ADVANCED OPEN WATER

The Open Water Course develops the capability to dive.
The Advanced Open Water Course develops confidence!

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to

  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deeper Water Diving(typically 60-100 feet)
  • Choose three more Dives from Buoyancy, Wreck, Search & Recovery or Dry Suit (extra charge of $180 for Dry Suit which includes classroom/pool for Dry suit, one additional dry suit dive for Dry Suit certification and use of Dry Suit for all Advanced Dives and the Dry Suit Certification.)

ADVANCED OPEN WATER $250.00

Consists of 5 dives done over two days

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Adventures in Diving Manual w/slate $47.65 ($42.90 for our Advanced Students).

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc...Consists of 5 dives done over two days.

2014 ADVANCED OPEN WATER DATES:

June 14-15
July 12-13
August 9-10
September 6-7

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


RESCUE DIVER

"Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

RESCUE DIVER $300.00

Consists of 1 classroom and dives done over two days

Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent, current Emergency First Response or similar first aid and CPR course.

Required Book: PADI Rescue Diver Manual w/ pocket mask $70.30 ($63.25 for our Rescue Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc...

2014 RESCUE DATES:

Classroom: Fri, May 2nd at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, May 3rd & 4th

Classroom: Fri, June 27th at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, June 28th & 29th

Classroom: Fri, Aug 22nd at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, Aug 23rd & 24th

Classroom: Fri, Oct 3rd at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, Oct 4th & 5th

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE
(CPR & FIRST AID)

First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors! The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency.

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses

  • BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations

Emergency First Response $75.00

One Evening classroom

Prerequisites: To enroll in Emergency First Response courses, you must care about other people and want to be able to assist them in a medical emergency. Non-divers Welcome!

Required Book: PADI Primary & Secondary Care Manual $17.80 ($16.05 for our EFR students). Includes DVD loan.

2014 EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE DATES:

Friday, April 25th at 630pm
Friday, June 20th at 630pm
Friday, August 15th at 630pm
Friday, September 26th at 630pm

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


ENRICHED AIR DIVER
AKA *NITROX*

Scuba Diving with Enriched Air Nitrox

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. You can typically stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this as their very first specialty.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what’s in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer.

ENRICHED AIR DIVER $150.00

Consists of ONE classroom session!

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Enriched Air Manual w.tables $65.65 ($59.05 for our Enriched Air Students). Includes loan of DVD. Strongly recommended that students bring their own dive computers and know how to set in Nitrox mode.

NITROX DATES*Complete in one evening!

Wednesdays at 6pm

Oct. 16th, Nov. 13th, Dec. 11th

2014: Jan 15th, Feb 12th, Mar 12th, Apr 15, May 14th, Jun 18th, Jul 16th, Aug 13th, Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th, Dec 10th

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


The PADI Dry Suit Diver course

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months—especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit. You learn

  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options

DRY SUIT DIVER $200.00

($180.00 if done in conjunction with our Advanced Open water)
Consists of classroom/pool and 2 dives done over one day

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent. Local diving experience strongly recommended.

Required Book: PADI Dry Suit Manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Dry Suit Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc...

2014 DRY SUIT CLASS DATES (Class/Pool Fridays at 6pm):

Class/Pool: June 6, OW Dives Sat June 14
Class/Pool: June 27, OW Dives Sat July 12
Class/Pool: August 1, OW Dives Sat August 9
Class/Pool: August 29, OW Dives Sat September 6

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level.

What You Learn

  • How to trim your scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water
  • Nuances in determining weight so you’re not too light nor too heavy by even a slight degree
  • How to streamline to save air and move smoothly through the water
  • How to hover effortlessly in both a vertical position and a horizontal position

PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY 125.00

($100.00 if done in conjunction with our Advanced Open water)
Consists of 2 dives done over one day

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Material: PADI Peak Performance DVD (must watch before class)

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc...

Open Water Dates: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


COMING SUMMER 2014:
WRECK DIVER SPECIALTY

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving exploring shipwrecks, and how to avoid common hazards
  • How to research and learn the background of your favorite wrecks
  • Wreck scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Considerations and techniques for entering intact wrecks
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four wreck dives under the supervision of you PADI Instructor.

WRECK DIVER SPECIALTY $250.00

Consists of classroom and 4 dives done over one weekend

Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Must be 15 years old. Local dive experience strongly recommended.

Required Book: PADI Wreck Diver Manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Wreck Diver Students). Includes loan of DVD. *Recommended reading, PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving.

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for local diving (wetsuit or drysuit), hood, gloves, BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, compass, dive knife capable of cutting line, slate, dive light (highly recommended: two dive lights, one primary and one backup).

Due to strict instructor-student ratio for wreck penetrations, class size will be limited!

For more information please call us at 773-348-3999


COMING SUMMER 2014:
SEARCH & RECOVERY

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up. Find lost items and lift them to the surface. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

What You Learn

  • Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
  • How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
  • How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
  • Limited visibility search techniques

SEARCH & RECOVERY SPECIALTY $250.00

Consists of 4 dives done over two days

Prerequisites: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent “OR” PADI Open Water with PADI Navigation Certification. Local diving experience strongly recommended.

Required Book: PADI Search & Recovery Manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Search & Recovery Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, compass, lift bag, etc...

For more information please call us at 773-348-3999


COMING SUMMER 2014:
UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR

The PADI Underwater Navigator Course

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat. Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.

What You Learn

  • Navigation patterns
  • Natural navigation (without a compass)
  • Compass navigation
  • How to “mark” or relocate a submerged object or position from the surface
  • Underwater map making
  • How to follow irregular courses with the Nav-Finder
  • Dive site relocation
  • How to estimate distance underwater

UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR 200.00

Consists of 3 dives done over one day

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Underwater Navigation Manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Navigation Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Required Equipment: Exposure protection for diving conditions (wetsuit or drysuit, hood & gloves for local conditions, wetsuit for warm water)BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc...

For more information please call us at 773-348-3999


ON AN UNDERWATER SAFARIS TRIP?
We offer:
BOAT DIVER
DRIFT DIVER
UNDERWATER NATURALIST
DEEP DIVER
NIGHT DIVER

(Each Specialty counts towards Master Scuba Diver)

BOAT DIVER COURSE: $100.00 plus manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

What You Learn

  • Dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards, how they differ from place to place and gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
  • Safely enter and exit the water
  • Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
  • Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives.
  • Locate basic boat safety equipment

DRIFT DIVER COURSE: $100.00 plus manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Students). Includes loan of DVD.

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

What You Learn

  • Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • An introduction to drift diving equipment -- floats, lines, reels
  • Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

UNDERWATER NATURALIST: $100.00

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment. Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

What You Learn

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

*DEEP DIVER COURSE: $250.00 plus manual/DVD $66.75 ($60.05 for our Students).

*Must be Advanced Certified to do this course
After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s exhilarating.

What You Learn

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 metres/ 60-130 feet
  • Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

NIGHT DIVER COURSE: $175.00 plus manual $36.00 ($32.40 for our Students). Includes loan of DVD.

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

What You Learn

  • Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyancy at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different

For more information please call us at 773-348-3999