sea lions dive center

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Instructors train students in basic skills & knowledge during pool sessions, let them explore open water, or combine both for certification

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Choose from Three Options

  • $230 for a full PADI open-water-certification course (a $475 value)

Instructors take their participants through the knowledge-development course, confined-water dives, and open-water dives.

  • $145 for an advanced open-water PADI-certification course (a $300 value)

In full scuba gear, instructors guide students into the fish-rich waters of Haigh Quarry in Kankakee to practice basic and more advanced scuba techniques in an outdoor environment. A platform just above the quarry bottom prevents visibility obstruction from silt and the underwater dog from getting out.

  • $135 for a PADI open-water referral, knowledge development, and confined-water course (a $275 value)

Instructors help students develop their knowledge of scuba principles, such as water pressure and how to set up dive gear, before guiding them into confined-pool sessions, where they teach dive technique and emergency procedures. Customers can choose between two 4.5-hour pool sessions or four 2-hour sessions.

Classes take place at the Prairie Valley Family YMCA in Elgin or the Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg, although students must visit the Sea Lions Dive Center first to complete paperwork. Each course includes tanks, regulators, gauges, buoyancy-compensator jackets, weights, and belts. However, students must bring or rent their own masks, snorkels, boots, and fins. All students also receive 10% off purchases at the shop, including masks, which can be swapped out for free if they don't fit.

Sea Lions Dive Center

A five-star PADI instructor-development center, Sea Lions Dive Center gathers a team of friendly instructors who train aspiring divers and budding dive instructors toward their certification. They help students plunge into the water at local quarries and in Lake Michigan for technique-refresher courses and open-water-dive certification, as well as specialized training in cavern and ice diving, underwater digital photography, and advanced fish heckling. When not leading local classes and helping to maintain the dive shop's relaxed atmosphere, staff instructors also lead monthly trips to regional destinations, such as North Carolina and Florida, or the far-flung waters of the Maldives and Indonesia.

Customer Reviews

My wife and I had a great time with staff at Sea Lion's. A big thanks to Frank!!! You are an outstanding instructor! Mike & Tricia
Mike K. · November 4, 2012
I have to say, Joannah is by far one of the best instructors!! She helped us out and made sure everyone knew everything and was comfortable do we all passed the tests! Her helpers are VERY nice and knowable, and patient. Highly recommend!!!!
Tim R. · September 26, 2013
Definitely a great experience from great people!
Virginia D. · July 23, 2013

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