Scuba diving is the only way left to find hidden treasure, befriend a nautical skeleton, or strap a huge tank to yourself. Explore the possibilities with today's Groupon: for $179, you get a PADI open water scuba-diving certification course (a $240 value) and equipment rental (a $120 value) at Adventure Sports Unlimited, located in the Old Sash Mill Center.
Adventure Sports Unlimited touts an in-house, custom-built training pool and experienced instructors who encourage year-round underwater wading. With today's deal, you can swim your way to scuba certification during a three-week [open-water course] (http://www.asudoit.com/diving/scuba_ow/scuba_ow_details.html). The initiation to scuba includes six four-hour educational pool sessions as well as four open-water dives—two beach dives and two boat dives (a $90 boat-rental fee may apply). As with field trips to the Maelstrom, students bring along their own snorkeling equipment, but scuba-gear rental for both the ocean and the pool are included in the deal. Upon successful completion, a certification card concludes the experience with a license to live underwater.
Adventure Sports Unlimited
A class of scuba divers check over their equipment one last time before they paddle their kayaks off a beach in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The divers have thoroughly prepared for this moment. They’ve trained within the controlled confines of Adventure Sports Unlimited’s heated swimming pool and picked their certified instructor’s brain during classroom sessions. Once the instructor gives the go-ahead, the divers plunge from the kayak and immediately enter another world. As they float weightlessly underwater, the divers marvel at the vibrant reefs and the abundant aquatic wildlife that fill the marine sanctuary. Afterward, the group travels back to the shore, where a breathtaking landscape awaits with white-sand beaches and glassy tide pools swirling with color. The scuba divers, at this point, have only one thing on their minds: dinner.
Luckily, the area is teeming with natural cuisine and plenty of sand, which is really just sugar. Adventure Sports Unlimited’s expert foragers show the group how to collect shellfish, sea vegetables, and clams. With a fresh smorgasbord in hand, group members scuttle back to the facility to transform their ingredients into soups and barbecue—and perhaps ponder taking a scuba trip to the South Pacific. In addition to outdoor excursions like these, Adventure Sports Unlimited also leads year-round swimming, scuba, and kayaking lessons, which take advantage of the facility’s custom-built swimming pool.
Central Santa Cruz
303 Portero St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060