2014 PADI Open Water Course Dates
The classroom portion of the open water course is now offered on line through PADI's ELearning system. Books and videos are available when you register with PADI's ELearning program. We can spend more time with our confined water sessions and less time in a classroom setting (we are always available to answer any questions).
Register at PADI's website (make sure that Midwest SCUBA Center is listed as your "training facility"). The $138 fee includes books, video, and the online portion of your training.
You must attend one of our INFORMATION CLASSES, which are held ONE WEEK prior to the start of confined water training (dates listed below)..
Complete all four confined water training sessions. All necessary equipment is included as well as mask, snorkel, and fins
Once you have successfully completed all requirements in the confined water sessions, you will be prepared for your Open Water Training Dives. You may chose to complete those with Midwest SCUBA Center ($165 fee), or we will issue you a referral allowing you to be Open Water certified by any other PADI training facility of your choice.
Registration: To register, please call 333-8747 (TRIP) or stop by the Adventure Center in the ARC.
What To Bring: Participants must provide their own mask, fins and snorkel along with classroom materials (books).
Location: ARC Wet Classroom and Indoor Pool
Class Sessions 1 and 2: The first session serves as an orientation. Bring your swimsuit and items for note taking.
Class Session 3-6: The remaining 5 sessions will consist of one hour of classroom instruction followed by one hour of in-pool instruction.
Entry Level: Learning the Techniques of Scuba Diving
Phase 1: Instructional Phase (6 sessions)
use and function of gear and equipment
myths and facts concerning the sport
scuba diving areas and locations
water entries and surface dives
use of mask, fins and snorkel
in-pool training with tanks
classroom—science of scuba
Phase 2: Final Certification
To acquire your diving card an outdoor open dive and testing are required. There is an additional cost of approximately $155 for final certification. This second phase will be arranged through the instructor upon completion of the basic requirements covered in phase one.
PADI Open Water Certification Dive Dates
- Call the shop
You may choose any of these weekends to do your certification, but you must attend both days. On Saturday, your dives will be done at Kankakee Quarry (entry fee is $20.00-cash only). On Sunday, your dives will be done at Kickapoo State Park, Danville, IL.
You must provide your own transportation. Carpooling is suggested.
Drive time to Kankakee is 1.5 hours and to Kickapoo it is 35 minutes.
These weekends are limited to 10 people, so decide early and sign up ASAP. At that time you will need to have a wetsuit fitting, which takes about 5-10 minutes, and pay your certification fee of $165. You must have boots and adjustable fins to do these dives; if you don't, we can rent them to you for $20.
Dress warmly and bring some food and drink. You will also need your dive table/ERDP and your logbook.
On Sunday, you will need a picture (1"x2") for your certification card.