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 $30, you get a two-hour Discover Scuba class at Capt. Saam's Scuba School in Stamford (a $100 value). The experienced instructors at Capt. Saam's Scuba School immerse divers in schedule of aquatic classes modeled after those practiced by police- and fire-department scuba teams. During the Discover Scuba lesson, NAUI- and PADI-certified instructors and dive masters provide introductory scuba instruction in a controlled pool environment for up to eight students. In addition to learning diving basics, aquanauts snap underwater pictures and cavort with an underwater scooter. After exploring safety protocol and rescue procedures in a 60-minute classroom session, students wiggle into the underwater university's wetsuits. During the one-hour pool session, pupils glide into controlled waters to implement newfound safety rules, take underwater pictures, play with an underwater scooter, and teach fish not to play with matches. In addition, Capt Saam's Scuba School provides each student 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.