Despite a close encounter with a hammerhead shark, Learn Scuba Chicago's Captain Bob just keeps on scuba diving. The aquatic expert got an up-close peep of shark teeth on his very first Caribbean dive, yet has scarcely taken his flippers off since. He started Learn Scuba Chicago four years ago in a garage as a grassroots effort to build community. Captain Bob and crew lead diving courses, which range from thrilling dips for beginners to instructor certifications. The calendar is flexible so students can plunge into indoor pools at their own pace at a variety of locations, such as Water's Edge Aquatic Center in Bensenville, the UIC campus, and Northeastern Illinois University campus, with open water dives held at Kankakee's Haigh Quarry.
If you're looking for a way to switch up your tired routine, Chicago's Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop is the place for you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So as you can see, Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop is the place to be this weekend.
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.
Growing up in deserts of Saudi Arabia, Rami learned what it meant to be endlessly surrounded by a single element in every direction. He just found he preferred water to earth, taking up Scuba diving in 1994, and, after a brief midlife hiatus, making it his career. Now, as the owner and head-instructor of Scuba Sensations, he shares the passion that drove him over land and under sea halfway around the globe. He certifies new divers to go find their own adventures underwater, or helps advanced students hone their skills to take on new submersible challenges.
Take your family on a high-seas adventure for the afternoon! Rent one of the many ship-shape vessels available at Dive Chicago in Chicago.
Check out the restaurant at this club for a delicious meal.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Since 1974, the folks at Scuba Emporium have been educating clients in the art of breathing underwater. Inside the 7,500 square-foot facility you'll find two classrooms, where beginners sit down to learn the fundamentals of safety, how gear works, and what those dolphins are smiling about. After developing a solid foundation in the classroom, head to the pool to get a feel for scuba equipment, strapping on fins, masks, and tanks and splashing into the warmed water. Those who wish to get their certification will complete several dives, after which they can visit spots around the world and take advantage of diving opportunities.