Somewhere far below sea level, the most fashionable critters in the subsurface world are gracefully strutting their stuff in form-fitting wetsuits with foot-flattering flippers. Grace the coveted underwater runways of exploration with today's Groupon to Diver's Den in St. Marys, Georgia. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a Discover Scuba package (a $20 value).
- For $125, you get a scuba party for up to eight people (a $250 value).
The experienced professionals at Diver's Den nurture diving cubs into full-grown underwater explorers with fun and safe introductory and full-certification diving courses. During the three-hour introduction-to-scuba class, fledgling divers will jump into the heated indoor pool to learn underwater fundamentals, such as proper equipment use and how to harness porpoises to pull a sea chariot. Alternatively, groups of up to eight can spend two hours in a Diver's Den scuba party (a $250 value), where they will receive a private introduction-to-scuba-diving session before splashing around in the pool. Once partiers have adjusted to the equipment, they can play fun games such as an underwater relay and a "through the hoop" torpedo contest. All equipment is provided for both options, and groups even have access to the Diver's Den kitchen and party area tables for bring-your-own snacks and refreshments or spontaneous arm-wrestling competitions.
The seasoned aqua men who own St. Mary's haven for Scuba aficionados also own the 6,000-square-foot building that houses the business. The diving specialists oversaw the construction of what would become their own self-contained underwater-experience facility. Adding to varied careers that encompassed naval service and cave diving, Bruce MacDougall and Chris Whitlock opened Diver’s Den in 2000, scheduling charters for open-water dives or practice dives in the company's heated, indoor pool. Over the last decade, Diver's Den has become a well-regarded source for both recreational diving instruction and professional training of rescue personnel.
The team of PADI-certified diving teachers at Diver’s Den regularly explores the region's offshore diving sites aboard its 36-foot Gulfstream boat, the Georgia Wreckreation. The team members once memorably aided the underwater investigations of famed wreck historian Richie Kohler (whose conquests have included the Titanic) as he dove off the Georgia coast to visit mysterious sunken wrecks and his snooty in-laws who live in Atlantis' biggest mermansion.