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.
Choose from Three Options
- $399 for a four-day PADI open-water certification course with a weekend on Catalina Island (a $1,200 value)
- $399 for a six-day PADI open-water certification course held Mondays and Wednesdays, with a weekend on Catalina Island (a $1,200 value)
- $399 for a six-day PADI open-water certification course held Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a weekend on Catalina Island (a $1,200 value)
All courses begin with an orientation, during which students receive class materials. The first learning session takes four to six hours of classroom time. At the next meeting, the class hits the pool for some gear-on underwater training, putting to use what they learned in the previous session. This Groupon does not include necessary items, and they must be procured separately. Those items include a mask, snorkel, scuba fins, boots and gloves, and a dive bag (equipment starts at $190). To complete their certification, students must perform a total of four open-water dives under the supervision of instructors. Dives are conducted over a two-day period at Catalina Island’s Casino Point. The weekend includes overnight accommodations at the Avalon and breakfast on Sunday morning, as well as transportation both to and from the island.
Orange County Scuba Dive & Photo
Sometimes the best way to describe a passion is also the simplest way. That’s the case with Orange County Scuba Dive & Photo. With the two simple words “dive” and “photo,” they encapsulate everything they love and teach, from PADI diving-certification courses to their selection of top-of-the-line underwater cameras. They also organize and lead dive trips both locally—such as excursions to Santa Barbara Island—and internationally, including a planned 2013 trip to Micronesia, where they will dive with the abundant reef life and search for sunken treasure chests full of vintage floppy disks.