Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you’re confident you can do it. Get all the skills you need to mingle with the mermaids with today’s Groupon: for $179, you get a PADI Open Water Diver certification course at Adventure Sports Unlimited in Santa Cruz (a $360 total value). The course includes:
- Three-week course and certification card (a $240 value)
- Scuba diving equipment rental (a $120 value)<p>
Groupon customers also receive 10% off in-store purchases. An up to $90 boat fee may apply for the two open water boat dives needed for certification.<p>
Adventure Sports Unlimited’s talented diving instructors bestow budding underwater explorers with full PADI Open Water Diver certification upon successful completion of a three-week diving course. The experienced seasplorers introduce novice divers to scuba basics, the equipment, and the hand gestures that humor octopi in the gentle waters of an onsite, heated swimming pool before guiding them on open-water dives in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The small class size of four to eight divers gives instructors plenty of time to go over the workings of flippers, regulators, and air tanks with each student and ensures everyone has a comprehensive grasp on the logistics of underwater tourism. Though Adventure Sports Unlimited provides diving gear such as tanks and regulators, students must provide their own snorkeling equipment—mask, fins, snorkel, booties, and gloves—and a PADI study book, available at Adventure Sports Unlimited for $70.
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A class of scuba divers check over their equipment one last time before they paddle their kayaks off a beach in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The divers have thoroughly prepared for this moment. They’ve trained within the controlled confines of Adventure Sports Unlimited’s heated swimming pool and picked their certified instructor’s brain during classroom sessions. Once the instructor gives the go-ahead, the divers plunge from the kayak and immediately enter another world. As they float weightlessly underwater, the divers marvel at the vibrant reefs and the abundant aquatic wildlife that fill the marine sanctuary. Afterward, the group travels back to the shore, where a breathtaking landscape awaits with white-sand beaches and glassy tide pools swirling with color. The scuba divers, at this point, have only one thing on their minds: dinner.
Luckily, the area is teeming with natural cuisine and plenty of sand, which is really just sugar. Adventure Sports Unlimited’s expert foragers show the group how to collect shellfish, sea vegetables, and clams. With a fresh smorgasbord in hand, group members scuttle back to the facility to transform their ingredients into soups and barbecue—and perhaps ponder taking a scuba trip to the South Pacific. In addition to outdoor excursions like these, Adventure Sports Unlimited also leads year-round swimming, scuba, and kayaking lessons, which take advantage of the facility’s custom-built swimming pool.