What You'll Get
The only things separating humans from fish are underwater breathing capabilities and dental-insurance coverage. Help close the gap between human and halibut with today's Groupon to Aquatic Adventures of Michigan. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a three-hour Discover Scuba class (a $25 value).
- For $150, you get a beginner diver certification course (a $395 value).
- For $425, you get a beginner diver certification course with all necessary equipment included (a $720 value).
Located in Brighton, about a 30-minute drive from Ann Arbor, Aquatic Adventures of Michigan gives terrestrials the sensation of submerged serenity, regardless of their level of experience. In the three-hour Discover Scuba class, students will learn the basics of scuba diving. They'll then pull up to the pool for a dive supervised by half-dolphin, half-human instructors, all of whom are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Though the aqueous experts at Aquatic Adventures provide students with all the scuba gear they'll need for a dive, students are responsible for bringing a bathing suit and towel. Depending on the skills covered by the instructor, this class may be credited toward a future diver certification.
Over the course of a beginner diver certification course, students gain knowledge and maritime confidence through classroom sessions, skill-development seminars, and four open-water dives. Upon completion of the course, all submarinal graduates receive PADI open water certification, which allows for accessible, autonomous exploration of the world's watery reaches.
Whichever option is chosen, most of the bulkier gear is provided by the dive center. However, each student is expected to have his or her own mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, surface signal, cutting tool, and timing device. For the beginner lacking all of these, the third option comes with a complete equipment package (a $325 value) from Aquatic Adventures; Groupon buyers redeeming the equipment-less package must have their personal flippers approved by the saftey-conscious professionals running the course. Students must also provide their own transportation to and from dive sites, dive-site admission fees, tank fills, and any overnight accommodations necessary when visiting the training dive sites necessary for certification.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 Discover Scuba classes/person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 beginner diver certification course/person, may buy 3 add'l as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Aquatic Adventures of Michigan
Aquatic Adventures of Michigan is the joint venture of independent dive instructors Kim D. Parker and Tom Rhoad, who, after years of working with other dive shops, yearned for a place where they could stretch their fins, teach scuba their own way, and bellow sea shanties as loudly as they liked. Today, their PADI Five Star IDC facility is fast approaching its 10-year anniversary, and has grown beyond basic PADI training programs to incorporate everything from underwater digital photography to lessons in deep diving, wreck diving, and night diving. The shop's instructors are fully certified in first aid and emergency oxygen use, and provide factory-authorized service to big-name companies such as Poseidon, Genesis Scuba, and Dive Rite.