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


Per Industry Standards, ALL classes are taught by insured PADI Instructors.

To keep our prices low, all classes are nonrefundable and there is a fee of $50 pp to change the date. 

PADI Open Water Diver Certification has three parts:

  1. Classroom OR *eLearning teaches about equipment, safety and dive planning.
  2. Confined Water (or pool) Dives develop basic scuba skills and Watermanship Assessment consisting of a 10 minute tread or float and a 300 yard mask/fin/snorkel swim.

      3. Open Water Dives where you'll demonstrate the scuba skills you learned in Confined Water
           but in an Open Water environment such as lake, quarry or ocean.

*PADI eLearning is a Premium option for the Open Water Class and is NOT mandatory.  Instead of book and dvd, complete the classroom portion online at home, the office or on an airplane!  Cost is an additional $150.00 if purchased directly with Underwater Safaris.  If purchased directly with PADI the cost is $185.00.  eLearning reduces class time by up to 6 hours and you can start TODAY!  Includes the PADI Enhancement pack.  eLearning is recommend for Weekend, Private or SLAM classes.

You will need your own Scuba quality mask, fins, snorkel and boots. This is basic gear that you will take with you wherever you go Scuba diving. Snorkel fins are not allowed.

If you like the water and adventure, you can probably become a PADI diver. Keep in mind the following:

  • You will need to fill out a medical form. Sometimes a doctor's approval is required before you can begin the class.
  • You must know how to swim. You don't have to be a great swimmer but you should be comfortable.
  • There is homework. You will need to read the PADI Open Water Manual, complete the knowledge reviews and watch the DVD. Books are included in the course fee. You also have the option of doing the PADI eLearning for an additional charge.
  • Minimum age for the group classes is 12 years old. See the Youth flyer for children ages 10-11.
  • Underwater Safaris options for the class/confined water portion of the Open Water Class:
  • Evening Group Class-$250 w.books OR $400 w/eLearning. Complete all of the class/pool in 4 evenings, *630PM-1030PM.
    • Option 1: Mon/Wed program for 2 weeks
    • Option 2: Tue/Thur program for 2 weeks
  • Weekend Group Class-$300 w/books OR $450 w/eLearning. Complete all the class/pool in one weekend. Meets Sat & Sun, *10AM-6PM.
  • Private Class-$450 w/books OR $600 w/eLearning.  Create your own schedule. Each additional person $350.00/500.
  • SLAM Scuba-$500 w/books OR $650 w/eLearning. One day program for divers with previous scuba experience. Additional person $400.00/$550


Mon-Wed (630p-1030p approximately) $250 w/books OR $400 w/eLearning.

Monday/Wednesday through April 2019   Online Sign up HERE

The start dates are highlighted and followed by consecutive class dates (i.e. Jan 7, 9,14, 16

Nov. 26, 28, Dec. 3 & 5
Dec. 10, 12, 17 & 19
2019 Dates:
Jan. 7, 9, 14, 16
Jan. 21, 23, 28, 30
Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13
Feb. 18, 20, 25, 27
Mar. 4, 6, 11, 13
Mar. 18, 20, 25, 27
Apr. 1, 3, 8, 10
Apr. 15, 17, 22, 24
Apr. 29, May 1, 6, 8
Tue-Thur (630p-1030p approximately) $250 w/books OR $400 w/eLearning

Tuesday-Thursday through April 2019 Online Sign up HERE

The start dates are highlighted and followed by consecutive class dates (i.e. Oct. 2, 4, 9 & 11)

Nov. 13**, 15, 20 & 23 (Nov. 13th is Tue/Thur/Tue/Friday due to Thanksgiving Holiday)
Nov. 27, 29, Dec. 4 & 6
Dec. 11, 13, 18 & 20
2019 Dates:
Jan. 8
, 10, 15, 17
Jan. 22, 24, 29, 31
Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14
Feb. 19, 21, 26, 28
Mar. 5, 7, 12, 14
Mar. 19, 21, 26, 28
Apr. 2, 4, 9, 11
Apr. 16, 18, 23, 25
Apr. 30, May 2, 7, 9

Weekend program, Sat & Sun,(10AM-6PM approximately) $300 w/books OR $450 w/eLearning. 

