Somewhere far below sea level, the most fashionable critters in the subsurface world are gracefully strutting their stuff in form-fitting wetsuits with foot-flattering flippers. Grace the coveted underwater runways of exploration with today's Groupon. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get an introductory scuba class at Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop (a $75 value).
- For $130, you get an eight-hour Open Water referrals course (a $260 value).
By the clear waters of a competition-size pool, Chicago Scuba School & Dive Shop's students are guided through the fundamentals of submarine exploration. In groups of 10, fledgling divers bedeck themselves in the masks, oxygen tanks, and cardboard shark fins required to spend extended periods below the depths. Three instructors then usher students into the pool, teaching them how to properly wield the Aquamanesque powers of their scuba gear as they train in the course of four hours. The expansive pool provides plenty of space for divers to flex their flippers, and small class sizes ensure that students’ flawless underwater backflips receive extra attention. If they wish to further their aquatic expertise, Groupon-holders can opt to take a full scuba-certification course at a $100 discount.
Alternatively, aspiring divers can work toward full PADI certification in the eight-hour open water referrals course. Three hours are devoted to studying basic skills and sand dollar economics in the classroom, while five subsequent hours will see divers develop technique in the pool; at the end, pupils will be given a referral form certificate. All required materials except for mask, fins, and snorkels are included in the class; equipment will be available for purchase with a 10% off discount at the dive shop.