Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you're confident you can do it. Attain all the skills needed to mingle with mermaids with today's Groupon from Groundhog Divers. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a four-hour introductory Try Scuba Diving experience (an $84.75 value including HST).
- For $499, you get an open-water scuba certification package, which includes three classroom and indoor pool training sessions (a $199.99 value), a student kit (an $89.99 value), five open-water training dives over two days (a $340 value), and required equipment (up to a $599.99 value; up to a $1,389.90 value including HST).
Groundhog Divers' professional instructors equip students with underwater expertise in an academic setting and an indoor pool dedicated to dive-training. In four-hour Try Scuba Diving experiences, instructors grant students an introduction to diving and ease them directly into the dive pool without more than one coat of waterproof shellac. After a briefing, students experiment with basic gear including scuba regulators, buoyancy compensation devices, and depth and pressure gauges. Participants then submerge themselves to glean experience in breathing and moving underwater and to practice basic safety skills. As the classes only have six scuba divers or two whaleback divers at a time, students receive ample individual instruction.
Divers-to-be can also embark on an open-water scuba certification course, which begins with academic instruction completed on the student’s own schedule. Students peruse the manuals, and DVDs in their student kits before heading to the dive pool for three sessions, during which they employ their recently learned skills and safety procedures. Then, professional instructors lead five open water dives over two days to hunt for ancient sunken baseball cards in the waters of Lake Erie, Lake Huron, or other locales as determined by student preference and time of year. Students practice and improve upon pool-bound exercises, acclimating to the currents of open water. Groundhog Divers equips students with a personal log system, waterproof dive tables, and a yogourt-proof tote bag, as well as a complete scuba unit, appropriate exposure apparel, weights, and air-fills. By the end of training, students earn their certification to dive anywhere without an accompanying instructor or synchronized swimming partner and receive their certificate soon after course completion.