Open Water Diver Certification McHenry County

Earning your Scuba Certification is easy! Simply complete these two steps.

First step: Academic and Pool Training

Second step: Open Water Training Dives

  • Complete the 4 Open Water Training Dives.

    • Locally with Sea Level Diving at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Details are below.

    • Or you can complete the 4 dives while on vacation.


Sea Level Diving's open water diver certification in McHenry County will let you dive into an underwater world! Our open water scuba course is your gateway to the depths of aquatic adventure. Whether you're a total novice or looking to officialize your hobby, our team of passionate professionals will guide you through the bubbles and into the blue. Imagine floating weightlessly among vivid coral reefs or encountering marine life in its natural habitat. It's not just diving; it's discovery.

That’s it, you now have a lifetime Scuba Certification with one of the world's largest certification agencies!

Ignite your sense of adventure as you embark on this scuba diving beginner course, designed to equip you with the confidence and skills for safe and enjoyable dives. From learning the ropes in crystal-clear pools to taking the plunge in the open water, each breath will draw you closer to the coveted certification. Don't just dream about the water's mysteries—dive into them with our open water diver certification in McHenry County! Contact us if you’d like more information.

First Step: Register for Academic & Pool Session

06-22-2024 9:00 am - 06-23-2024 5:00 pm


Second Step: Register for Open Water Dives

06-22-2024 7:00 am - 06-23-2024 3:00 pm


Detailed Open Water Course Description & Fees

Academic And Pool Training

We offer two options for attending the academic and pool training.

Option 1: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. Academic review is 9 am to 12 pm then the pool training is 1 pm to 5 pm both days. This will complete the academic review and pool training in only one weekend. Weekend training is limited to 6 students and there is a 45-minute lunch break at noon on both days. The fee for this format is $388.00.

Option 2: Two consecutive Tuesday nights for academic review and two consecutive Thursday nights for pool training. Weeknight courses are from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, finishing in 4 weeknights. Weeknight training is limited to 2 students. There are no meal breaks during the weeknight format. The fee for this format is $438.00.

Either option includes:

  • Lifetime access to Scuba School International (SSI) digital training materials. The training materials must be completed before your class starts. The digital training materials can be accessed via a web browser, tablet, or smartphone (use the app for tablets or phones). Along with the training materials, you’ll have access to a digital logbook, digital certification cards, locations of dive sites worldwide, and more.
  • Use of premium scuba equipment.
  • Referral certification to take with you on vacation if needed.

Proper fitting snorkeling equipment will increase your overall comfort and safety while scuba diving therefore, you are required to have your mask, snorkel, fins, and boots suitable for scuba. Our expertly trained staff will help you select your equipment, ensuring a proper fit. As a student, you will receive our Equipment Satisfaction Guarantee and a $50.00 discount on the course fee when you purchase your mask, snorkel, fins, and boots from Sea Level Diving.

You can register for our academic & pool training by calling or using our web registration. Don’t forget to register for the Open Water Dives too.

Private academic and pool training is available to fit most schedules.

The Open Water Training Dives
Completing The Open Water Training Dives On Vacation

Sea Level Diving's Scuba Bus

Sea Level Scuba Bus

You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire for the course. Depending on your answers, you may have to see your doctor before you can take the course.

Enroll in this one hour intro class if you're a little apprehensive and would like to try scuba before you take the full certification course.

Minimum age for scuba is 10 with some special considerations.