about us

Scuba World, located at 3324 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, IL, has been training families to “dive into fun” since 1992. If you’re looking for something new and exciting for yourself or that you can share with friends and family, stop by and schedule an introductory session.

Our professional staff will take you to the safe confines of a pool to try your first breath underwater! You will experience the freedom of being weightless as you swim underwater, breathing comfortably from your scuba gear.

Scuba World is a member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Center, offering lessons for beginners up to instructor. We provide all your equipment needs, offering sales, service and rental of some of the top of the line manufacturers, such as Aqualung, Apex, SeaQuest, Deep See and Henderson, just to name a few.

We also offer travel, so once you have taken care of your training and equipment needs, you have professional staff to lead you on your diving adventures. Scuba World offers trips to local dive sites as well as trips around the world. So weather it’s a local lake or quarry, Florida, the Caribbean, or even Micronesia, let Scuba World be your guide to fun and adventure! Planning a trip on your own? Let the team at Scuba World help! Being a member of PADI Travel gives us connections to dive operators in 180 countries and territories around the world.

our staff

  • Mike Yociss
      Mike YocissOwner, PADI Instructor
    • Sherry Stein
        Sherry SteinOffice Manager, PADI Divemaster
      • Tom Pospeshil
          Tom PospeshilPADI Instructor
        • Karl Sturm
            Karl SturmPADI Instructor
          • AJ Mueller
              AJ MuellerPADI Instructor
            • Shawn Neville
                Shawn NevillePADI Instructor
              • Eric Woodward
                  Eric WoodwardPADI Instructor, Repair Tech
                • Tom Lintker
                    Tom LintkerPADI Assistant Instructor
                  • Kara Neville
                      Kara NevillePADI Assistant Instructor
                    • John Oglesby
                        John OglesbyPADI Assistant Instructor
                      • Jana Bechtoldt
                          Jana BechtoldtPADI Assistant Instructor
                        • Chris Bertelsman
                            Chris BertelsmanPADI Assistant Instructor, Retail
                          • Greg Ireland
                              Greg IrelandPADI Assistant Instructor
                            • Josh Bierman
                                Josh BiermanPADI Assistant Instructor
                              • Leah Joyce
                                  Leah JoycePADI Assistant Instructor
                                • Dave Kniepkamp
                                    Dave KniepkampPADI Assistant Instructor
                                  • Kathy Effan
                                      Kathy EffanPADI Assistant Instructor
                                    • Matt Meier
                                        Matt MeierPADI Assistant Instructor
                                      • Rich Laux
                                          Rich LauxPADI Assistant Instructor
                                        • Al Corzine
                                            Al CorzinePADI Assistant Instructor
                                          • Lynn Kleeman
                                              Lynn KleemanPADI Divemaster
                                            • Rudy Schwartz
                                                Rudy SchwartzPADI Divemaster, Repair Tech
                                              • Gina Schwartz
                                                  Gina SchwartzPADI Divemaster
                                                • Glenn Hulse
                                                    Glenn HulsePADI Divemaster
                                                  • Rick Drury
                                                      Rick DruryPADI Divemaster
                                                    • Doug Smith
                                                        Doug SmithPADI Divemaster
                                                      • Dave Holden
                                                          Dave HoldenPADI Divemaster
                                                        • Marc Effan
                                                            Marc EffanPADI Divemaster
                                                          • Patty Nemec
                                                              Patty NemecPADI Master Scuba Diver, Retail
                                                            • Gavin Yociss
                                                                Gavin YocissPADI Advanced, Retail