Biologists estimate that water makes up 65% of the human body, 71% of the planet's surface, and 0% of the R & B group Earth, Wind & Fire. Conquer the planet’s most prevalent liquid with today’s Groupon: for $199, you get an Openwater Diver course at Dive Right In Scuba in Plainfield (up to a $399 value).
Dive Right In Scuba's expert diving instructors prime students to travel underwater avenues during a revolving schedule of classes and pool time. The aqueous path to open-water certification begins on dry land with required classroom sessions that participants complete online. Upon finishing the necessary bookwork, students venture into the pool for hands-on application of scuba skills, such as breathing while submerged and lifting the spirits of frowny clownfish. After divers pass pool tests, they head to Haigh Quarry to demonstrate newly honed skills amid fish, sunken boats, and discarded Billy Ocean cassettes. Pupils aged 10–15 who successfully earn their sea-legs receive certification to dive 40 feet below the water's surface, whereas pupils aged 16 and older can plunge 60 feet deep. To participate, students must provide their own gear, including a mask, fins, snorkel, and boots; however, Groupon users will receive 5% off equipment purchased from Dive Right In Scuba.
Dive Right In Scuba
One fish peeks out inquisitively from behind a lichen-covered tank. Others swim through the windows and railings of a sunken ship, passing odd artifacts such as an electric guitar or a sign reading "Tricycle parking only." Surreal scenes like these aren’t accessible to most landlubbers, but they’re part of a worldwide subaquatic playground for Dive Right In’s students and staff of certified dive instructors and instructor trainers. An SDI, ERDi, and TDI five-star instructor training facility, the shop is helmed by teachers who coach their customers to achieve RTSC standards, and employ many of the same skills they use to train police, fire department, and lifeguard dive teams.
Among the caves and wrecks of local quarries and Lake Michigan, instructors prepare their trainees to dive down as far as 60 feet, the farthest depth at which they can guarantee there’ll be no sea monsters. They also lead courses in TDI technical diving, diver First-Aid, and specialty certifications such as adventure or rescue diver. Inside the dive shop, techs sell and repair masks, snorkels, wetsuits, and gear such as dive computers, regulators, and tanks.