Scuba diving has allowed humans to explore uncharted terrain and discover which of its majestic wildlife is delicious. Dive in to this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $25 for a 90-minute Discover Scuba class for one (a $50 value)
- $25 for a 90-minute snorkeling/skin-diver class for one (a $50 value)
- $49 for a 90-minute snorkeling/skin-diver class for two (a $100 value)
In the snorkeling class, students learn how to maneuver comfortably in mask, snorkel, and fins (provided if necessary, although Underwater Safaris recommends students bring their own), and make surface dives down to the pool's floor. Discover Scuba helps students breath underwater for the first time, suited up with provided gear. A PADI instructor covers some basic concepts before everyone enters the pool and learns to move underwater, with time left at the end for supervised practice.
All classes take place at Underwater Safaris' indoor swimming pool, which is heated to 84ºF. Students should be 12 or older and able to swim comfortably. ƒ
Certified divers may upgrade at redemption to Advanced Open Water, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Wreck Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor by paying the difference between the promotional value of the class and the upgraded class.
Behind Underwater Safaris' unassuming storefront lies an ocean. Light shines down on the water's choppy surface, and a pod of dolphins leap out of the water. But, like a tank of helium you forgot to bolt to the floor, they never come back down. The dolphin mural is painted, but the water is quite real: it's part of a PADI five-star facility where students prepare to explore waters across the world.
The journey to coral reefs and shipwrecks begins with the guidance of an experienced team of fifteen instructors. The center, which has been open since 1985, has taught thousands of snorkelers and divers from Open Water through to instruction. After introductory Discover Scuba sessions, the staff branches off into more specialized areas, such as diving at night, exploring underwater wrecks, or scuba diving as a career.
Underwater Safaris also hosts annual trips to scuba destinations around the world. Guided and independent adventurers alike are welcome to stock up on gear from brands such as Aeris and Aqualung in the dive shop.
What some people are buzzing about:
I just completed my certification class and was thrilled with the experience.Amanda R., Yelp, 2/11/11
The staff at Underwater Safaris is extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful aiding newbies and experienced diversIshea B., Yelp, 7/10/12
2950 North Lincoln Avenue
(between Southport Ave & George St)
Chicago, Illinois 60657