Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you're confident you can do it. Gain all the skills you need to mingle with the mermaids with today's Groupon: For $139, you get a confined-water certification (a $289 value) from Northland Scuba in Oakdale. The certification includes the following:
- All classroom and home-study materials
- All certification fees
- All rental equipment except fins, a snorkel, and a mask
- All pool dives
- Confined-water certification
- A referral for any open-water certification that can be used at any destination (a $40 value). The cost of dives will vary by location.
Northland Scuba's veteran instructors harness more than 30 years experience when immersing fledgling divers in engaging lessons that garner internationally recognized SSI certifications. Scuba neophytes dip into confined-water pools under an instructor's watchful eye as they soak up essential skills for basic dives and sleeping inside waterbeds. Resulting open-water referrals can be used in at any locale, allowing divers to prove their open water mettle on impromptu field trips to tropical certification spots without spending their entire vacations in a classroom. Before scheduling inaugural classes, students must complete the required medical form and procure their own snorkels, masks, and fins.
For more than 30 years, the pros at Northland Scuba have plunged the depths of waters both domestic and abroad seeking aquatic adventure. At their shop and water-filled practice studio, they cover all the essentials to get students SSI scuba certified with classroom, pool, and open-water training. Beyond basic certification, the subsea experts demystify adventure diving and master certification or arrange diving trips to the Cayman Islands, Thailand, and Australia. Since safe diving requires more than a bathing suit and 20 crazy straws hot glued together, Northland Scuba stocks top-shelf equipment from Aqua Lung, SeaQuest, and Apeks.