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.
Visibility Unlimited's brick-and-mortar scuba store has been stocking the best in fins, masks, regulators, snorkeling equipment, and other diving equipment for more than 17 years. Knowledgeable staffers help visitors pick out the best dive computer for their needs or fit them with a buoyancy control device (BCD) that can keep them floating comfortably in water.
Visibility Unlimited also caters to those who love to snorkel at Snorkeling Online, where carry a variety of snorkel gear in a variety of colors and sizes for any budget.
Got Air Scuba employs a staff of passionate, knowledgeable PADI-certified instructors. They teach a variety of classes, ranging from introductory courses to advanced specialty courses, such as a rescue diver course and Divemaster program. To facilitate courses, the dive shop stocks gear from ScubaPro and Bare Dive Gear. Once students have learned the ins and outs of breathing underwater, they can partake in a trip to an exotic locale. Past destinations have included Cozumel, Mexico, and some really big puddles.
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.
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.