Scuba diving is the only way left to find hidden treasure, befriend a nautical skeleton, or strap a huge tank to yourself. Explore the possibilities with today's Groupon to Buckeye Diving School, in Bedford. Choose between the following options:
- For $210, you get an open-water scuba-certification package (a $420 total value), which includes:
- Four three-hour open-water diving classes (a $225 value)
- Two days of open-water diving at White Star Quarry to complete SSI certification (a $195 value)
- The following costs are not included in today's Groupon:
- Two days of admission to White Star Quarry ($30)
- Air for open-water dives ($14)
- For $25, you get a Try Scuba session (a $50 value).
Led by dive master Scuba Steve, Buckeye Diving School's professional instructors have certified more than 9,000 divers since 1964—including Ohio celebrities Stefanie Schaeffer and Kenny Crumpton. Students can enroll in an open-water certification sequence to kick-start future careers as oceanic explorers or unsuccessful dunk-tank sitters. An orientation and four three-hour courses impart such fundamentals as buoyancy control, air sharing, and how to control ascents and descents. Each class divvies its time evenly between landlocked lessons and pool dives, and requires pupils bring or purchase their own mask, snorkel, boots, and fins (not included in this Groupon).
Trainees who complete their seminars can then sign up for two days of open-water certification dives at White Star Quarry, where mentors guide groups on six-hour jaunts into the deep. The first day plunges acolytes into a snorkel dive and two scuba dives, and the second encompasses two final scuba excursions. After completing underwater errands, flipper-clad protégés will receive their SSI open-water certification and their own ocean to take home as a souvenir. Diving disciples can choose to commute to the quarry each day or to stay overnight at one of the many nearby hotels and campgrounds.
Alternatively, patrons eager to breathe their first below-surface breaths can register for a 90-minute Try Scuba session, which dunks participants into a local pool for up to 45 minutes of submerged swim time. Before coaxing attendees into the water, diving experts provide all the necessary gear, training, and whistles for warding off schools of poseidons prowling the deep end.