Choose Between Two Options
- $199 for an open-water dive certification course with equipment rental (a $399 value)
- $39 for a discovery dive (an $80 value)
Students complete chapters in their workbooks online, then review them with an instructor during a 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday session at the shop. Next, students plunge into the pool to learn to maneuver and use their gear in action. They can also opt for a weekend intensive course that packs one classroom session and two pool sessions into two days. Once students are ready, instructors lead them to a local body of water—typically Haigh Quarry or Lake Michigan, where Dive Right In runs a dive boat—to develop their open-water diving skills at depths up to 60 feet. The course includes all class materials and diving equipment except for masks, fins, snorkels, and boots—which students can bring or purchase from the shop. After the course, students receive one month of free equipment rental. Quarry entrance fees are an additional $20 per day.
During one-hour discovery dive sessions, students and instructors plunge into a pool to cover basic scuba diving techniques. Class time may be used toward an open-water dive certification, and all equipment is provided.
Dive Right In Scuba
One fish peeks out inquisitively from behind a lichen-covered tank. Others swim through the windows and railings of a sunken ship, passing odd artifacts such as an electric guitar or a sign reading "Tricycle parking only." Surreal scenes like these aren’t accessible to most landlubbers, but they’re part of a worldwide subaquatic playground for Dive Right In’s students and staff of certified dive instructors and instructor trainers. An SDI, ERDi, and TDI five-star instructor training facility, the shop is helmed by teachers who coach their customers to achieve RTSC standards, and employ many of the same skills they use to train police, fire department, and lifeguard dive teams.
Among the caves and wrecks of local quarries and Lake Michigan, instructors prepare their trainees to dive down as far as 60 feet, the farthest depth at which they can guarantee there’ll be no sea monsters. They also lead courses in TDI technical diving, diver First-Aid, and specialty certifications such as adventure or rescue diver. Inside the dive shop, techs sell and repair masks, snorkels, wetsuits, and gear such as dive computers, regulators, and tanks.
“Joe Bailey did a great job training my 10-year old son. Joe gave extra attention where it was needed and made sure my son was ready for his first open water dive. We...”
“Joe Bailey did a great job training my 10-year old son. Joe gave extra attention where it was needed and made sure my son was ready for his first open water dive. We were very satisfied.”