Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you’re confident you can do it. Today’s Groupon gives you all the skills you need to mingle with the mermaids: for $199, you get a complete diving certification course at Islanders Dive Center (a $450 value). Classes are available on Saturdays at times listed on the schedule, and students should sign up two weeks in advance. The diving-certification course includes:
- Standard open-water course (a $195 value)
- Open-water training (a $139 value)
- Student crew pack (a $75.99 value)
- Two days of quarry entry (a $40 value)<p>
At Islanders Dive Center, CPR- and first-aid-certified instructors chaperone flocks of students through PADI or SDI scuba certification. Divers 14 years and older kick off underwater exploration with classroom sessions supplemented by home study, wherein students gain book smarts to ready themselves for the dive. Next, aquatic scholars prepare for open-water certification with pool training, rounding out complimentary major equipment, such as air tanks and mermaid-to-English dictionaries, while students provide their own scuba fins, snorkels, boots, and masks. Finally, students prove their mettle and earn their certification with open-water dives in local quarries, typically held over a two-day weekend. Though not included with this deal, Groupon customers can purchase equipment through Islanders Dive Center such as Viper Open Heel Fins ($89.95), an Ion Mask ($74.95), an Arid Snorkel ($34.95), and NeoSport Low Top Pull-On Boots ($32.95).