"Scuba", like "sonar" and "happy", started out as an acronym in a third grader's acrostic poem but turned into a standalone word after his dog literally ate part of his homework. Give scuba its individual recognition with today's Groupon to Mac's Sports, with three area locations in Clearwater, in Dunedin and on North Dale Mabry Highway. All initial water training takes place at the Clearwater location. Choose between the following scuba options:
- For $129, you get a three-week scuba certification course (a $349.85 value).
- For $89, you get a two-hour scuba experience at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on a Sunday (a $159.95 value).
Mac's Sports boasts a storied history and a knowledgeable staff of diving enthusiasts intent on spreading scuba love and safety tips. Perfect your gill-flaring abilities in the school's certification course. Classes are two nights per week and introduce basic techniques via academic materials, an included DVD and plunges in a heated indoor pool. Suited-up swimmers are then taken to show off their new skills on two dives in the great outdoors. Or taste-test magical waters during a two-hour Sunday scuba experience at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (admission to the park included), a whimsical mermaid-themed oasis featuring finned "maidens" who engage in daily shows and synchronized underwater tax filings.
Divers will need to provide their own mask, fins, snorkel, weights and weight belt or rent them from Mac's at a cost of $20 per night.
Mac’s Sports was born as the Beach Store in 1938, a general shop that supplied visitors of the neighboring beach with groceries, newspapers, fishing gear, and snack food. After the owners and their kids moved to New Mexico during World War II, the shop was renamed Mac’s and became a hit with youngsters due to its sought-after candy bars and heroic staff of swamp things. Though the original owners would soon repurchase their former business, its new name stuck, and the store would eventually evolve into Mac’s Dive Shop with a renewed emphasis on watersports and outdoor recreations. Mac’s has since opened two more in locations in Tampa and Clearwater, and its team boasts well over a century of cumulative scuba-diving experience.
Underwater jaunts remain the central focus of the shop, where instructors help students earn their gills with conveniently scheduled scuba-diving courses. After graduating from the open-water certification program, beginners can finally pull back the kelp curtains of their suspiciously private aquatic neighbors, and experienced divers can seek advanced education in higher-lever diving techniques and digital underwater photography. Group classes and guided dives take place nearly every day.