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 to Columbia Scuba. Choose between the following options:
For $16, you get a snorkeling class (a $35 value). Upcoming class dates include:
- Saturday, September 17, at 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, September 18, at 11:30 a.m.
- Sunday, September 25, at 11:30 a.m.
- Sunday, October 2, at 11:30 a.m.
For $185, you get an open-water scuba-certification class (a $375 value).
Boasting a five-star rating as an instructor-development center from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Columbia Scuba’s certified instructors impart the fundamentals of aquatic exploration. Snorkeling classes brief up-and-coming Cousteaus on subsurface basics and equipment in the kelp-free waters of the controlled indoor pool. Columbia Scuba provides all the necessary gear and equipment for the approximately two-hour course; students need only take a bathing suit, towel, and set of spare gills.
For more serious swimmers, Columbia Scuba offers an open-water certification class, which includes three classroom sessions, five confined-water dives, and four open-water dives. During the instructional classroom sessions and confined-water dives, scuba newbies will gradually build the confidence required to high-five sea turtles and outwit wily mermaids before testing their skills below open-water waves. Students will receive the necessary study materials and the use of a scuba unit during pool and open-water training; however, students must provide their own basic diving gear, including mask, fins, snorkel, boots, mesh bag. Call ahead to make a class appointment or check out the online schedule for certification class times.
Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia SCUBA defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts—from small children to disabled adults—explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Caribbean convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.