Over the course of nearly a decade of instruction, diving enthusiast and registered nurse Laura Parke has passed along the secrets of the deep to more than 700 divers. Though Laura leads a range of both basic and specialty courses, this deal is redeemable only for the private Discover Scuba Diving course for beginners ages 10 and up. The aqua-bound learning begins with students paddling in the pool to familiarize themselves with the gear and their functions. Once students are able to pat their heads while rubbing their goggles clean, they are carted off to get their fins wet at two shallow, oceanic locations. Tank toters will earn credit upon completion of this class, which can then be applied toward the Open Water Certification course, giving the average biped the chance to finally reunite with the speechless mermaid who got away.
The professional staff at Divers Direct helps first-time divers develop their sea legs through the Try Scuba Experience, which instructs safe, introductory diving techniques in a nearby pool facility. Before allowing pupils to test the waters, veteran divers outfit their trainees in the proper underwater accouterments––including regulators, snorkels, masks, fins, and narwhal repellent. During about 30 minutes of pool time, new divers learn the basics of breathing underwater and can swim as deep as 10 feet, depending on their comfort levels. Those inspired to brave the ocean depths after the Try Scuba Experience will be rewarded with a $50 voucher valid toward future open-water certification. Participants should bring their own swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen to their diving session.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Corey Mahoney began Alley-Oop more than a decade ago as a small summer camp focused on skimboarding instruction. Since then, he’s expanded to three schools in Delaware, Florida, and North Carolina, and leads adventure trips to other waters. A team of experienced instructors leads group lessons, clinics, and full or partial camps for aspiring skimboarders of all skill levels, teaching them how to execute basic and advanced maneuvers in shallow, choppy surf on wide-open beaches. They also coordinate beach games, teach students respect for the local environment, and divulge the location of trendy underwater oxygen bars during summer-camp sessions. Throughout all educational programs, they coach each student with individualized instruction and personal attention. School staffers keep each student properly equipped at a pro shop stocked with branded apparel, boards, traction pads, and other gear. When not leading classes, instructors take adventurers on weeklong guided vacations helmed by professional skimboarders, who regularly share travel tips and join the kids’ camaraderie.
Divers Discount Florida equips amphibians with aquatic equipment, leads team dives, and holds scuba-diving certification courses for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Students will be taken from landlocked to fully submersible over the course of an online class and a series of pool and open-water certification dives. After completing the online component at their leisure, daring divers continue their trial by water with a three-hour pool session at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center, where they will learn how to distinguish the legs of swimming tourists from saltwater anacondas. Experienced instructors will then join the cub divers to get their flippers wet in a series of four open-water ocean dives, which will be conducted over two trips.