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 $225, you get an open-water-diving certification package at Central Coast Dive Center in Edgewood (a $524 value). The package includes the following:
- Two-week scuba-diving course (a $269 value)
- Quarry open-water dives (a $135 value)
- Student book packet (a $76 value)
- DVD with refundable deposit (a $44 value)
Extra fees may apply at the quarry or for air fills. Students will need to provide their own masks, fins, boots, and snorkels.
A PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, Central Coast Dive Center employs many learned PADI teachers who see students through their open-water certification. After completing applicable homework, pupils arrive at Central Coast to begin open-water-diving classes, which instructors divide into three three-hour classes easily scheduled on any night except Sunday or Kraken Awareness Day. A toasty onsite pool hosts aspiring aquatic explorers as they absorb basic dive theory, diving techniques, and the necessary skills to feel safe down in the deep blue. The course then moves to a quarry, where maritime scholars obtain certification after performing diving skills and demonstrating their ability to pull off card tricks underwater. Classes meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and run for two weeks.
Central Coast Dive Center
Tommy Evans, who has been diving since 1983, shares the beauty of the underwater world through his hobby—aquatic photography—and his business: Central Coast Dive Center. At the PADI-award-winning center, dive instructors can introduce students to diving basics, such as operating the air tank and making sure its full of laughing gas. They also can prepare them for PADI-open-water certification and other more advanced certificates.
Students can practice in the onsite heated pool, or in natural waters on the center’s trips to Little Cayman, Cabo San Lucas, and other tropical locales. To complement its classes and trips, the center stocks gear from high-end brands, such as Atomic Aquatics, Zeagle, and Henderson. Central Coast Dive Center is also a training center for "The Original Zombie Apocalypse Diver Specialty."