UNDERWATER SAFARIS, 2950 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 P: 773-348-3999 info@uwsafaris.com

Become a PADI Professional


Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Divemaster Class Tuition: $1275.00

Includes: Class, Divemaster Crew Pack with Instructor Manual, eRDPML, DVD, Divemaster and Dive Theory eLearning and taxes.

Does not include: Divemaster Application Fee of $122.00 payable directly to PADI

Prices subject to change



  • Certified as PADI Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver (or equivalent certifying organization), proof of current EFR or equivalent First Aid/CPR.
  • 40 logged dives to start, 60 logged dives to complete
  • 18 years of age
  • Letter of recommendation from Rescue Diver Instructor
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Clearance signed by a physician with the last 12 months

What you will learn:

During the PADI Divemaster program you will learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You will complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical exercises.

Knowledge Development eLearning and exams

  1. Diver Rescue
  2. Water & Stamina exercises: 400 yard swim, 15 minute tread/float, 800 yard snorkel swim, 100 yard tired diver tow, equipment exchange
  3. Diver Skills Workshop
  4. Practical Application:
  5. Dive Site set up and management
  6. Mapping Project
  7. Dive Briefing
  8. Deep Dive Specialty
  9. Search & Recovery Specialty
Divemaster Conducted Programs

  • Scuba Review in Confined Water
  • Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision
  • DSD in Confined Water
  • DSD Program-Additional Open Water Dive
  • DSD in Local Diving Open Water

Practical Assessments

  • Open Water Students in Confined Water
  • Open Water Students in Open Water
  • Continuing Education Students in Open Water
  • Certified Divers in Open Water
  • Professional Assessment

Equipment Requirements: You will need to provide all basic scuba equipment and some accessories such as dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc... It is highly recommended you use your own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.


Class & Pool Sat & Sun, May 12-13; OW Dives at Haigh Quarry Sat & Sun, June 2-3

Class & Pool Sat & Sun, Sept. 15-16; OW Dives at Haigh Quarry Sat & Sun, Sept. 22-23

Please call 773-348-3999 to sign up


The PADI Assistant Instructor program provides PADI Divemasters and those certified to leadership levels with diver training organizations, with additional training as instructional assistants and dive educators.

Tuition: $1750.00

Includes: Class, IDC Crew-Pak with Guide to Teaching and IDC eLearning and taxes
Does not include:Dive Theory eLearning $136.00 (if not done at the Divemaster level), Project AWARE Manual, Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline (all AWARE materials downloaded free: projectaware.org). Also must have CURRENT log book, OW Diver Manual, Adventures in Diving Manual, Rescue Manual, eRDPML with instructions and Divemaster Manual. Does not include $96.00 Assistant Instructor Fee payable directly to PADI. Prices subject to change.



  • Prior to signing up for Assistant Instructor Course, a letter of recommendation is required from the certifying instructor for Divemaster
  • Be a certified PADI Divemaster or have qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have been certified for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives including Deep, Night and Navigation
  • Have CPR and First Aid within 24 months
  • Be fit for diving and submit a medical statement signed by a Physician with the last 12 months

What you learn:

You build on your abilities to organize and supervise Scuba diving activities while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You will learn through: knowledge development consisting of self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations, confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations, open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations.

PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of:
Module 1: Academic Training: PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs; Developing Knowledge Development Presentations, Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties; Teaching in Confined Water, Conducting Open Water Training Presentations.
Module 2: Independent Study Knowledge Development.
Module 3: Practical Application; Confined and Open Water Teaching Presentations, Standards Exam, Dive Rescue Skills Assessment.

What you can teach:
Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor, Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor, Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor, Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses, Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course, Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water, Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions, Teach PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor after earning the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating. You may be able to Receive college credit for this class.

Equipment Requirements:
You will need to provide all the basic scuba equipment including dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch. It is highly recommended that you own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.


Class Friday Evening, July 20th, Class/Pool at Underwater Safaris Saturday July 21st, Open Water Dives at Haigh Quarry Sunday July 22nd

Class Friday Evening, September 28th, Class/Pool at Underwater Safaris Saturday September 29th, Open Water Dives at Haigh Quarry Sunday September 30th

Please call 773-348-3999 to sign up


Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Tuition: 1475.00

Includes: Open Water Scuba Instructor Course, Required EFR Instructor Course, EFR Instructor Pak and taxes.

Does not include: IDC eLearning (if not completed in AI). Also does not include $118.00 EFR Instructor Fee and $865.00 Instructor Examination with application fee payable directly to PADI. You will also need to bring the books and downloads you used for the AI to the OWSI Course. Prices subject to change.

FINANCING AVAILABLE! VA benefits available for the IE.


  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The EFR course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

What you Learn:

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least Two confined water teaching presentations, Two knowledge development presentations and One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills.

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

Course Orientation, Dive Industry Overview, General Standards and Procedures, The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching, Legal Responsibility and Risk Management, PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Course, Adaptive Teaching, The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy, Business Principles for the Dive Instructor, Adventures in Diving Program, Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diving Program, Rescue Diver Course, Divemaster Course, Diver Retention Programs and How to Teach the RDP.

You will demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation, performing a face down, nonstop swim for 800 yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part.

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

Equipment Requirements:

You will need to provide all the basic scuba equipment including dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch. It is highly recommended that you own scuba equipment as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.

Next Steps:

The Instructor Examination Calendar for Chicago 2016 is July 23 & 24, and October 8 & 9. After completing the IE you'll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor and other specialty courses to compliment your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.





Contact Us

2950 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-348-3999

M-F 11am-7pm; SAT 10am-5pm; SUN 12pm-5pm

Email Address:  info@uwsafaris.com