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 Gigglin’ Marlin Divers. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a Discover Scuba Diving course (a $50 value).
- For $199, you get a PADI Open Water Diver certification course, including equipment rental, all course books, and daily computer rental (a $408 value).<p>
Gigglin’ Marlin’s friendly yet surprisingly serious instructors guide students through the Discover Scuba Diving course from the safe, chlorinated depths of a heated practice pool. A brief video or flip chart introduces divers to necessary techniques before they splash beneath the temperate tides, learning firsthand about buoyancy control, breathing underwater, and the funny faces that best benefit from wearing goggles. PADI–certified professionals constantly supervise amateur divers, ensuring safety and personal instruction for each aspiring aquanaut. Skills learned in the Discover course can be used as credit toward official PADI open-water diving certification, a prestigious form of identification required for entry to all undersea discotheques.
Students evolve through three phases during the full PADI Open Water Diver certification course, begining with a classroom session that covers basic physics and principles of diving. Afterwards, flipper-clad acolytes test run skills in confined water spaces, such as pools, lakes, or exceptionally large puddles, before moving on to supervised dives in wide-open waters that grant full certification in the gill-less arts.
Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School
As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school—recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press—Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.
Greenway/ Upper Kirby
2211 Richmond Ave.
Houston, Texas 77098