Scuba divers communicate with ships through tugs on their dive line, with one pull meaning "lower me further" and two signaling "this squid won't stop flirting with me." Learn the language of the sea with today's Groupon: for $199, you get a PADI open-water-certification course, including dives, at Squalo Divers in North Miami Beach (a $450 value).
A PADI five-star dive center, Squalo Divers facilitates underwater pursuits with a three-tiered diving course that forges certified aquanauts with hands-on and academic exercises. After pupils crack included booklets to complete the self-study portion of the class, an experienced underwater educator conducts a review and supervises pool plunges. Instructors share scuba fundamentals, equipment, and their favorite flounder recipes using simple language so that even young participants can easily follow along.
Following a full day of pool dives, students venture out to one of a variety of dive sites along the coast of the Atlantic puddle. During four open-water training dives during two days, submarine novices hone skills to become masked masters in the art of breathing underwater, navigating the open ocean, and detecting fraudulent sand dollars. Teachers supervise while fledgling divers swim solo during the weekend outings to nearby dive sites, where students will earn their PADI open-water-diver certification upon completion.
Squalo Divers, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, works in tandem with top industry brands such as Aqualung, Mares, and GoPro to outfit divers so they can explore underwater ecosystems. Equipment such as tanks, depth gauges and buoyancy-control devices prepares landlubbers for underwater travel without tricking a whale into swallowing them. Alternatively, the shop’s maintenance services can whip older gear into working order before each aqueous adventure.
Taught by certified instructors, Squalo Divers' courses run the gamut of scuba instruction, ranging from basic open-water certification to emergency-responder techniques. Courses incorporate cutting-edge training materials—including dependable gear and online study aids—and are taught in English or Spanish. The scuba center also offers trips to explore local waterways renowned for their extensive array of marine life.
North Miami Beach
16604 NE 2nd Ave.
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162