Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with today’s Groupon to Aquatic Sports. Choose between the following options:
- For $79, you get a scuba-skills-refresher course (a $179 value).
- For $199, you get a basic scuba-certification course (a $395 value). This Groupon does not include the $69 class-material fee or optional open water drive ($150), and students must provide their own snorkeling gear or rent it for $150.
The experienced instructors at Aquatic Sports lead goggle-eyed students in a heated pool through comprehensive refresher courses and basic scuba-certification courses that set divers on the path to independent exploring. Ideal for aqua excursionists who have not excursed in the last two years, the 1.5-hour refresher course replenishes skills in preparation for an upcoming dive or gig as subaquatic referee for the water-polo championships. Students rekindle their underwater savvy through pool time as well as with take-home materials and online instruction from Scuba Schools International.
Alternatively, Aquatic Sports instructors lead amateur divers to new depths in the three- or four-week open-water-certification course. This Groupon covers the first phase of the program, in which tank-breathers undergo classroom instruction for skills review and lessons in open-water conditions, as well as pool instruction in topics such as scuba emergencies and safety procedures. Completion of phase one certifies students for pool and classroom purposes. To achieve open-water certification, they must continue on to phase two (not included in this Groupon). All basic scuba gear is provided so that students don't have to rely on back-up gills, and snorkeling gear is available for rental. This Groupon is valid for group classes. Private instruction is available for an additional cost.
The experienced instructors at Aquatic Sports make it clear that they aren't in the business of simply doling out scuba certifications—they want to turn amateur divers into lifetime scuba explorers with safe, sensible training. Their teachers lead students in a heated pool through comprehensive refresher courses and basic scuba-certification courses that set divers on the path to independent diving. Alternatively, in the more advanced three- or four-week open-water-certification course, tank-breathers undergo classroom instruction for skills review and lessons in open-water conditions, as well as pool instruction for topics such as scuba emergencies and safety procedures.
Once they're ready to safely plumb the ocean depths, scuba-course grads can join scuba trips, with Aquatic Sports' staff handling all booking and arrangements. Before heading out to dive the Columbia River or the neighbor's above-ground pool, you can gear up at the in-house scuba shop, stocked with brand new diving and underwater photography equipment.
If you want a place to do courses, air fills and try on new equipment, buy local. I will shop there again.Dr. Z, Google Places, 7/9/11
10803 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219