Learn Scuba 1-2-3 for $299 ! (3 steps) Scroll for more info below.

1.   Class: “eLearning” (about 7 hours of video, quizzes & test) 

2.   Pool sessions: (Two, 2 hour sessions on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings)

3.   4 Inland Lake Dives: (on 2 separate days, Saturday & Sunday) OR during your trip or ours !

Instruction and Charter calendar:

We offer: Padi dive instruction, Dive trips, Charters and Servicing of ALL BRANDS of equipment!

The Dive Center (Great Lakes Diving) is a PADI Dive Center

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Why be a Padi certified diver? 

Padi is the most recognized name in diving. With a Padi certification you have the knowledge and ability to dive worldwide without having a professional with you.



Open Water, the 1st Certification level: 

The beginning level of certification involves:

1. Online class (eLearning) of about 7 hours of video, quizzes and a final test

2. Pool, where we do a sit down review of dive theory, computer use and a quick quiz then into the pool to learn skills, (usually 2 evenings)

3. Four checkout dives in an open water lake, usually on a Saturday and Sunday morning

Open Water lessons can be done start to finish with us


partially, by doing any combination of eLearning, pool work and check out dives with us or elsewhere

See prices below


What You Will Need: 

To start your class you will need a Padi training dive logbook, 8 or so hours of free time (as flexible as you want, 24/7 in your shorts at midnight is fine) for online sessions (you can start and stop as you desire), 2 Wednesday evenings for pool sessions, and a Saturday and a Sunday morning for open water sessions.

The only gear you will need to own for your lessons is a mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves.  All other gear is provided for you free of charge (meaning: Wetsuit, BCD, weights, Regulator, tank and air).



What Do Lessons Cost?

  • $299 Full certification; online class (eLearning), pool & lake work
  • $299 Full certification; classroom, pool & lake work
  • $204 Partial; eLearning & pool work then referral to another center for check out dives
  • $204 Partial; classroom & pool work then referral to another center for check out dives
  • $95 Referral from another PADI Dive Center to us for check out dives only

Call for any other variations.

For eLearning $146 is paid to Padi when signing up and $153 is paid to our Dive Center prior to pool and lake start.

Private one on one or couples lessons are an additional $50 for pool or $150 for pool and lake work.

Pool sessions are held at our heated pool.
Open water work is held at our lake 25 minutes from The Dive Center and at Pearl Lake in South Beloit.

Extra costs (including but not limited to) such as dive site parking, your transportation fuel, lunch, etc are your responsibility.  All said costs are minimal and we will discuss what to expect prior to lessons or prior to going to dive sites.

** Private lessons are always available to meet your needs if your desire, schedule or deadline requires it. Otherwise we strive to schedule students into groups of 6. During the slower winter season a group of 6 or so may not be possible, at which time we will discuss with you a mutually acceptable price and scheduling solution.


Equipment Required:

You will be required to bring your personal gear and log book to all pool sessions and open water work. Wet suit, BC, regulators, hood and tanks will be provided at the site so you do not need to transport those items.


Advanced Open Water, the 2nd level of Certification:

As in everything, more experience makes you more comfortable. After the five dives you do in Advanced Open Water you will find yourself enjoying diving even more than when you had the first adrenaline rush in Open Water.

Padi’s Adventures In Diving program offers a number of possibilities for Certifications: Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver as well as many Specialty courses are available.


What do I need for AOW?

The prior Certification level …Padi Open Water Diver Certification (or the equivalent from another organization).
Minimum age: 15 or 12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver

Equipment needed for the class can be rented if you don’t own all of it. Gear can be rented on an “as you need” basis. A full set rental for class is $75 for the five dives. This includes a wetsuit, hood, BC, weights, as well as tanks for the dives. Students needing only partial gear rental can discuss that with the staff. Equipment will be delivered to the sites for you.


What do my five dives entail?

Padi requires that two of the dives be Underwater Navigator, and Deep Adventure dive; beyond that the other three are at your choice. (We do recommend Peak Performance, Night dive and Wreck Adventure dive) If you choose a Night Dive as one of your five dives, we recommend you have a knife, communication slate, and light set (rented or purchased).


