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.
$149 for a Scuba Certification Class ($329 Value)
The PADI open-water certification class equips students ages 10 and older with the skills to safely dive in open water. The three to four workshops take place over two weeks, running Monday and Wednesday as well as on the weekends. After the in-class workshops, students can participate in four open-water checkout dives over two days.
The class includes a crewpack with a log book, DVD, study guides, and class materials. Students need to bring a mask, fins, snorkel, and boots set or purchase the equipment with a 10% discount. Additional entrance fees to scuba parks apply ($10–$30, depending on location).
For checkout dives, students will need to rent a scuba gear package, including BCD, tank, regulator, and wetsuit ($120 for the weekend). If students purchase a personal gear package (mask, fins, snorkel, and boots), then they will receive a voucher good for a free weekend of scuba gear rental.
As part of a premiere PADI five-star National Geographic instructor-development center, International Scuba’s team trains underwater explorers in a variety of courses that range from snorkeling and skin diving to open-water and rescue diving. The heated, indoor salt-water pool accommodates divers from ages 8 and older, and equipment packages ensure all students are outfitted for their dives. Beyond the student level, divers can also earn their master scuba-diver certification, thus becoming teachers themselves.
Students who master any of these levels can then elect a related specialty allowing them to dive under the ice, discover underwater wrecks, snap photographs of marine life, and help protect coral reefs from predatory plastic bags. Students who have completed their desired level of training but want to venture forth with a group can also participate in a trip diving in locations abroad and in 30 rivers, quarries, and beaches in and around Texas.