Learn how to scuba dive! Instruction includes details about gear and equipment, water entries, surface dives, use of mask, fins, and snorkel, the science of scuba diving, and in-the-pool training with tanks. This class is the initial instructional phase to acquire your PADI diving certification.
Spring 2013 Sessions
The following are dates for each clinic session. Clinics run each Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 pm for two weeks after the start date.
- Session I: February 11-20
- Session II: March 4-13
- Session III: April 8-17
Please Note: A water assessment is required by all participants. The assessment involves either a 200-yard swim and a 10-minute survival float OR a 300-yard snorkel swim and a 10-minute survival float.
- Members: $245
- Non-members: $270
The fee includes instruction, all necessary equipment, dive log book, and use of the pool for instruction.
There is also a $138 fee for the PADI eLearning portion of the clinic. Unlimited access to the online instructional materials and information is available 24 hours a day for one year after registering.
Any questions about equipment needs, classroom materials or the clinic content should be directed to the instructor by calling (217) 352-3118.
- Step 1: Sign-up for one of the scuba clinic information meetings listed below. Attendance at a scuba clinic information meeting is required for all participants enrolling in a scuba clinic prior to the start of a session.
- Step 2: Officially register for a scuba clinic session by stopping by the Adventure Center in the ARC during the hours of 3-9 pm (Monday-Friday) and 3-7 pm (Saturday/Sunday).
- Step 3: Register for the PADI eLearning portion of the clinic. A password will be provided at the initial scuba information meeting in step 1.
at the Dive Shop
Midwest Scuba Center
1006 W. Anthony Drive
Dive shop clinics will run each Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:30 pm for three weeks after each start.
Phase 1: Instructional Phase (4 class meetings)
- 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 $165 for final certification. This second phase will be arranged through the instructor upon completion of the basic requirements covered in phase one.
For questions, please e-mail us at adventureRecreation@illinois.edu.