Length of time for course:

Open water training: 2 days encompassing 5 dives
Recommended course hours: 16


Required course materials:

Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak (text book), Lights (primary, backup, night marker), Log Book, Adventures in Diving DVD
Personal gear.


Cost:  $199


Dives take place either at our private lake 25 minutes from The Dive Center, or in Lake Michigan aboard Calypso Charters.



     Padi e-learning:

What does it cover?

The online version of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course will include knowledge development for the two required topics, Deep and Underwater Navigation Dives along with five of the most popular elective dives. These include Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diver, Boat Diver and Underwater Naturalist. As with the PADI Open Water Diver course, the entire PADI Adventures in Diving manual will be available online to divers enrolled in the course as an alternative to the paper textbook. Experience real adventure and be one step closer to Master Scuba Diver, the ultimate non-professional certification in recreational diving. You must be a PADI Open Water Diver before participating in any inwater training.

How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.

What does it cost?
The PADI Advanced Open Water Course online is $138 US nonrefundable. The fee covers the knowledge development training as well as unlimited access to the entire PADI Adventures in Diving manual online. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will charge an additional fee for the inwater portion of your certification. You may want to purchase additional equipment through your PADI Dive Center or Resort as well.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.

Why does the course only cover these dives?
After surveying PADI Members around the world (particularly those who issue a large number of Advanced Open Water Diver certifications), these dives were identified as the most commonly offered.



Higher Certification levels offered:

Rescue Diver $200, Crew Pak included.

Master Scuba Diver $74

Dive Master $300 + Materials($236) and Application fee($29.50) 

Emergency First Response Provider

Various Specialties are also available



Equipment servicing:

We service all types and brands of equipment. Simply stop in or give us a call for an estimate and completion time frame.

Lake Michigan dive costs

We operate our Lake Michigan dives as a Membership Club.  Fee allows unlimited diving at the rates below. Club Fee is payable with your first dive fees. (You only pay if you dive that month!)

Monthly Membership Fee $3


Individual Dive Rates (minimum 3 divers to launch boat)

One-dive trip: $55 per diver, 2 hours, includes 1 – 80cf aluminum tank of air (if you bring your own tank, subtract $5. If you dive with extended time tank setups we must know in advance).

Two-dive trip: $80 per diver, 4 hours, includes 2 – 80cf aluminum tanks of air (if you bring your own tank, subtract $5. If you dive with extended time tank setups we must know in advance).



Our dive boat … Calypso. A 32 foot WellCraft with walk through transom to a full width swim platform. Plenty of room for 6 passengers and crew.


Boy Scout Merit Badge Program

Boy Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership development organization for boys where they discover their potential, connect with others and take action in their communities and the world. The Boy Scout Scuba Diver Merit Badge Program teaches a life long set of skills the boys will hold with them and use year after year for their entire life.

  To learn more please give us a call.




Lesson Refund Policy:

The Dive Center (Great Lakes Diving) understands that changing your mind after purchasing our lessons can be an uncomfortable experience, but at Great Lakes Diving we strive to make the process simple and straightforward.

We think you’ll agree that The Dive Center (Great Lakes Diving) has the best refund policy in the industry.

  • You have 61 days from the date of invoice to request a full refund on your credit card, or refund by check, as long as you have not started the course.

When it comes to textbooks and accompanying items, The Dive Center (Great Lakes Diving) will inspect them when you return them, as long as you haven’t used them you can return them for a full refund. If for some reason (including medical ones) you decide diving is not for you once you start in the pool or lake, we will refund all but the cost of textbooks, accompanying items and site fees, we won’t even ask why you’ve changed your mind.

To request a refund you may either bring the textbooks to our classroom where we will be happy to help you, or you can return the item by mail.

In order to process your return, please follow the guidelines below.

Non-refundable items:

Site fees … we would have already paid them on to someone else.

Mail exchanges and returns:

The Dive Center (Great Lakes Diving) will accept returned textbooks and accompanying items by mail if returned pursuant to the above terms and in a well-padded box. In fairness, we will expect you to pay the shipping and handling charges.