Diving can lead to adventures in exotic tropical locales and an exciting lifetime profession anywhere in the world. Scuba diving is the ultimate adventure sport where you live each moment and venture into places where no one else has been before. Experience weightlessness like an astronaut orbiting the Earth. Breath underwater while suspended in a cool, refreshing, aquatic world. See strange and exotic fishes and other denizens of the deep like only other certified divers do.
Learning to become a diver is an adventure in itself! Grab a friend and start at home with an educational system from your local dive shop. Join the millions of others who discovered scuba diving and changed their lives forever. Want more information? Scroll down and click on one of the dive operators listed below and get ready for the adventure of your life!
Your underwater adventure begins! Imagine the water level moving up you mask as you slowly go below the surface – and continue to breath! It’s the most exciting feeling imaginable and yours when you become a scuba diver.
Scuba diver or Open water diver is an entry level certification course during which you will learn the fundamental knowledge and skills of a safe and confident diver. When you complete the class you and your “buddy” will be free to explore and discover the many wonders of the underwater world… and, you will have earned a Scuba diver certification card.
Come on and dive in… a lifetime of fun, adventure, memories, experiences, and new friends awaits you!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN?
Your instructor will teach you about diving equipment, the science of diving, responsible diving practices, and the diving environment. You will also learn many skills in the water with practice time for you safety and comfort; and complete your basic training with four or five open water dives.
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?
As long as you are 12 years or older and in good physical condition, you can enroll in a Scuba diver course. Find a training center below, sign up for your class, and get ready to have FUN!
Once you become a certified diver, perhaps you want to further your training with an Advanced scuba diver, Rescue diver, or Nitrox diver course. Maybe you or someone you know was certified long ago and needs a refresher course. Perhaps ypu want to become a dive professional and go all the way to Divemaster or even become an Instructor! Whatever you scuba diving needs the shops listed below can help you realize your dreams.
LEARN TO DIVE
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE ABOVE TWO MODULES MAKES UP THE BASIC CURRICULUM AND EARNS YOU YOUR CERTIFICATION!
Upon successful completion of the basic course you will receive a certification card and be able to dive in open water without supervision, provided your diving activities approximate your training experience (note: divers under 15 years of age are required to dive with a parent or designated guardian). For example your basic level of training will usually be limited to a depth of 60’, therefore you shouldn’t make dives exceeding 60’ without special training. The maximum depth for all recreational diving operations is 130’.
The main focus of the basic course is your safety and enjoyment. The typical certification course is divided into two separate modules: Module #1 consist of classroom and pool instruction. Module #2 is full certification open water training. Let’s discuss each module.
In the classroom portion of Module #1 academics and theory will be addressed. In a final exam the candidate will demonstrate knowledge of diving equipment, diving physics, and diving physiology. In the pool portion of Module #1 the candidate will competently demonstrate some of the basic underwater skills required of a safe diver.
Full certification open water training. This is the practical application and skill transfer of the knowledge you aquired in the classroom and pool applied to the natural environment.
Scuba diving is a unique adventure sport in that it is structured so that you can take your dive training and experience to the highest level of certification and competency, if that is your inclination and motivation. Wtraining and experience you can become a Technical diver, Divemaster, or Instructor.
THE TRAINING SEQUENCE IS AS FOLLOWS
(1) Basic scuba certification, Entry level diver, basic skills.
(2) Advanced diver, addresses advanced academics and skills such as deep diving, navigation, and night diving.
(3) Nitrox diver, training which includes the use of enriched air mixtures having an oxygen percentage upto 40%.
(4) Rescue diver, addresses advanced lifesaving skills.
(5) Master diver, addresses high level advanced open water skills and a college level grasp of diving theory.
(6) Technical diver, training which includes (1) depths exceeding 130’ (2) overhead environments where the diver does not have direct access to the surface such as inside caverns, caves, or wrecks (3) dives on which the diver uses a breathing gas mixture other than air.
(7) Divemaster, a professional leadership designation which allows you to help instruct and guide diving clients worldwide.
FOR INFORMATION ON BASIC TRAINING AND ADVANCED TRAINING MODULES CONTACT THE TRAINING AGENCIES LISTED BELOW.
2738 E 2000 North Road
Kankakee, IL 60901
Do Dive In Scuba Center
8111 N. University
Peoria, IL. 61615
The Illinois Institute of Diving
438 Roosevelt Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
4417 N. Riverdale
Johnsburg, IL 60050, USA
93 E. Berkshire Dr. Unit C
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
DJ's Scuba Locker, Inc.
7840 Ogden Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534, USA
Ozark Dive Co.
204 N. 10th Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Phone: 573.778.DIVE (3483)
Minnesota Commercial Diving Training Center
712 Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218.829.1191 or 800.657.2822
CD's Pool & Scuba
23672 Old US 20
Elkhart, IN 46516
Fun 2 Dive Scuba
Locations throughout Florida