 24
Sep 29, Oct 1, 6, 8
Oct 13, 15, 20, 22
Oct 27, 29, Nov 3, 5
Nov 10, 12, 17, 19
Dec 1, 3, 8, 10

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999, visit us in store or click

Weekend program, Sat & Sun,(10AM-6PM approximately) $300 w/books OR $495 w/eLearning.

2020 Dates:

Feb 22-23
Mar 7-8
Mar 21-22
Apr 4-5
Apr 18-19
May 2-3
May 30-31
Jun 13-14
Jun 27-28
Jul 11-12
Jul 25-26
Aug 8-9
Aug 22-23
Sep 12-13
Sep 26-27
Oct 10-11
Oct 24-25
Nov 7-8
Nov 21-22
Dec 5-6
Dec 19-20

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999, visit us in store or click


Local Open Water Certification Dives are done at Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, IL.  Price includes use of our equipment, 4 dives over two days and certification fees.  Price does not include transportation to Haigh Quarry, daily entrance fee at $25.00 per day/per diver, one extra air fill at $10.00 or incidentals.  Students must sign up and prepay in advance and come in the Tuesday before the dives to try on and reserve equipment and then come in on the Thursday or Friday before the dives to pick up their rental.

2020 Open Water Dates:

May 16-17
Jun 6-7
Jun 20-21
Jul 18-19
Aug 1-2
Aug 15-16
Aug 29-30
Sep 19-20
Oct 3-4
Oct 17-18 


  • Local Group Open Water Dives: $275.00 on Weekends at 8am at Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL
  • Private Local Dives: $500.00 at Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL; $375.00 each additional person 
  • Referral Dives: Referral included at no cost so you can can do your dives at any PADI Dive Center worldwide. Prices vary. Dives also available on some Underwater Safaris Trips.

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999, visit us in store or click

If you're doing eLearning you must call us at 773-348-3999 to sign up!


Youth Divers

Jr. Scuba Diver: Divers must complete Modules 1-3 class & pool divers and Open Water Dives 1-2. All ages must dive with a PADI professional. Maximum depth is 40ft and they must dive with a PADI professional. 

PADI Standards state the student instructor ratio for 10 & 11 year old divers is 4:1 with no more than two children in the group.

Jr. Open Water Diver: Divers must complete full PADI Open Water Class & Pool & all 4 PADI Open Water Dives:

10-11 year old divers must dive with a parent, guardian or PADI Professional. Maximum depth 40 Ft.
12-14 year old divers must dive with certified adult. Maximum depth 60 feet.
15 year old divers and up are considered “adult” divers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Because of the physical requirements of Scuba diving and handling of Scuba equipment, a junior diver must weigh a minimum of 95 lbs and be at least 5 feet tall and 12 years old to participate in a group class at Underwater Safaris. Junior divers who do not fit the physical and/or age require-ments may take the Scuba lessons privately.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Wetsuits are provided for student divers in our pool. Junior divers below the height and weight requirements listed above will need to purchase a well-fitting wetsuit. All junior divers must provide their own, Scuba quality mask, fins and snorkel. Strap fins, boots and full wetsuits are strongly recommended as junior divers get cold quickly. If Junior divers choose to do certification dives locally, they may be required to provide their own 7mm suits.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Junior divers must show they have the maturity and aptitude to comprehend dive related concepts in the PADI Scuba course taught at Underwater Safaris. For this reason, they will be held to the same performance requirements as adults in the classroom, pool & open water dives. Junior divers who fail to complete their homework prior to class will be assessed the same $25.00 remedial fee as adults. All releases and medical forms must be signed by both the student and a parent or legal guardian prior to the first day of class. The Youth Diver Responsibility and Risk Acknowledgment must be signed and the Youth Diver DVD must be watched by all 10 & 11 year old divers and their parent or legal guardian.


PRIVATE $450 w/books OR $645 w/eLearningSince our regular group classes will have up to 8 students and due to STRICT PADI instructor to student ratios, 10 & 11 year old students must take the class privately!   Each additional adult taking the class is $350 w/books/540w/eLearning per person. If  two or more youths (10-14 years old) take the class together, the cost is $450 w/books/$640 w/eLearning per person.

Weekend Group Class $300 w/books OR $495 w/eLearningComplete class/pool in one weekend. Must be at least 12 years old and meet the above height and weight requirement.

Weeknight Group $250 w/booksComplete class/pool in four nights, either our Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur class. Must be at least 12 years old and meet the above height and weight requirement.

Open Water Dives $275Students 12 and older who meet the height/weight requirement may join the regular group Open Water Weekend however again, due to STRICT PADI instructor/student ratios, 10 & 11 year old students must do their Open Water Dives Privately at $500.00.  Cost for private Open Water Dives conducted the same afternoon as regularly scheduled Open Water Weekends are $400.00.