Somewhere far below sea level, the most fashionable critters in the sub-surface 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 Divers Supply. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a two-hour Discover Scuba introductory class (a $50 value). Students must know how to swim and pass a medical questionnaire to take the class.
- For $167, you get a PADI open-water diver course and one-year club membership (a $335.90 value).
Rated a five-star training facility by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Divers Supply endows aspiring Jacque Cousteaus with sea-submergence skills through capable coaching. The Discover Scuba experience greets 8–10 students with an introductory video explaining the basic principles of diving, then plunges them into the heated indoor pool for a practice session. The final hour finds aqua-pupils splashing around the deep end, practicing fundamental techniques, and learning how to ask for directions in a catfish’s native language.
With PADI’s award-winning home study program, divers in the open-water course master the fundamentals of scuba starting from the comfort of their couches. The Crew Pack (a $95.90 value) comes with an audio/visual training aid, manual, water-proof dive tables, log book, instructional CD, and a tin-can telephone for gossiping with Poseidon. Following the completion of the home study, students receive 10 hours of guided skill training (a $200 value).
Participants in the Discover Scuba experience need only bring a swimsuit and a towel, as all the necessary gear for the lesson will be provided. Those in the Open Water Diver course should also bring dive-quality masks, snorkels, fins, dive boots, and weights; detachable gills are optional for both.