Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you're confident you can do it. Today's Groupon gives you all the skills you need to mingle with the mermaids: for $15, you get a Discover Scuba Diving class at Atlantis Divers in Powhatan (a $50 value). Discover Scuba Diving classes are currently held on the first weekend and the first three Friday evenings of the month during scheduled Open Water sessions; Atlantis Divers may add sessions based on demand.
Trainer of the Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad Dive Team, Atlantis Divers emphasizes safety while soaking amateur mariners in the underwater world of scuba. In the approximately one-hour Discover Scuba class, nautical neophytes learn about scuba-diving fundamentals, equipment, and techniques before jumping feet-first into the facility's confined pool. Free of errant tides and cursed ghost ships, the indoor pool allows divers to gain valuable experience under the guidance of expert instructors before taking newly acquired techniques into the briny deep. While all diving gear is provided, students should bring swimsuits, towels, and any post-pool session personal items. While you won't be certified to dive from just one class, you will be certified to sit in puddles with scuba gear on.
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.
1480 Anderson Hwy.
Powhatan, Virginia 23139