The Try Scuba class is a safe, simple way to figure out the fundamentals of marine missioning, which the passionate underwater voyagers at Louisville Dive Center have been teaching for more than 30 years. After each student displays a medical history form, towel, and swimsuit, a friendly, certified instructor will lead the class to the shallow, warm pool, where students will learn the basic tenets of underwater breathing before being allowed to plunge into the artificial pond for the duration of the session. While submerged, divers can play Frisbee and snap underwater photos of friends reenacting World War II battles in slow-motion under the sea. If goggled visions of high-fouring manatees on the open water waltz in your head, Louisville Dive Center will happily apply a $20 discount for scuba-certification classes. In addition to gaining scuba knowledge, you can gain scuba gear by presenting your Groupon at Louisville Dive Center's gear shop for 10% off a wide selection of pinnacle manufacturers like Scubapro, Oceanic, Aeris, Genesis and Sherwood.
Paradise Divers’ cadre of qualified instructors draws on experience gleaned from more than 6,000 logged dives to impart everything from basic water-skills classes to full scuba and specialty certifications to pupils. The expert crew has certified more than 2,000 divers with its all-inclusive instruction programs and leads specialty diving getaways to remote and exotic locales. They are the only facility in Louisville to have their own indoor pool, heated to 85 degrees, which sets a comfortable, crustacean-free stage for underwater navigation, and doubles as a venue for private pool parties and special functions.
At Islanders Dive Center, CPR- and first-aid-certified instructors chaperone flocks of students through PADI or SDI scuba certification. Divers 14 years and older kick off underwater exploration with classroom sessions supplemented by home study, wherein students gain book smarts to ready themselves for the dive. Next, aquatic scholars prepare for open-water certification with pool training, rounding out complimentary major equipment, such as air tanks and mermaid-to-English dictionaries, while students provide their own scuba fins, snorkels, boots, and masks. Finally, students prove their mettle and earn their certification with open-water dives in local quarries, typically held over a two-day weekend. Though not included with this deal, Groupon customers can purchase equipment through Islanders Dive Center such as Viper Open Heel Fins ($89.95), an Ion Mask ($74.95), an Arid Snorkel ($34.95), and NeoSport Low Top Pull-On Boots ($32.95).
At The Scuba Shack, the staff’s family-oriented lessons encourage divers to take social rather than solo ventures into the blue beyond. Each instructor carries an impressive résumé of underwater travels—the head trainer has been diving for more than 20 years and others have logged more than 1,000 dives. Captaining PADI-certification courses and specialty seminars—which cover topics such as night diving, photography, and fish identification—they take groups on open-water excursions to area lakes and Clear Spring Scuba Park. They prioritize educating their charges with safe and enjoyable teachings, rather than monotonous quizzes on whether the bends is a serious health issue or a 1980s punk band. With trips to dive sites in Fiji and Mexico, they introduce divers to the visual wonder of reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the world.
Tommy Evans, who has been diving since 1983, shares the beauty of the underwater world through his hobby—aquatic photography—and his business: Central Coast Dive Center. At the PADI-award-winning center, dive instructors can introduce students to diving basics, such as operating the air tank and making sure its full of laughing gas. They also can prepare them for PADI-open-water certification and other more advanced certificates.
Students can practice in the onsite heated pool, or in natural waters on the center’s trips to Little Cayman, Cabo San Lucas, and other tropical locales. To complement its classes and trips, the center stocks gear from high-end brands, such as Atomic Aquatics, Zeagle, and Henderson.