If foam noodles can be found floating on the surface of almost every pool, think how many perfectly salted meatballs must be at the bottom of the ocean. Discover the sea's sunken treats with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a Try Scuba lesson at Gypsy Divers Aquatic Center, located just off of I-440 at New Bern Avenue (a $60 value). The three-hour sessions are held on Saturdays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. You must be at least 12 years of age to use today's Groupon, and divers under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver and release form. All students must sign a medical release form, preferably with an antique quill.
Dedicated scuba instructors for more than 25 years, married mariners Dave Farrar and Margie Rhodes opened Gypsy Divers Aquatic Center in 2001 to fulfill their dream of offering aqueous awareness to all curious mammals. Students are outfitted with all the necessary equipment for the three-hour Try Scuba course, wherein a friendly, certified teacher will educate the wannabe wet-suited on the basics of underwater breathing, proper safety precautions, and kelp etiquette. After spending a few minutes acclimating to the experience in Gypsy Divers' warm, clean indoor pool, the wonders of the lavish submerged lifestyle, such as exploring a lost city or owning a shell-shuttered house with a kelp-picket fence, will reveal themselves to each aspirant diver.
Though the class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles. While breathing underwater can feel a little strange at first, it quickly becomes second nature after a bit of submerged practice. Post-class, prepare to be able to shower for hours, retrieve all the coins from the bottom of every fountain, and defuse nuclear bombs perched perilously above an abyssal alien city. Call ahead to make a reservation.
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