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If Seattle gets even one more inch of rain this year, the city will become impossible to negotiate without a firm foundation of scuba skills. Today's side deal preps you with a two-hour PADI scuba tutorial through GirlDiver for $29 (a $59 value). This deal is for new clients only, and you must call ahead to schedule your education into the world of the open sea. Classes run Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Teacher Cindy will show both men and women the ropes of proper equipmental practices and teach you how to properly breathe. She'll also teach you to play a bunch of fun underwater games and underwater mind games, all within the cozy confines of a heated pool.
Like dunking your head into a dentist office fish tank, scuba provides an outlet for your underwater voyeurism and numerous opportunities to delight in the "ooh" sound in the word "scuba." No matter what your level of experience, Cindy's small group classes will provide sweet reprieve from the obnoxiously dry surface world.
Remember to bring a suit and towel.
- I really appreciated the fact that she took the time to listen to my concerns and goals and really put the extra effort into making sure my advanced open water experience was a total change of pace. – swiimmer, TeachStreet
- I now have confidence in the water that I never thought I would have and a whole new world to explore. If you value your time and want only the best, There is no other choice to me, I am going back for more classes this summer. – RKD, TeachStreet
Cindy Ross was an unlikely person to found a scuba-diving school. Told by a commercial diving instructor at 19 that she was too small to scuba, Ross didn’t begin to explore the sport until she was in her 30s. Earning certification was a trial, and she spent her first four dives lugging 80-pound gear in the snow up and down a massive hill—and, adding insult to injury, the men’s equipment didn’t even fit properly. But the fifth dive changed everything. Held in Puget Sound, Ross felt a calling to the location's green waters and white anemones, and since then, the aquanaut has frolicked with such neighbors as a 1,200-pound sea lion, hundreds of Canadian seals, and a giant Pacific octopus.
At Scuba Shoppe, Ross and her team of instructors immerse guests of all ages in the sport of scuba. Try Scuba classes held in the center's 84-degree pool familiarize students with their equipment before they plunge into the water to practice. Alternatively, an open-water certification program from Scuba Schools International expounds on these pool sessions with shore dives in the rolling waters of Puget Sound, which let students hone their skills in a more realistic environment or find a dolphin pod to adopt them. As part of this training, they will visit the den of a resident Giant Pacific Octopus. For the more advanced, Scuba Shoppe provides training for specialty certifications, including rescue diving, night diving, and underwater digital photography. An onsite dive shop outfits customers with all the necessary dive gear and accessories.