$289 for PADI Open-Water Scuba Diver Certification at Eco Dive Center ($695 Value)

Culver City

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Humans have long envied fish for their ability to breathe underwater and swim naked without everybody getting all weird about it. Get slippery with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $289 for a two-weekend open-water diver certification course, including rental of all necessary gear (a $695 value) p>

Students earn their lifetime PADI open-water diver certification and card during the express certification class, which is spread over two weekends. The session includes study materials, a pre-class 90-minute fitting for provided diving equipment, two pool sessions, two ocean sessions, and a graduation ceremony. Class dates will be set when you call to register.

Eco Dive Center

Eco Dive Center’s dedication to water conservation shines through in its educational programs—the dive team teaches its students not only about scuba diving, but how to properly care for and respect the underwater world. It’s much more than just a water-safety school and aquatics emporium, although it does house dive gear from renowned brands such as Bare and Oceanic in its 5,000 square-foot store. And it does, of course, certify students in both basic open-water PADI skills and more advanced specialties, such as rescue and first-response.

Eco Dive has led underwater cleanup expeditions off of Santa Monica Pier, removing hundreds of pounds of trash in the process, and has enlisted the help of school children to spruce up local beaches. It has also partnered with area non-profits such as Heal the Bay, an organization that educates the public about reducing water pollution and administering splints if waves sprain their ankles.

In a Nutshell

Two-weekend express certification class includes study materials, pool sessions, and checkout dives at Redondo Beach; rental gear included

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 1st, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy up to 4 additional as gifts. Must sign waivers and medical history form. Limited availability; 4-week advanced registration highly recommended. 14-day cancellation notice required, or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 18 or older; 12 or older can participate with written consent from parent or guardian. Must be in good health or have written doctor's clearance. Must have basic swimming skills and be able to tread water for 10 minutes. Valid toward other course upgrades. Must reserve and begin redemption 4 weeks before expiration date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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