If foam noodles can be found floating on the surface of almost every pool, think how many perfectly salted meatballs must be at the bottom of the ocean. Discover the sea's sunken treats with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a Discover Scuba class at Beach Cities Scuba Centers (a $70 value), which has locations in Cypress and Laguna Beach.
Warm pool facilities and a well-traveled fleet of friendly sea sages render Beach Cities Scuba Centers a superb spot to soak in the basics of living underwater. Throughout the two-hour session, each PADI-certified scuba pro will carefully lay out the basic techniques and safety maneuvers. Once the basics are covered, subnavigators will cover up in the proper gear before heading below sea level. After a few minutes of rapt wonder and a congratulatory hug from Rodney, the rhinestone-encrusted manatee, each student will be able to warmly embrace the simplicity of their newly nautical lungs. Though breathing underwater can feel a little strange at first, it quickly becomes second nature after a bit of submerged practice.
Though the class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles. 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; classes take place on Saturday and Sunday in two-hour blocks from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Divers must be at least 10 years old and must sign waiver.
Beach Cities Scuba
The instructors and professional staff at PADI five-star instructor training center Beach Cities Scuba introduce students to the big blue with PADI-certified diving courses for divers of all levels. They have certified over 1,480 PADI divers each of the last two years, have certified over 17,000 PADI divers since the company's inception. They certify newbies with basic open-water courses and teach advanced divers in specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, and Shark Therapy. They also teach rebreather divers, public safety divers. and technical divers from all over the world. They operate out of five convenient locations and sling necessary gear in onsite stores, from wetsuits and facemasks to spear guns. Beach Cities Scuba also connects divers through its dive club and hosts exotic dive trips to locations such as Indonesia, Fiji, and Cozumel. In 2013, they won the #1 Padi Diver Acquisition and Padi Diver Retention awards.