269 Liberty Rd
7307 N Alpine Rd
3224 N Harlem Ave
1855 Deerfield Rd Ste E
3402 Milwaukee Ave Ste 5
Explore the underwater world from the surface. While snorkeling is limited to peering down from the surface, skin divers generally venture further than snorkelers, making frequent surface dives to interact with aquatic life, up close and personal. 70% of the world lies just below the surface and this class will get you one step closer towards exploring the underwater world. Take your first step with confidence with helpful tips and suggestions to make the most of your glimpse into the watery world.
The best part is learning to use your mask, fins and snorkel so you don't miss a moment of underwater action. Whether you're looking at your local freshwater lake or the big blue ocean, you'll have a new perspective on just about every body of water. You can use your new aquatic skills to explore a brand new world.
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999.
At least 8 years old and must know how to swim and be comfortable in the water.
Swimsuit and towel. Although it is strongly recommended you have your own mask, fins and snorkel if you don't, we will provide them for you.
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. PADI Open Water Diver Certification has three parts:
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 $150 if purchased directly with Underwater Safaris. If purchased directly with PADI the cost is $185. eLearning reduces class time by up to 6 hours and you can start TODAY! Includes the PADI Enhancement package. eLearning is recommended for Weekend, Private and SLAM classes.
If you like the water and adventure, you can probably become a PADI diver. Keep in mind the following:
Sometimes a doctor's approval is required before you can begin the class.
You don't have to be a great swimmer but you should be comfortable.
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.
See the Youth flyer for children ages 10-11.
Underwater Safaris options for the class/confined water portion of the Open Water Class:
Complete all of the class/pool in 4 evenings, 6:30PM-10:30PM. Option 1: Mon/Wed program for 2 weeks; Option 2: Tue/Thur program for 2 weeks.
Complete all the class/pool in one weekend. Meets Sat & Sun, 10AM-6PM.
Create your own schedule.
One day program for divers with previous scuba experience.
Start Dates: 2018: Jun. 11, 25; Jul. 9, 23; Aug. 6, 20; Sep. 5 (Sep 5 class is Wed/Fri-Mon/Wed due to Labor Day), 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29; Nov. 12, 26; Dec. 10.
Start Dates: 2018: Jul. 10, 24.; Aug. 7, 21; Sep.4, 18; Oct. 2, 16, 30; Nov. 13 (Nov. 13th is Tue/Thur/Tue/Friday due to Thanksgiving Holiday), 27; Dec. 11.
Start Dates: 2018: Jun. 2-3, 16-17, Jul. 14-15, 28-29; Aug 11-12, 25-26; Sep. 8-9, 22-23; Oct. 6-7, 20-21; Nov. 3-4, 17-18; Dec.1-2, 15-16.
Underwater Safaris Options for Open Water Certification Dives:
On Weekends at 8am at Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL.
At Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL; $375 each additional person.
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.
Oh yeah, and your books!
Register early as space is limited. In order to keep our class prices low, no refunds on classes or Open Water Dives. There is a $50 fee to change class dates.
Fees are forfeited for no-shows.
2018: Jun. 9-10, 23-24; Jul. 7-8, 21-22 Aug. 4-5, 18-19; Sep. 15-16, 29-30; Oct. 13-14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Since 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*! If two or more youths (10-14 years old) take the class together.
Complete class/pool in one weekend. Must be at least 12 years old and meet the above height and weight requirement.
Complete 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.
Students 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*! Cost for private Open Water Dives conducted the same afternoon as regularly scheduled Open Water Weekends (discounts available on this price for families).
Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
Includes: Class, Divemaster Crew Pack with Instructor Manual, eRDPML, DVD, Divemaster and Dive Theory eLearning and taxes. Does not include: Divemaster Application Fee of $122 payable directly to PADI. Financing Available!
During the PADI Divemaster program you will learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You will complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical exercises.
You will need to provide all basic scuba equipment and some accessories such as dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc... It is highly recommended you use your own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.
400 yard swim, 15 minute tread/float, 800 yard snorkel swim, 100 yard tired diver tow, equipment exchange.
Please call 773-348-3999 to sign up.
The PADI Assistant Instructor program provides PADI Divemasters and those certified to leadership levels with diver training organizations, with additional training as instructional assistants and dive educators.
Includes: Class, IDC Crew-Pak with Guide to Teaching and IDC eLearning and taxes. Does not include: Dive Theory eLearning $136 (if not done at the Divemaster level), Project AWARE Manual, Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline (all AWARE materials downloaded free: projectaware.org). Also must have CURRENT log book, OW Diver Manual, Adventures in Diving Manual, Rescue Manual, eRDPML with instructions and Divemaster Manual. Does not include $96 Assistant Instructor Fee payable directly to PADI. Prices subject to change. Financing Available!
You build on your abilities to organize and supervise Scuba diving activities while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You will learn through: knowledge development consisting of self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations, confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations, open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations.
Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor, Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor, Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor, Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses, Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course, Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water, Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions, Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating. You may be able to Receive college credit for this class.
You will need to provide all the basic scuba equipment including dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch. It is highly recommended that you own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.
PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of:
Academic Training: PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs; Developing Knowledge Development Presentations, Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties; Teaching in Confined Water, Conducting Open Water Training Presentations.
Independent Study Knowledge Development.
Practical Application; Confined and Open Water Teaching Presentations, Standards Exam, Dive Rescue Skills Assessment.
Hydrostatic Test, Visual Inspection & Fill.
Must have proof of purchase to obtain warranty parts! Normal repair time approximately 4-5 weeks!
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free with package purchase
includes: battery, labor, shipping and insurance.