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What You'll Get
Similar to tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with today’s Groupon to HydroSports Dive and Travel in Keizer. Choose between the following options:
For $15, you get a two-hour deluxe Discover Scuba class (a $35 value).
For $199, you get a PADI Open Water Diver course (a $485 total value; see below for information on additional required equipment). The course includes:
- Dive instruction (a $250 value)
- Take-home video with footage of your training session (a $50 value)
- PADI Open Water certification fee (a $35 value)
- Gear rental and pool- and ocean-dive fees (a $75 value)
- Textbooks and electronic dive calculator (a $75 value)
The enthusiastic staff of HydroSports Dive and Travel introduce landlocked Portlanders to the vibrant world lurking just under its waters. After a brief tutorial, Discover Scuba's PADI-certified instructor will show aquatic aspirants ages 10 and older the fundamentals of underwater existence in the safe, kraken-free confines of a warm pool. Once students have toweled off from the two-hour session, they'll be sent home with a complimentary high-definition DVD with footage of the scuba outing.
Though students will be certified to sit in puddles with scuba gear on after just one class, they won't be certified to dive. For that, they'll need the PADI Open Water Diver course, a more intensive five-session aquatic academy that teaches surface swimmers everything they need to grow gills and safely explore the oceanic underworld free of police escorts. After five guided confined-water dives, which are videotaped for posterity's sake, students venture to the open waters of Hood Canal for four open-water dives. For those who are traveling for the open-water component of the course, lodging is available (but not included in this Groupon) for $110 per night at the The Yellow House in Hoodsport, Washington.
HydroSports Dive and Travel outfits customers with all basic diving equipment and training materials, including books, a dive planner, and a certification-card application. Participants in the Discover Scuba class only need to bring a towel and swimsuit, and participants in the Open Water Diver course must have a scuba-quality mask, snorkel, fins, and boots. Groupon customers who do not have this gear can rent it for the duration of their diving session or class for an additional $50, or purchase it at a 20% discount.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 9, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts for 2-hour option. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 10 or older and accompanied by guardian if under 18. Must sign waiver. Not valid for lodging for open water training dives. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About HydroSports Dive and Travel
HydroSports Dive and Travel’s certified scuba instructors tap into their enthusiasm for all things aquatic to train nascent sea explorers with thorough diving instruction. The staff formulate a roster of classes that includes a wide range of lessons, from basic tutorials that introduce essential skills to advanced courses that yield open-water certification and the ability to recite Keats underwater.
In addition to classes, HydroSports' onsite shop packs an arsenal of equipment from top-quality brands and ample rental gear for self-arranged dives. HydroSports Dive and Travel’s trainers also organize frequent diving excursions amid marine wonderlands such as Palau, Santa Catalina Island, and Poseidon's living room.