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 $30, you get a one-hour Discover Scuba lesson at Capt. Saam's Scuba School in Stamford (a $100 value).
The experienced instructors at Capt. Saam's Scuba School immerse divers in aquatic curriculum with a schedule teeming with scuba classes. During the Discover Scuba lesson, certified instructors and divemasters provide basic scuba instruction in a controlled pool environment for up to eight students. Torsos wiggle into the underwater university's wet suits and aqua lungs partake in the divemaster's safety exercises, then submerge below the surface to explore the water's depth and play Red Rover on the pool's bottom.
Though the lesson lasts an hour, participants should anticipate spending two hours at the facility to fill out forms, undergo briefings, and possibly watch an instructional video, depending on how much popcorn the underwater microwave yields. In addition, the school sends students home with a $50 voucher to apply toward another full scuba class.
Capt. Saam's Scuba School
Many consider scuba diving a hobby or fun activity to do on vacation, but for Capt. Saam, it has become a lifestyle. He learned to scuba-dive more than 35 years ago and has gone on to not only establish his namesake scuba school but also obtain a US Coast Guard master license, teach scuba diving in Hawaii, and make regular tropical-dive trips. All of his scuba-diving and maritime experiences have pooled into a vast reservoir of knowledge which he passes on to his scuba-school crew—all of whom are NAUI- and PADI-certified instructors and dive masters. Together they immerse students in aquatic classes––both group and private––modeled after those practiced by police and fire-department scuba teams. They keep group lessons small—no more than seven students per session—to ensure personalized instruction and each student's safety.
Students develop their passion and ability to explore subaquatic terrains while also learning survival skills. They learn procedures to calmly handle accidents during first aid and safety courses, train to become lifeguards, or master the art of prying a friend out of a whale’s baleen. Those looking to clock in more hours exploring the ocean can opt for a local dive charter, which ferries 18-25 scuba divers and snorkelers aboard Capt. Saam's boat the Silver Dolphin as it sets sail to a variety of diving locations, from Smith's Reef and Sheffield Island to Gwendolyn Steers Wreck.
Though Capt. Saam's is a scuba school first and foremost, the center also offers equipment rentals and tank fills at its full retail dive shop, tropical-dive trips to the Caribbean, and a ground aviation-training course that teaches students the basics of flight.