The idea of scuba diving originated in an ancient Greek myth, wherein Icarus’s little brother built a wax air tank, only to venture too close to an underwater volcano. Improve on an ancient model with today’s Groupon to Grove Scuba. Choose between the following options:
- For $169, you get an advanced PADI open-water scuba certification course (a $375 value). This deal does not include the course pack ($44.10).
- For $189, you get a level-one PADI open-water introductory certification course (a $400 value). This deal does not include the course pack ($75).<p>
Groupon buyers may bring their own snorkel, mask, and fins or can purchase a set from Grove Scuba at a 25% discount.
The amphibious experts at Grove Scuba introduce habitual terrestrials to Miami’s many dive sites with beginner and advanced dive classes. Dip toes and more in the water in the entry-level Open Water Diver course, suitable for ages 10 and older, which grants certification for 60-foot dives with one classroom session and five confined water dives in a pool. The course concludes with four open-water dives over a two-day span, during which students explore underwater sites and try to rehabilitate fish-school dropouts. The advanced course, suitable for ages 12 and older, includes one classroom session and five dives that school students in wreck exploration, underwater navigation, night diving, and drift diving and furthers the career of budding ichthyologists with the AWARE fish-identification course.
PADI’s e-learning website allows the classroom session of both courses to be completed online, just like most tap-dancing degrees. Both classes also require purchase of course materials, with an open-water manual, PADI dive logbook, electronic dive planner, and certification card for the entry-level course ($75) and an advanced open-water manual and certification card for the advanced-level course ($44.10).
Named Miami’s best dive shop in 2012 by the Miami New Times, the PADI shop doubles as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Training Center, and hosts an array of scuba classes on arts from basic open water diving to capturing submerged ecosystems on film. Their multi-lingual staff can lead courses in English or Spanish, or guide clients of all nationalities through the shop’s gear, from makers such as O’Neill, Aqualung, Oceanic and Pinnacle. Visitors can also shop underwater photo and video equipment from Sealife, Light & Motion, and Aquatica, to avoid the hassle of borrowing cameras from fish.