$25 Scuba-Diving Lesson at Marin Bamboo Reef in San Rafael ($50 Value)

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What You'll Get

Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a Try Scuba Diving lesson (a $50 value) at Marin Bamboo Reef, valid at the 3765 Redwood Highway location only. This Groupon includes all rental equipment.

Marin Bamboo Reef has been providing scuba lessons and certification since it emerged from a scallop shell in 1961, conducting its three-hour Try Scuba Diving lesson from within the safe confines of a heated, 82-degree indoor pool (with a few great white sharks added for realism). Unlike staring down the vast expanse of the ocean for the first time, climbing into a swimming pool does not play an aria of fear on the minor-key strings of the heart. Marin Bamboo Reef's certified, experienced instructor will help you relax and acquiesce to the rules of underwater etiquette. He or she will also impart the basics of using scuba equipment properly to neophytes under the misimpression that pressure gauges attach to octopus tentacles. Consult Marin Bamboo Reef's flexible schedule to find a lesson time that works for you. Classes are usually held three times a month based on demand, so be sure to consult Marin Bamboo Reef when making your reservation.

Though you won't be certified to dive just from one class, you will be certified to sit in puddles while wearing scuba gear and you will feel confident enough in your ability to pursue further study. Your lesson can be applied toward obtaining dive certification or tucked away in a drawer next to your single-marble marble collection and honorary doctorate in bioengineering. Learn to scuba dive gracefully through the water so that you can fully enjoy upcoming vacations to coral reefs, fish schools, and the lost underwater city of Atlanta.

Must be older than 12 years old. If younger than 18 years old, you must have a parent or guardian present. All participants may need to sign a medical release form.


Though reviewers have yet to rate the Marin Bamboo Reef's 3765 Redwood Highway location, the Fourth Street location has an average rating of four stars from Yelpers and nine Yelpers have given the Lighthouse Avenue store an average of 4.5 stars:

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for Marin County location only. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation notice or Groupon is forfeited. Must be 10 or older. Under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Must sign waivers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Bamboo Reef

Since 1961, Bamboo Reef has been unlocking the depths of the ocean by training scuba adventurers, outfitting them with gear and repairing equipment on the fritz. Skilled instructors guide swimmers during diving classes that range from paddling in an 82-degree pool to advanced night navigation in the Pacific's dunk tank. Refresher and specialty courses continue students’ aquatic education after they’ve mastered the basics of gliding through the deep blue. Bamboo Reef also coordinates dives off the shores of Monterey, Carmel, and international coasts that count toward specialty, advanced, and master diver ratings as well as black belts in underwater kickboxing.

The water wizards also rent and sell gear from brands such as Aqua Lung and Mares. Professional technicians—who maintain more than $10,000 in parts inventory—stand at the ready to repair all major brands of scuba equipment.

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