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    Intro Scuba Diving

    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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    Intro Scuba Diving

    6201 W Touhy Ave, Chicago

    • Discuss the basics of scuba diving, including equipment, safety precautions, and types of dives
    • Practice diving and breathing techniques in the pool
    • Enjoy the benefits of a scuba class before going on your very first dive
    • No experience necessary
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    Chicago KayOuts

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    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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    Chicago KayOuts

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a high-tempo workout while kayaking through Downtown Chicago
    • Take a break from your regular exercise routine without falling off track
    • Build your upper body strength with an efficient low-impact workout
    • Satiate your adventurous side while developing your paddling skills
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    Fireworks Paddle

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    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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    Fireworks Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a nighttime kayaking adventure below the glittering city via the Chicago River
    • Park your kayak off of Navy Pier and take in a thrilling fireworks show
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel the adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    Scuba Introduction

    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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    Scuba Introduction

    12003 S Cicero Ave, Alsip

    • Experience the thrill of scuba diving
    • Practice diving under the supervision of a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) professional
    • Discover scuba diving techniques firsthand in a pool or pool-like conditions
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    PADI Full Scuba Certification Weekend Course

    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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    PADI Full Scuba Certification Weekend Course

    1001-G Nicholas Blvd, Elk Grove Village

    • Dive to new depths while completing the four dives necessary for a full, lifetime scuba certification
    • Enjoy the inspiring feeling of being submerged underwater with the capacity for insight and exploration
    • Become fully equipped with knowledge of scuba safety precautions and equipment
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    Beginner Scuba Diving

    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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    Beginner Scuba Diving

    7219 Olde Salem Cir, Hanover Park

    • Try scuba diving for the first time with a class that gets you acquainted with diving
    • Learn the procedures and steps to making your scuba diving desires a reality
    • Explore the different gear depending on if you're diving in tropical, temperate, or cold water
    • Take your first steps towards getting a scuba certification
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    White Water Rafting

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    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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    White Water Rafting

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting!
    • Learn the fundamentals of rafting before taking on some of the best rapids in the country
    • Enjoy food and beverages after a day conquering the St. Joseph River
    • No experience necessary
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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    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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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    1200 W Harrison St, Chicago

    • Master the fundamental techniques of Stand up Paddle Boarding while working out in a swimming pool
    • Practice capsizing techniques that will allow you to get efficiently out of and back into your vessel
    • Take the first steps in mastering a new sport under the guidance of a certified instructor
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    Canoeing

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    Sometimes, you just need to escape the city life, requiring the calmness of nature. Why not spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observing herons and other wildlife in Fox River, Illinois? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day. Here, you'll paddle through Fox River, listening to the soft streams of the river paired with chirping birds and lovely exploration. For those of you in need of a day-cation or simply an escape, Fox River is the ultimate place to relax.
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    Canoeing

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Paddle in a canoe down the scenic Fox River
    • Spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observe herons and other wildlife
    • Relax during a day away from the city stresses
    • No experience necessary
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    Learn to Kayak

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    Escape from the bustle of the Chicago sprawl with an adventure right in its midst! Designed for those who are a little wet behind the ears, this introductory class will get you started by building a strong foundation of kayaking know-how. You'll be taking to the water on the Chicago River, launching right from Downtown Chicago. Once on the water, you'll focus solely on your paddling technique during a safe, leisurely row. This class is designed for those who aren't quite ready to take on capsizing and rescue drills, making it the perfect first step into a new life of on-the-water adventure. Learn while exploring the the river, with Chicago buildings rising up on either side, and discover a life of adventure that will never sink your expectations!
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    Learn to Kayak

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Work with a certified instructor to develop basic kayak skills in an introductory class
    • Learn while having a blast exploring the Chicago River from the heart of the city
    • Get a great upper body workout while working on paddling techniques
    • Discover an all-new outdoor hobby that you can enjoy without having to leave Chicago
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