If foam noodles can be found floating on the surface of almost every pool, think how many perfectly salted meatballs must be at the bottom of the ocean. Discover the sea's sunken treats with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a two-hour PADI scuba tutorial through GirlDiver (a $59 value). Classes run Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor Cindy’s infectious enthusiasm for diving makes her GirlDiver classes an enlightening experience for novice undersea explorers looking to gain a basic idea of scuba practice and technique. In this introduction to scuba, Cindy acquaints you with all the gear needed to breathe beneath the waves and disguise recent elbow implants. She’ll also lead lively underwater games within the cozy confines of a heated pool. By the end of this two-hour venture, waterlogged participants will be ready for the full PADI open-water certification course.
Like dunking your head into a dentist-office fish tank, scuba provides an outlet for underwater voyeurism and numerous chances to over-enunciate the "ooh” in "scuba." No matter what your level of experience, Cindy’s small group classes grant sweet reprieve from the cruel, dry real world.
- 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
- Overall, I've had an incredibly positive experience, and I'm really glad I got to do some of my SCUBA training through GirlDiver! – k v., Yelp
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.