Scuba Dive in Chicago

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It’s the weekend! If you have nothing to do why not take a SCUBA diving class!? You read that right. The words SCUBA diving and Chicago do not seem to go together. But if you are an avid Caribbean traveler and live in Chicago then you would want to know where you can get certified. This post will discuss 3 places where you can accomplish this feat! Not from Chicago? You can still check out the pretty pictures and the websites for scuba certifications in your area → here!

Learn Scuba Chicago

Location: 2338 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60647, 773-599-DIVE (3483), idive@learnscubachicago.org

Cost: $450-$499

What you get for the money: Basic SCUBA certification and you get to dive up to 60 ft with another certified scuba diver!

How to do that: Must be at least 15 yrs old. Also, must read book and watch DVD that is given to you and then pass a 50 question exam.  Complete 200m swim, 10 min water tread, a minimum of 3-4 pool dives, and complete 4 open water dives.

*You will need your own mask fins and snorkel.

For more information, check out the website → here!

Scuba Sensations

Location: 2425 W. Pratt Blvd Chicago, IL 60645, (312) 404-7785, rami@scubasensations.com

Cost: $400-$475

What you get for the money: Choose from eLearning or Small group classrooms (4 people). Price also includes student logbook, all classroom sessions, all pool sessions, use of SCUBA gear.

How to get certified: Must be 12 yrs and older, must be comfortable with basic water skills, and be in good mental and physical condition. Complete 4 classroom and 4 pool sessions which are each 3 1/2 hrs long. Complete 4 open water dives at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October, or you can choose to complete them on vacation or on one of their dive trips.

*Must bring you own mask, snorkel, boots, fins, and signal tube/safety sausage.

For more information check the website → here!

Underwater Safaris

Location: 2950 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, 773-348-3999, info@uwsafaris.com

Cost: $235-$500

What you get for the money: Learn about safety, equipment, and dive planning. Once course is complete you get to SCUBA with another certified PADI diver!

How to get certified: Must be 15yrs old and up. Complete classroom or eLearning, complete confined water dives, 10 min tread or float, and a 300 yard swim. Lastly, complete an open water dive in a lake, ocean, or quarry.

*You will need your own SCUBA quality mask, fins, snorkel and boots. Snorkel fins not allowed.

For more information check the website → here!

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Snorkeling

I am sure you will want to use your certification you worked so hard for right away. If you cannot make it on vacation soon, then you may want to check out some SCUBA diving places in the area. Well, if you are in the Chicagoland area, you are in luck because there is a Great Lake called Lake Michigan that you can dive at 😉 It may not be the crystal clear water you are thinking of but there are some historic wrecks in the lake. Windy City Diving has all the info → here!

If SCUBA diving does not seem to be your thing but you want to do more then just snorkel try skin diving. It is also called free-diving but this kind of diving is making breath-hold dives to observe aquatic life. No heavy tanks or equipment needed, just a mask, snorkel, and fins. You have to practice holding your breath because there is no breathing gear. I would recommend taking classes for this type of diving because there are important things you need to know regarding pressure and breathing techniques. To learn more about skin diving, click → here!

↓ You can check out the websites below that offer SCUBA gear ↓

http://www.divers-supply.com/scuba-gear.html

http://www.diversdirect.com

http://www.leisurepro.com/c/scuba

If you want to speak SCUBA click here → http://www.scubadivingintro.com/dive-speak-learn-scuba-diving-terms-phrases-and-slang

I hope enjoyed reading and found some good information here. Have a great weekend everyone!

♥Jillian