Scuba diving is a much safer alternative to deep-sea exploration than dropping into the shark-infested Indian Ocean in the submarine you fashioned from your non-buoyant dining-room set. Learn to plunge into the depths without damaging your aged-oak furniture with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour scuba-diving lesson at Aqua Hut, located on Reynolds Road (a $40 value). Non-gilled humans must be at least 10 years old to dive.
Winner of Toledo City Paper's 2008 Best Dive Shop honor, Aqua Hut's sea-savvy staff teaches rookie snorkelers the basics of scuba diving and how to write romantic dolphin haikus in a 60-minute introductory class. Owner and SSI-certified instructor Jeff Davis has been plunging into watery abysses for 30 years and has consulted Fox News as a scuba expert. His team has trained more than 10,000 divers in the art of submerged safety and navigation. Underwater explorers should bring their own towel and bathing suit, but Aqua Hut supplies the necessary equipment, including a mask, fins, a snorkel, boots, and a Catfish-to-English dictionary.
With flexible class scheduling, aspiring Cousteaus can investigate sunken wrecks and arm-wrestle octopi at their own pace. Divers who stick with the training may even get the chance to join the Aqua Hut crew when they head to Papua New Guinea in November 2011.