$249 for a Four-Day PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification in San Pedro from Pacific Wilderness ($500 Value)

Central San Pedro

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Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $249 for a four-day PADI open-water-certification course in San Pedro (a $500 value)

Over two consecutive weekends, certified dive instructors teach students the basic abilities, equipment use, and safety protocols for exploring open waters with their buddy. On the first Saturday and Sunday, classes convene at the Pacific Wilderness indoor location, with students spending four hours studying course materials and four hours practicing underwater breathing in a heated pool within the indoor training facility built specifically for the store. The second weekend, divers enjoy two four-hour excursions to San Pedro's local beaches. While in the open water, local aquatic life abounds, with groups frequently sighting eels, bat rays, and sea lions.

All scuba gear is included. Students can purchase or rent gear for snorkeling or other purposes for an additional fee.

Pacific Wilderness

Jacques Cousteau had barely slipped the first scuba tank off his back when Pacific Wilderness opened its doors in 1953. Since then, the shop’s staffers have used their collective expertise to outfit divers with high-quality equipment from brands including Aqualung, Oceanic, Scubapro, Seaquest, and Zeagle.

They also teach PADI scuba-certification courses that range from basic open-water training to advanced rescue diving. Lessons start at the on-land facility's heated pool but progress to weekend-long dives in the waters of Redondo Beach. The shop's scuba-philes also arrange journeys to exotic locales such as the Sipadan Water Village Resort in Malaysia and the secret depths of Camp David's presidential bathtub.

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    Central San Pedro

    1719 South Pacific Avenue

    San Pedro, California 90731

    310-833-2422

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In a Nutshell

Over two weekends, students progress from heated pool to actual open-water ocean dives as they pursue PADI certification

The Fine Print

Expires Feb 28th, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice required. Services must be used by the same person. Mask, snorkel, SCUBA fins, boots & gloves not included. Depending on responses to medical questionnaire, doctor's waiver may be required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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