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    Intro Scuba Diving

    Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop
    It's not very easy to scuba in the city. When you dive in Chicago, you might be as likely to find a tire as you are an exotic fish. This Intro to Scuba class is a safe, enjoyable way to expose yourself to what a deep sea adventure may hold. Start your scuba workshop in the classroom, where you'll learn the basics of scuba diving. Once you've gathered the fundamentals, grab a mask and take dive to apply those fundamentals you've just learned. How deep can you dive?
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    Chicago KayOuts

    Wateriders Kayak Tours and Rentals
    Rather play than go to the gym? Give yourself a break without blowing your fitness goals during this calorie-burning expedition! You'll be taking to the Chicago River through Downtown Chicago with some high-tempo paddling. Whether you've kayaked before or not, you'll find yourself in good hands thanks to the experienced staff at Wateriders. You'll also be able to choose your own pace, putting yourself to the test with an all-out row, or enjoying a more leisurely tempo. The towering architecture on either side makes for a great backdrop to workout, and chances are you'll be having so much fun you'll hardly notice you're breaking a sweat. This is also a great way to improve your kayaking skills with a group of fellow adventurists who share your own expeditious wavelengths. The gym will be there when you get back. Adventure waits for nobody.
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    Night Hike

    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    There's nothing in the world like a night hike -- even if you know an area, if you've only been there during the day, you've barely seen the half of it. Come see the other half of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens on this majestic Night Hike. You'll travel through one of the most beautiful Oak preservations in the world, walking under the stars and seeing tons of animals that only come out at night. You'll be charmed by the serenity of the evening, while being amazed by the bustle of animal activity that begins with sunset. Don't let yourself miss out on the wonder that is nighttime nature-- you'll thank yourself later.
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    Fireworks Paddle

    Kayak Chicago
    Blow up your previous notions of a fun with an urban escapade for the ages! You'll have the best seats in the city to watch the Navy Pier fireworks show. That's because you'll be sitting in a kayak directly below as blasts of color light up the tranquil waters around you! But half the fun is in getting there and back, as this kayaking escape takes you down the Chicago River at night, with the lights of the buildings rising high on either side. All told, you'll venture six miles on the water, making for a nighttime row you can savor. While some athletic ability is recommended, all skill levels are welcome on this voyage, whether you've ever stepped foot into a kayak or not. Let the thrill of the night ignite your imagination, and add a little spark to your life!
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    Scuba Introduction

    Scuba Emporium
    Do you have a yearning sense of adventure? Are you more comfortable in water than on land? Discover scuba diving under the supervision of a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) professional! Learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including the core basic concepts, and scuba skills. When you participate in this class, you will discover the freedom of the waters and even your own serenity. As soon as you complete this class, which includes an informative lesson as well as a diving lesson, you'll be on your way to an internationally recognized certification. Get ready to dive today!
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    PADI Full Scuba Certification Weekend Course

    Got Air Scuba
    The only thing that tops a weekend of diving is one that ends with getting a scuba certification! Show your talents, execute skill exercises, and tour the waters of a quarry environment. You'll discover, with ease, how simple it can be to navigate the watery scenery and explore the aquatic world. Weekend one consists of the classroom/pool training portion of the course. After that you will be ready to schedule your Open Water Certification Dives. The first day will focus on the first two of four dives, and the second day will focus on the last two. After the fourth dive, you'll be a certified scuba diver for life! You'll get to view the waterscape like you've never seen before!
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    Cross Country Skiing

    Discovery Center
    When you think "Chicago," cross country skiing likely doesn't come to mind. It's generally pizza, hot dogs, and "DA BEARS." Invigorate your body this winter and undertake the viking pastime of cross country skiing. Geared towards beginners, take advantage of the parks and forest preserves that have become a hot bed for cross country skiing in Chicago. An alternative to winter running, cross country skiing provides an excellent cardio boost during what would be your bear-like hibernation. Spend a day getting in shape and enjoying the nature within Chicago. Who knows? Maybe you just found your next big hobby.
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    Beginner Scuba Diving

    Sea Lions Dive Center
    Scuba diving may seem a bit intimidating, but there's always a place to start! This class is designed for those who have decided to give scuba diving a try. Have no prior experience? No problem! You will learn how to use the necessary dive equipment and how to breathe underwater. The skills you gain will be important parts of learning scuba diving to the fullest. Come and prepare yourself for scuba certification. Immerse yourself in the enjoyment of transversing the water with ease.
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    White Water Rafting

    Discovery Center
    Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting as you and your friends raft Indiana's only whitewater river, the St. Joseph. After a short ride from Chicago, you join your rafting guides at the St. Joseph River. You'll receive an introduction to rafting before taking on some of the most challenging rapids in the Midwest. Seriously, this area draws Olympic winners and National Champions. Laugh, shout and have the time of your life as you repeat your thrill ride over and over again. Whether you come alone or in a group, experience an excellent introduction to whitewater rafting. After the trip you'll stop for food and drinks, with the first drink on the house!
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Kayak Chicago
    Maybe you're missing a sense of adventure in your life. Or maybe you just can't get enough of it. Or maybe you really, really like getting wet. Whatever the reason, this introductory Stand up Paddle Boarding course is sure to hit the mark. Designed for those new to the sport, you'll be practicing the fundamentals in the controlled environment of an olympic-sized swimming pool. You'll get an introduction into the board itself, learning about different types and parts of kayaks, and familiarizing yourself with all of the nomenclature. Then you'll work on paddle stroke techniques on the water, as well as practicing capsizing contingencies, such as wet exits and cowboy rescues. After this class is complete, you'll have the foundation you need to take the next steps in mastering a sport that will open the way to a lifetime of adventure. Or getting wet. Whichever.
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