Before jumping in the water, a prepared scuba diver will always check the air tanks and load a special underwater water gun that blasts water through water. Get enemies extra wet with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $199 for a PADI open-water class, which includes certification for dives of up to 60 feet and all rental equipment except mask, fins, booties, and a snorkel (a $400 value)
- $185 for a PADI advanced open-water class with certification (a $375 value)
- $175 for a PADI rescue-diver class with certification (a $358 value)
- $175 for a digital underwater photography course (a $355 value)
Open to divers aged 10 and older, the PADI open-water class is composed of one classroom session, a five-module pool session, and four open-water dives; the course pack ($76.40) is not included. Alternately, the advanced open-water class is open to divers aged 12 and older who have open-water certification. The course consists of one classroom session and five open-water dives, each focused on a skill, such as navigation or search and recovery. Participants must bring their own compass, dive knife and, if taking a night dive, underwater lights; the course pack ($78.80) is not included.
Composed of two classroom sessions and 10 in-water exercises, including two rescue scenarios, PADI rescue-diver class teaches divers to appropriately tend to diving injuries. To participate, divers must have current Medic First Aid or CPR and First Aid certification, and be advanced open-water certified. The course pack ($67.55) is not included, nor is rental equipment.
Taught by a photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, the digital underwater photography class showcases underwater shooting techniques for digital cameras during two classroom sessions and two open-water dives. Open to divers aged 10 and older, with open-water or open-water junior certification, the course does not include scuba equipment, underwater cameras, or the course pack (a $49.70 value).
Students can rent scuba equipment from the scuba shop for $15 per day and obtain their CPR certification there for $140. Patrons should call ahead for the flexible class schedule, which features mostly weekend sessions. For more information, see the class descriptions.
Named Miami’s best dive shop in 2012 by the Miami New Times, the PADI shop doubles as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Training Center, and hosts an array of scuba classes on arts from basic open water diving to capturing submerged ecosystems on film. Their multi-lingual staff can lead courses in English or Spanish, or guide clients of all nationalities through the shop’s gear, from makers such as O’Neill, Aqualung, Oceanic and Pinnacle. Visitors can also shop underwater photo and video equipment from Sealife, Light & Motion, and Aquatica, to avoid the hassle of borrowing cameras from fish.