Americans have always been trailblazers, from laying the track on the first intercontinental railroad to hacking through the petrified forest of national flags on the moon. Conquer the final frontier, the ocean, with this Groupon.
- $149 for a PADI open-water dive course ($325 Value)
Part one of the certification process, the PADI open-water dive course combines classroom and pool sessions to introduce novice divers to the fundamentals of the sport. Divers bring a mask, fins, and a snorkel, or purchase them for a discount at the pro shop. The staff provides the rest of the necessary materials, including a regulator system, scuba cylinder, and weights. Once the course is completed, divers can continue onto advanced open-water courses. See a list of class dates and more information.
D. D. Dive
A PADI five-star dive center, D. D. Dive outfits novice swimmers with all the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to swim beneath the waves. Their courses are made up of classroom sessions, pool work, and open-water excursions to prepare each student according to PADI guidelines. The instructors also offer classes in rescue diving and diving-instructor as well as dive-master training, all of which are useful skills when working to open a dive school for dolphins. Once certified, new divers can go with the school on a globetrotting trip to a diving mecca such as Bonne Terre Mine, Kona, or the Galapagos Islands.