Humans have long envied fish for their ability to breathe underwater and swim naked without everybody getting all weird about it. Get slippery with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $29 for a 2-hour introductory Discover Scuba class (a $69 value)
Students learn the basics of aquatic breathing in a 2-hour session in a temperature-controlled pool. Before dipping so much as a toe in the water, the class covers the myths and realities of scuba diving, the setup and use of equipment, and underwater tea-party etiquette. Once the basics have been covered, classes gear up and head underwater for a series of submerged activities. This class constitutes the first step toward a full course for Open Water certification.
- $119 for a four-night Tropical Referral Open Water certification course (a $279 value)
Students begin their education with a 4- to 5-hour online course at home, then learn the essentials of certification with four sessions composed of class and pool work. Thanks to GirlDiver’s connections through Scuba Schools International to fellow instructors in hot spots from Hawaii to Bora Bora, students finalize the certification at their leisure with four open-water dives over the course of a personal vacation.
- $199 for a five-night Open Water certification course (a $429 value)
This weeknight program covers all educational sessions required for certification. All gear is included, except for a personal snorkeling system, which may be purchased or rented. Students must complete about 4 or 5 hours of online study, then dive into about 24 hours of class, pool, and open-water hours over the course of the week. Customers have a choice of a May, June, July, August, or September course.
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.