Scuba diving is the only way left to find hidden treasure, befriend a nautical skeleton, or strap a huge tank to yourself. Explore the possibilities with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a PADI open-water scuba-certification course at Just Add H2O in South Bend (a $300 value). Classes are available on December 17 and 18, February 21 and 22, April 12 and 22, and June 16 and 17. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Specializing in training all skill levels, the experts at Just Add H2O guide divers toward PADI scuba certifications during weekend courses. Broken down into three parts, the open-water course begins with registration and dedicated consumption of an open-water manual and DVD (not included), preparing soon-to-be-divers for a sequence of quizzes followed by a final exam and an underwater chess match. Next, splash into a series of five confined-water sessions, learning to become acquainted with the equipment. Finally, Gilboa Quarry sets the stage for a string of four open-water dives, in depths from 5 to more than 130 feet, after which H2O-spelunkers receive their certification card; a designation that is recognized worldwide, enabling exotic dives and granting access to mermaid nightclubs.
Just Add H2O
Just Add H2O's diving experts have guided students of all levels of experience safely through waters for more than 34 years. Providing diving certifications through PADI and NAUI, instructors chart progression from introductory diving lessons all the way up to instructor certification, which comes with a license to ride giant seahorses. Just Add H2O's staff also hosts local and regional dives and leads trips to Lake Michigan shipwrecks, the cool depths of Gilboa Quarry, and tropical destinations such as Truk Lagoon in the Eastern Caroline Islands. To ensure that dives proceed without a hitch, the facility lets guests rent or purchase gear and can help to maintain used equipment.