Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you’re confident you can do it. Mingle with the mermaids with this Groupon. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a four-hour snorkeling charter with included rental mask and fins (a $100 value).
- For $35, you get a four-hour scuba-dive charter (a $75 value). Scuba gear is not included with this option, but Groupon holders can rent it from Capt. Saam’s at a 20% discount.<p>
Capt. Saam’s Scuba School’s skilled crew takes to the high seas for four-hour snorkeling and scuba adventures. Once aboard the Silver Dolphin, groups of 18–25 set sights on the swiftly passing white-capped waves as the captain steers the ship toward the dive location, which could be Great Reef, or a lighthouse, such as Penfield Reef or Greens Ledge. When the boat reaches its aqueous destination, snorkelers slip on the provided mask, snorkel, and fins, and scuba divers ready their self-provided gear, and both jump into the water to begin their search for exotic fish, colorful plant life, or the citizens of Atlantis. View the general charter schedule.
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.