Azimuth Scuba Offers trips to both local and exotic dive locations. We pride ourselves on nurturing our students and providing them with the best opportunities to stretch their sea legs. You don’t have to go far from home to have an exciting dive experience!
Our local dive trips frequent:
For over 50 years Pearl Lake has been one of the best destinations for recreational scuba diving and diver training in the Midwest. With 35 acres of clear water and diverse aquatic life, multiple easy-access dive points, a dozen diver training platforms and a number of interesting dive sites including a school bus, a twin-engine airplane, a vintage “steam” shovel and over 15 sunken vessels including a 33 ft. yellow submarine, 30ft. patrol boat and a 45ft Great Lakes fishing trawler. Pearl Lake has some of the best facilities for both new and experienced divers to sharpen their skills.
The diving season begins in late April with diving available seven days a week and ends in October (call or visit www.pearllake.com for opening and closing dates). Diving hours are from 8:00am until dusk with check-out required before dark. Night diving is permitted on Fridays and Saturdays and divers must be checked out and off the grounds before 10:00 pm (please notify the staff when you register that you intend to night dive).
Divers – $20.00 (Complimentary beach entry included when open)
Non-Divers – $10.00 (Complimentary beach entry included when open)
Airfills – $10.00/Tank
Dive equipment is not available for rent at Pearl Lake – please stop by our rental page and check out our full stock of scuba gear.
Haigh Quarry is a popular diving destination located in Kankakee, IL. Haigh Quarry was an old rock quarry and is now known as the Caribbean of the Midwest! Plenty to see including rock crushers, house boat, van, and even a fire truck. Fish include bass, bluegill, and tons of huge cat fish. Deepest point in the lake is about 80′. There is a full service dive shop on premises.
Swimming in one of the Great Lakes is an experience that you will never forget. With hundreds of shipwrecks throughout its history, Lake Michigan offers a breath taking and hands on journey through the past. Dives in the spring are often the best as water visibility is at it’s clearest – we can’t think of any place better to spend a weekend exploring.
Mall Shark of America
The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the mall of America is an extraordinary opportunity for any diver to get closer to thousands of sea creatures from all over the world in one place. It was named “World’s Best Shark Encounter” by Discovery’s Travel Channel and called “Best Shark Exhibit on the Planet”
At Sea Life Minnesota you’ll swim with Sand Tiger Sharks as large as 9 feet long as well as Nurse Sharks, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Gray Sharks, Tangs, Stingrays, and Remora. The trip consists of 2 dives and is supervised by three staff divers who keep the sharks at a healthy distance. Visiting diver’s are over-weighted and spend their time looking for shark teeth and watching these incredible creatures move through the water.
Additional attractions at Sea Life Aquarium include anemone and clownfish, a special jellyfish exhibit, and lots of tropical fish at the Rainbow Reef Exhibit. Contact us today if this dive is the one for you!
Wazee Lake is a lake east of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in the town of Brockway, Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States. The name “Wazee” means “tall pine” in the Ho-Chunk language. The artificial lake is the deepest lake within the state of Wisconsin, with a maximum depth of approximately 355 feet. The man-made lake was formed after being used as a quarry for taconite mining between the mid-1960s through April 1983. The quarry produced about 850,000 tons of taconite pellets each year. The mine closed in 1983 as a result of a crash of the domestic steel markets in the United States. When the mine was in operation, pumps removed about 800 US gallons of water per minute from the quarry. Once these pumps were shut down, the quarry began filling with water.
The lake is now part of a county park known as Wazee Lake Recreation Area. The lake is a prime scuba diving destination because of its deep, clear water. Visibility averages between 30ft and 40ft during the summer months. There are also visible remains of mining operations underwater, such as roadways used for hauling equipment. Some features have been added to the lake, such as underwater platforms for training divers and fish cribs to improve habitat for the fish. Fish species within the lake include rainbow, brook, and brown trout, bluegills, suckers, catfish, walleye, warmouth, and smallmouth bass.
Mermet Springs offers submerged training platforms, easy entry docks, dives from 15 to 120 feet in depth and numerous sunken treasures to explore. Mermet Springs is one of the most popular dive facilities in the midwest, attracting the attention of news media and national scuba diving publications including National Geographic and other diving publications.
The water visibility at Mermet Springs is exceptional and can range from 15 feet to over 60 feet. Water temperature varies with the Midwest seasons and ranges to the low 40s at depth during winter, and to the mid 80s in the summer. Contact Azimuth Scuba today for more information on trips to Mermet Springs.
Bonne Terre Mine
Bonne Terre Mine, is one of the world’s largest artificial caves, is also one of the largest fresh water scuba diving sites today. Originally a lead mine at the turn of the 20th century – the mine was eventually closed in 1961. Maintenance of the water pumps keeping the mine dry were halted and soon the tunnels flooded. The water is clear and illuminated from above giving divers a visibility of up to 100ft and has such a haunting beauty that Jacques Cousteau visited with his camera crews in the 80’s to bring attention to this incredible location.
With over 28 established trails and seemingly endless amounts of areas to explore- Bonne Terre Mine is a place that superimposes the aquatic with surface to startling effect. Contact us today for more information or questions about dive trips to Bonne Terre Mine.