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 $12, you get a Discover Scuba Diving class (a $25 value) at Atlantis Outfitters in Uniontown. All equipment is included as part of the class. Introductory classes are held once a month, so check the schedule ahead of time.
A PADI 5-star instructor-development center, Atlantis Outfitters offers the highest quality of support, equipment, and training for scuba divers during its four-hour Discover Scuba Diving class. The shop’s skilled staff of veteran divers will begin with a short academic session and demonstration before securely strapping their aquatic apprentices into fins, a mask, and a snorkel. Once you plunge into the safe, typically shark-free confines of a local indoor pool, you’ll practice techniques for exploring a watery world of fish that got away, singing whales, cartoon octopi playing rib bones like marimbas, and glacier sweat. The diving class can also be applied toward your diver’s certification; speak with your instructor if you’re interested in mastering the art of scuba.
Atlantis Outfitters is a three-time champion in CityVoter’s Best Sporting Goods of Akron/Canton category, having struck gold in 2008 and placing in the top five ever since. The class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, but it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles. Though breathing underwater can feel a little a strange at first, it quickly becomes second nature after a bit of submerged practice. Post-class, prepare to be able to shower for hours, retrieve all the coins from the bottom of every fountain, and diffuse nuclear bombs perched perilously above an abyssal alien city. Call ahead to schedule a class time.
Reservations required. Must be at least 10 years old, meet minimum medical requirements, and sign a waiver and medical statement (available online).