Basic Scuba Certifications

Want the freedom, excitement, and serenity that scuba divers experience? Join Learn Scuba Chicago’s crew and get certified to enjoy the bottom half of the world! Our recreational scuba diver courses includes lessons in dive theory, mastering skills in confined water, and final checkout dives to test the student’s knowledge and ability in open water. Once you successfully complete your training, you are allowed to dive within the recreational dive limits around the world. Sign up today to start your underwater adventure!

NAUI Scuba Diver — $450

Get certified up to 60 feet and the ability to dive with another certified diver!

Must be 15 years or older, with no major medical issues.

Knowledge Development

You’ll receive a NAUI book and DVD, which you’ll need to read and watch in it’s entirety. Then you’ll need to pass an 50 question final before your first pool session.

Confined Water

  • 2 basic swim tests — 200m continuous swimming (un-timed) and 10 minute water tread
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A minimum of 3-4 confined pool dives

Open Water

  • 4 Open water dives (two days at the quarry)
You will need your own mask, fins and snorkel. For your Open Water dives, you will need a watch that is waterproof up to 20 feet. You can purchase gear from a variety of brands, styles and price ranges directly from Learn Scuba Chicago’s shop. All other necessary gear will be provided for training sessions.
Fine tune your skills and increase your depth up to 120 feet to dive with sharks, in caves, and check out cool wrecks, oh my! Receive a 10% discount off NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver for being a return student.

PADI Open Water — $499

Get certified up to 60 feet and the ability to dive with another certified diver!

Must be 15 years or older, with no major medical issues.

Knowledge Development

You’ll receive a PADI book and DVD, which you’ll need to read and watch in it’s entirety. You will have to pass four 10 question quizzes, and one 50 question final. You only need to pass the first three quizzes to attend your first pool session.

Confined Water

  • 2 basic swim tests — 200m continuous swimming (un-timed) and 10 minute water tread
  • 
A minimum of 3-4 confined pool dives

Open Water

  • 4 Open water dives (two days at the quarry)
You will need your own mask, fins and snorkel. For your Open Water dives, you will need a watch that is waterproof up to 30 feet, and a safety signal. You can purchase gear from a variety of brands, styles and price ranges directly from Learn Scuba Chicago’s shop. All other necessary gear will be provided for training sessions.
Increase your depth up to 120 feet to explore at deeper depths! Receive a 10% discount off PADI Advanced Open Water for being a return student.

NAUI Passport Diver — $295

Get certified up to 40 feet with the restriction of diving with a Dive Master or Instructor.

Must be 12 years or older, with no major medical issues.

Knowledge Development

You’ll receive a NAUI passport packet to review 12 pages on the basic fundamentals of diving. There will be a 10 question True/False exam to take and bring to your first pool session.

Confined Water

  • 2 basic swim tests — 200m continuous swimming (un-timed) and 10 minute water tread
  • 
A minimum of 2-3 confined pool dives

Open Water

  • 2 Open water dives (one day at the quarry)
You will need your own mask, fins, snorkel and signal sausage. For your Open Water dive, you will need a watch that is waterproof up to 30 feet, and a safety signal. You can purchase gear from a variety of brands, styles and price ranges directly from Learn Scuba Chicago’s shop. All other necessary gear will be provided for training sessions.
Increase your depth up to 60 feet and the ability to dive with another certified “Buddy” as a NAUI Scuba Diver!

PADI Scuba Diver — $295

Get certified up to 40 feet with the restriction of diving with a Dive Master or Instructor.

Must be 15 years or older, with no major medical issues.

Knowledge Development

You’ll receive a PADI Open Water book, and DVD. You’ll need to read the first 3 chapters of the book, and watch the first 3 sections on the DVD. Then you’ll need to pass three 10-question quizzes before your first pool session.

Confined Water

  • 2 basic swim tests — 200m continuous swimming (un-timed) and 10 minute water tread
  • 
A minimum of 2-3 confined pool dives

Open Water

  • 2 Open water dives (one day at the quarry)
You will need your own mask, fins, snorkel and signal sausage. You can purchase gear from a variety of brands, styles and price ranges directly from Learn Scuba Chicago’s shop. All other necessary gear will be provided for training sessions.
Increase your depth up to 60 feet and the ability to dive with another certified “Buddy” as a PADI Scuba Diver!