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 $15, you get an introductory Discover Scuba class at Atlantis Divers (a $50 value).
Atlantis Divers trains Virginia’s best rescue-dive-squad teams and underwater law-enforcement officials, but also plunges novice Nemos underwater to help hone their sea legs and prepare for the life aquatic. Within a controlled, shark-free environment, the course submerges students feet first into pools of scuba-diving knowledge, while top-notch, PADI–certified trainers enthusiastically educate on important breathing and life-saving techniques. While all basic equipment is included in this Groupon, pupils are asked to bring a swimsuit, towel, and the desire to free the rest of the Monkees from Davy Jones’ locker.
Bahamas native David M. Hay spent his youth exploring the world of underwater wrecks while on dives with his father. Laura Schild Hay became enamored with sea creatures at an early age. David fervently kept up with diving, racking up nearly 6,000 logged dives working as a dive instructor and assisting West Virginia State police with underwater criminal investigations. Laura, on the other hand, cultivated her love for biology by breathing regularly and earning a doctoral degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She rekindled her passion for marine life in 2000 when she learned to scuba dive in northern California. Two years later she wandered into a Maryland dive shop seeking diving opportunities, where dive instructor Dave escorted her into the seas and, eventually, down the aisle.
Along with David W. Hay, the diving duo founded Atlantis Divers in 2005, where their certified team coaches beginners, fallen dolphins, and advanced ocean explorers alike. In addition to public safety training by Public Safety Diving instructors, who currently serve on police- and rescue-dive teams, Atlantis Divers educates pupils with 10 scuba classes. There, instructors abet apprentices with courses focused on managing dive emergencies and learning how to prepare wreck dive equipment.