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

Continuing Education 
Per PADI Standards, ALL of our Continuing Education Classes are taught by insured PADI Instructors.


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)
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Wreck
  • Buoyancy or substitute Dry Suit for Buoyancy (extra charge of $225 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 plus book
Consists of 5 dives done over two days at Haigh Quarry

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Adventures in Diving Manual w/slate $56.90 ($51.21 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, Dive Computer, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel. Consists of 5 dives done over two days.

2018 ADVANCED OPEN WATER DATES:
June 16-17
July 14-15
August 11-12
September 8-9
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 plus crewpack
Consists of 1 classroom and dives done over two days at Haigh Quarry

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 $83.50 ($75.15 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... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel.

2018 RESCUE DATES:
Classroom: Fri, June 29 at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, June 30 & July 1

Classroom: Fri, August 24 at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, AUGUST 25 & 26

Classroom: Fri, October 5 at 6pm
O/W Dives: Sat & Sun, October 6 & 7
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 plus book
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 $21.10 ($18.99 for our EFR students). Includes DVD loan.

2018 EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE DATES:
Friday, June 22 at 6:00pm
Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:00pm
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 plus book
Consists of ONE classroom session!


Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Enriched Air Manual w.tables $77.90 ($70.11 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.

Complete in one evening!  Wednesdays at 6pm
2018 Enriched Air (Nitrox) Classes 

Jul. 11, Aug. 8, Sep. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


Equipment Specialist


Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment.  The PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments.  You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

What You Learn

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations.  Your instructor will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

Equipment Specialist $125.00 *

*Includes Equipment Touch Digital Manual and Certification ($52.00 value)

Complete in ONE evening

 

Wednesday, August 1 at 6pm

Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6pm


Digital Underwater Photographer

Do you have your own Underwater Digital Camera?  Now what?  One of the most popular specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.  The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly. 

What you learn:

  • The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly
  • Principles for good composition of underwater images
  • Practical techniques to take great photos with your camera
Digital Underwater Photographer
$200.00 plus book
Consists of confined water and 2 Open Water Dives all at Haigh Quarry
Saturday, Aug. 18 at 1pm
Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1pm

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water Divers.

Required Book: PADI Digital Photo Pack $50.00 (Regular price $61.50

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

Dry Suit Diver 

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 $250.00 plus book
($225.00 if done in conjunction with our Advanced Open water)
Consists of classroom/pool and 2 dives done over one day at Haigh Quarry

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

Required Book: PADI Dry Suit Manual $42.90 ($38.61 for our Dry Suit Students). Includes loan of DVD.

Required Equipment: Includes use of dry suit for pool and ow dives. BCD, regulator with octopus and gauges, mask, fins, snorkel, tank, weights, etc... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel.
Private Dry Suit Class/Pool: $450.00, each additional person $350.00

2018 DRY SUIT CLASS DATES (Class/Pool Fridays at 6pm):

Class/Pool: Fri. June 15; OW Dives Sat. June 16
Class/Pool: Fri. July 13; OW Dives Sat. July 14
Class/Pool: Fri. Aug 10; OW Dives Sat. Aug. 11
Class/Pool: Fri. Aug. 31; OW Dives Sat. Sept. 8
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
($75.00 if done in conjunction with our Open Water OR Advanced Open water)
Consists of 2 dives done over one day at Haigh Quarry

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Material: PADI Peak Performance 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... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel.

Offered ANY Open Water or Advanced Weekend. *Must be reserved & prepaid!
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999
 

Wreck Diver 

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

Required Book: PADI Wreck Diver Manual $42.90 ($38.51 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 and compass (Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel). Students must also have a, dive knife capable of cutting line, slate, dive light (highly recommended: two dive lights, one primary and one backup).

Wreck Diver Class $300.00 plus book
Consists of 4 dives over 2 days at Haigh Quarry

2018 WRECK DIVER DATES:

Sat & Sun, Aug. 4 & 5
Sat & Sun, Sept. 15 & 16
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999


Due to strict instructor-student ratio for wreck penetrations, class size will be limited!
2018 Wreck Class Dates TBA
For more information please call us at 773-348-3999

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
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 $42.90 ($38.61 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... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel & lift bag.

Search and Recovery $300 plus book
Consists of 4 dives over 2 days at Haigh Quarry

2018 Search & Recovery Dates:

Sat. & Sun, July 7 & 8
Sat. & Sun, Aug. 4 & 5
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999

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
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Required Book: PADI Underwater Navigation Manual $42.90 ($38.61 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... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel.

Underwater Navigator $200 plus book
Consists of 3 dives at Haigh Quarry

2018 Underwater Navigation Dates:

Sat. July 7 at 1pm
Sat. Sept. 29 at 1pm
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999



UNDERWATER NATURALIST   

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


Underwater Naturalist $150.00
Consists of 2 dives at Haigh Quarry

2018 Underwater Naturalist Dates:

Sun, Aug 18 at 1pm
To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999

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... Rentals available for everything except mask, fins and snorkel.

PADI SELF RELIANT DIVER 

Although most scuba dives are made with a buddy, an experienced diver may want or need to make dives without a partner. During the Self-Reliant Diver course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone and the value of equipment redundancy and necessary back-up gear. During three scuba dives, you develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team.

Prerequisites:
  1. Be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  2. Have a minimum 100 logged dives.
  3. Be 18 years of age or older.
  4. Successfully complete a dive skills assessment by a PADI Self-Reliant Diver Specialty Instructor.

Equipment Requirement:
  1. Standard dive equipment: BCD, Regulator with octo, depth & pressure gauge, exposure suit, mask, fins, snorkel, etc...
  2. Surface marker buoy, such as a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) or lift bag with at least 30 metres/100 feet of line.
  3. Redundant gas source - pony cylinder, twin cylinders with isolation valve or sidemount configuration. Redundant gas supply must be configured so that the diver can access it with one hand.
  4. Redundant depth gauge and bottom timer, or dive computer.
  5. Redundant surface signaling devices (both visual and audible)
  6. Knife/cutting tool (except where locally prohibited)
  7. Slate and pencil
  8. Back-up mask (recommended)

This course covers when diving alone may be applicable, and the need  to compensate for those situations, including dive planning, life support system readiness, adaptive training, equipment and responsibility.

PADI Self-Reliant Diver!
$250.00
 
Saturday, Sept. 15th at Haigh Quarry at 1pm

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

(Each Specialty counts towards Master Scuba Diver)

BOAT DIVER COURSE: $100.00 plus manual $42.90 ($38.61 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 $42.90 ($38.61 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

 *DEEP DIVER COURSE: 

$250.00 plus manual $42.90 ($38.61 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:

$200.00 plus manual $42.90 ($38.61 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

Contact Us

Address:
2950 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-348-3999

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

Email Address:  info@uwsafaris.com