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Deep Diver


The Lure of the Deep

There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the Deep Diver Specialty course.



What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Deep Diver course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Online eLearning program.
  • Classroom Sessions: Discussion style interaction with an instructor.
  • Open Water Dives: Put it all together and experience your next level of diving.

During your independent study (eLearning) you will learn about:

  • History of dive tables and computers
  • Equipment needed for deep diving
  • Physics and physiology of deep diving
  • Emergency procedures for deep diving

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Testing and checking all equipment, i.e. depth gauges, bottom timers/watches and computers
  • Familiarization with the dive site
  • Descending to a planned depth and not exceeding any pre-planned limits
  • Monitoring depth/time/air consumption, figure all times on slate

During your open water dives you will:

  • Practice and implement what you learned during your classroom sessions.
  • Hang out, have fun and see what it is like to be on a dive vacation . . . Even in Kankakee.
  • Go diving! Explore the quarry or ocean.

If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

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We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Deep Diver certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Be certified as an Advanced Adventure Diver (or equivalent)
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Set up your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend one classroom session, about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Deep Diver Certification Dives

  • Four required open water certification dives done over two days.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.
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Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Suitable dry suit system or wet suit *
  • Hood *
  • Gloves *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins and Boots
  • Knife or cutting tool
  • Underwater Dive Light (minimum one)
  • Compass
  • Finger Spool or Reel with bolt snap (minimum 60′ of line, recommended 100′)
  • Signal Tube/Safety Sausage
  • Slate and pencil
  • Student Logbook

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Tanks and air fills
  • Contingency cyclinder setup
  • Weights

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training ($475):

  • Minimum of two students, maximum four
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training ($775):

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
  • Minimum of one student, maximum two
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program and all course materials
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing
  • All taxes