Weekend Online Classes through 2019 Online Sign Up HERE

2018 Dates: Nov. 17-18; Dec.1-2, 15-16
2019 DATES: Jan 5-6, 19-20; Feb 2-3, 16-17; Mar 2-3, 16-17, 30-31; Apr 13-14, 27-28; May 11-12; Jun 1-2, 15-16, 29-30;
Jul 13-14, 27-28; Aug 10-11, 24-25; Sep 7-8, 21-22; 
Oct 5-6, 19-20; Nov 2-3, 16-17; Dec 7-8, 14-15, 21-22


Local Open Water Certification Dives are done at Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, IL.  Price includes use of our equipment, 4 dives over two days and certification fees.  Price does not include transportation to Haigh Quarry, daily entrance fee at $20.00 per day/per diver, one extra air fill or incidentals.  Students must sign up and prepay in advance and come in the Tuesday before the dives to try on and reserve equipment and then come in on the Thursday or Friday before the dives to pick up their rental.

2019 Open Water Dates: 

May 18-19; Jun 8-9, 22-23; July 20-21; Aug 3-4, 17-18; Sept 14-15, 28-29; Oct. 12-13

Group Open Water Certification Dives Sign Up HERE

  • Local Group Open Water Dives: $275.00 on Weekends at 8am at Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL
  • Private Local Dives: $500.00 at Haigh Quarry, Kankakee, IL; $375.00 each additional person 
  • Referral Dives: Referral included at no cost so you can can do your dives at any PADI Dive Center worldwide. Prices vary. Dives also available on some Underwater Safaris Trips.

To sign up please call us at 773-348-3999 or CLICK HERE to sign up online.
If you're doing eLearning you must call us at 773-348-3999 to sign up!

Youth Divers

Jr. Scuba Diver: Divers must complete Modules 1-3 class & pool divers and Open Water Dives 1-2. All ages must dive with a PADI professional. Maximum depth is 40ft and they must dive with a PADI professional. 

PADI Standards state the student instructor ratio for 10 & 11 year old divers is 4:1 with no more than two children in the group.

Jr. Open Water Diver: Divers must complete full PADI Open Water Class & Pool & all 4 PADI Open Water Dives:

10-11 year old divers must dive with a parent, guardian or PADI Professional. Maximum depth 40 Ft.
12-14 year old divers must dive with certified adult. Maximum depth 60 feet.
15 year old divers and up are considered “adult” divers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Because of the physical requirements of Scuba diving and handling of Scuba equipment, a junior diver must weigh a minimum of 95 lbs and be at least 5 feet tall and 12 years old to participate in a group class at Underwater Safaris. Junior divers who do not fit the physical and/or age require-ments may take the Scuba lessons privately.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: Wetsuits are provided for student divers in our pool. Junior divers below the height and weight requirements listed above will need to purchase a well-fitting wetsuit. All junior divers must provide their own, Scuba quality mask, fins and snorkel. Strap fins, boots and full wetsuits are strongly recommended as junior divers get cold quickly. If Junior divers choose to do certification dives locally, they may be required to provide their own 7mm suits.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Junior divers must show they have the maturity and aptitude to comprehend dive related concepts in the PADI Scuba course taught at Underwater Safaris. For this reason, they will be held to the same performance requirements as adults in the classroom, pool & open water dives. Junior divers who fail to complete their homework prior to class will be assessed the same $25.00 remedial fee as adults. All releases and medical forms must be signed by both the student and a parent or legal guardian prior to the first day of class. The Youth Diver Responsibility and Risk Acknowledgment must be signed and the Youth Diver DVD must be watched by all 10 & 11 year old divers and their parent or legal guardian.


PRIVATE $450.00: Since our regular group classes will have up to 8 students and due to STRICT PADI instructor to student ratios, 10 & 11 year old students must take the class privately!   Each additional adult taking the class is $350.00 per person. If  two or more youths (10-14 years old) take the class together, the cost is $450.00 per person.

Weekend Group Class $300 w/books/$450 w/eLearning: 
Complete class/pool in one weekend. Must be at least 12 years old and meet the above height and weight requirement.

Weeknight Group $250 w/books/$400 w/eLearning: 
Complete class/pool in four nights, either our Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur class. Must be at least 12 years old and meet the above height and weight requirement.

Open Water Dives $275: 
Students 12 and older who meet the height/weight requirement may join the regular group Open Water Weekend however again, due to STRICT PADI instructor/student ratios, 10 & 11 year old students must do their Open Water Dives Privately at $500.00.  Cost for private Open Water Dives conducted the same afternoon as regularly scheduled Open Water Weekends are $400.00.

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