Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available. A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 12 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you will learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. Learning to dive is not difficult, it requires some time and effort. While taking the PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE, you’ll enjoy three phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Open Water Dives, and Open Water Dives.
How long will it take?
Your adventure begins with our PADI OPEN WATER DIVER certification course. This 2 week course consists of 2 classroom sessions and 2 pool sessions. Classroom sessions are held at the store on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00p.m. Pool sessions are held in our pool on Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. At the end of this course you will be ready to perform the 4 open water dives required for certification. We’ll make our open water dives at Haigh Dive Quarry in Kankakee, located about an hour from downtown. Haigh is a great place for recreational local diving and is the preferred place for dive training in the Chicago-land area. You can also join us on one of our exciting trips, or you can finish with a referral through any PADI dive center in the world.
What will I need?
Your own MASK, FINS, and SNORKEL, available at our Dive center with special student discount.
What does the course cost?
Part One. Class and Pool Session- $325.00 includes all materials and equipment needed for the course (Bc, Regulator System, Scuba Cylinder, and Weights). You bring, MASK, FINS, SNORKEL. We have an excellent selection at the dive shop to choose from with your STUDENT discount. There is a $75 class reschedule fee.
Part Two. Four Open Water Training Dives- $100.00 ($25 each dive). Equipment rental is extra if you do not have it (Bc, Regulator System, Scuba Cylinder, and Weights your student price $100 for the weekend). You will also need to purchase a log book, and pay Padi $45 for certification card. If you are taking the referral route there is a $25 charge for the referral. If you choose to finish your dives locally, there will also be a $25 per day entrance fee paid directly to the privately owned quarry.
Where can I go from here?
Continue the adventure with PADI’s Advanced Open Water diving program, your next step in exploring the underwater world. Stop by for more information on the Padi Advanced Open Water diving program, or visit the courses section of this web page.