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 Des Plaines, IL.
 (847) 640-8113
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The Professional Dive Boat

  • USCG Licensed Master
  • SCUBA Instructor
  • All staff Scuba First Aid trained
  • 42 Foot, 30 Ton steel boat
  • Comfortable accommodations
  • Full Safety gear for diving
  • Easy access to water
  • Great wrecks to dive
  • Home port Waukegan Harbor
  • Lots of free parking
  • Great Lakes Diving at its best!

Trip Times and Pricing

Morning trip - Arrive at 6:30 a.m.  Boat leaves at 7:00 a.m. and returns at Noon.

Afternoon trips - Arrive at 12:30 p.m. Boat leaves at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m.

Half-day trip                          $ 110.00

Full-day trip                           $ 175.00

Night-dive                              $   75.00

Tech Dives                       $110 - $200 (depending on distance)

Credit card surcharge of $5.00 will be added for trips paid for by Visa or Master Card. 

A fuel cost surcharge may be added if necessary. 

Call for commercial rates and special quotes. 

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Reservations and Deposits

For reservations call: (847) 640-8113 or Cell (847) 431-8113

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.  Balance is due before the trip.  Deposits are refundable up to one week before the trip date.

There is a 5$ fee for credit card usage

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Minimum Passenger Number

Minimum of four divers required.  Full boat is six divers.   Proof of certification and liability waiver will be required from all divers.

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Dive Sites Include:

Schooners 20 ft. (Zion) - Unidentified wooden schooners.   Good shallow dive in a sheltered location.

Sub Chaser 20 ft. (Zion) - WWI Sub Chaser scuttled near shore.  Shallow wreck just off of Illinois Beach State Park.

George Morley 20 ft. (Evanston) - 200 ft. wooden steamer that burned on December 9, 1907.  Wreck has intact hull below the gunwales.

Seabird 30 ft. (Great Lakes) - 190 ft. sidewheel steamer that caught fire and sank on April 9, 1868.  Huge paddle wheel, 26 ft. in diameter, with cast iron axle is reasonably intact.

Wells Burt 30 ft. (Evanston) - 201 ft. bulk carrier sunk in a storm on May 21, 1883.  2/3 of the wreck's deck remains in place and is easily accessible through the hatches.  Deck equipment, including capstan, windlass and chain brake are present.

Kate Kelly 40 ft. (Racine) - 126 ft. two masted, wooden schooner that sunk during a storm on May 14, 1895.  Wreck is broken in two.

Winds of the Wind 40 ft. (Chicago) - 142 ft. two masted schooner which sunk after being struck amidship by another vessel on May 12, 1866.  Intact bow, bow sprit, large wooden windlass on deck, and centerboard truck are present.

MST728B 117 ft. (Waukegan) - 200 ft. grain barge that sank in a storm just 5 miles from the port of Waukegan on August 8, 2003.

Fin Seeker 60 ft. (Waukegan) - 39 ft. fishing boat that sank in a storm 3 miles from Waukegan on May 30, 2008.

Lady Elgin 55 ft. (Fort Sheridan) - The "Titanic" of the Great Lakes.  On September 8, 1860, the 'Lady Elgin', a 252 ft wooden, sidewheel passenger steamer, with 393 passengers on board, was rammed by a lumber laden schooner.   Only 98 passengers survived this terrifying disaster.  Remains of the ship are located in 3 primary areas.

Lumberman 55 ft. - 70 ft. (Racine) - On April 7, 1893, the wooden schooner capsized and sunk.  Schooner is upright and nearly intact.  The top of the deck is at approximately 50 ft..  Great dive site for wreck dive training.

Wisconsin 95 ft. - 130 ft. (Kenosha) - Sunk as the result of a northeasterly gale on October 29, 1929.  The deck of the wreck begins at 95 ft..   The bottom is at 128 ft..  The ship is sitting squarely on her keel in a near upright position.  The steel superstructure of the wreck is nearly swept away, exposing the supporting I-beams.  In her cargo hull, three vintage automobiles remain - a Hudson, an Essex and a Chevrolet touring car.

St. Mary 105 ft. (Highland Park) - 120 ft. wooden schooner.   The wreck has collapsed but it is all there.  There are two large anchors, the windlass, the ship's wheel, dead eyes, rigging blocks, and much more.  Truly a virgin wreck.

Rosinco 180 ft. (Kenosha) - Approx. 85 ft. steel hulled motor yacht owned by the Commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club.  Sank in the early morning hours after striking a submerged object in 1929.  Well preserved.  Intact wreck shrouded with fish nets.

New Wrecks ?? $ 100 reward for information that leads to diveable new wrecks from Racine to Highland Park.

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Rental Eqipment

Diving equipment is not included with the price of the trip.  Rental reservations for tanks, weight belts, regulators, and other equipment, if required, must be made in advance.  Exposure suits are not available.

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Instructors are welcome to conduct specialty and training courses aboard Enterprise at no additional cost.  There will be a TV/DVD available.

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Trips are not canceled due to rain.  The decision to cancel a trip due to bad weather usually cannot be made until depature time.  Trips may be canceled due to waves and storms.

Our guidelines are:
        2 - 3 ft. waves - Trip proceeds
        4 - 5 ft. waves - Drivers may vote to cancel trip
        5 - 6 ft. waves - Trip canceled

The captain will cancel any trip he believes is unsafe and make refunds to all drivers present.

Remember that weather is different on different parts of the lake - Bad weather at the weather buoy in the middle of the lake does not necessarily mean that we will have bad weather at our dive site.

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Directions to Waukegan Harbor from Chicago

Interstate 94 north. Exit at Belvidere Road (Rt. 120) east.   Continue on Belvidere Road east to Lake Michigan (road ends).  Turn north on Pershing Road and proceed to Madison Street.  Turn east on Madison Street and proceed to the end of the road at the harbor entrance.

GPS address:  199 E. Madison St., Waukegan, IL 60085

Enterprise is located at the end of the main pier. Equipment may be unloaded into the gear carts and vehicles may then be reparked.

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Prices and policies are subject to change without notice.

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