Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you’re confident you can do it. Hone the art of subaquatic respiration with today’s Groupon to Ogden Point Dive Centre & Cafe. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a 45-minute Discover Scuba Diver class (a $67.20 value, including tax).
- For $89, you get a PADI Review/Refresher course (a $201.54 value, including tax).
Contact Ogden Point Dive Centre and Cafe for specific class dates and times; groups of two or more can be typically be accommodated outside regular class hours with reservation. Open-water dives take place several times per month.
Ogden Point Dive Centre & Cafe’s crew of certified diving instructors imparts years of self-contained underwater-breathing experience upon Cousteaus-to-be via interactive scuba courses. During the 45-minute Discover Scuba Diver class, students learn the skills necessary to dive down to a maximum depth of 12 metres, including fundamental safety precautions and how to ask for directions in colloquial orca. Aquanauts can then test out their newfound prowess amid the balmy waters of the facility’s indoor pool while under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable pedagogue. Upon completion of the class, each participant receives a certificate that can be used as credit toward a PADI open-water course or counted as one small step on the road to becoming an honorary kraken.
Alternatively, certified divers who haven’t engaged in aqueous frolicking for one to two years can jog their memories with a refresher course. Pupils brush up on technical elements by perusing the PADI Scuba Tune-Up book that sweeps away cranial cobwebs with a comprehensive overview of dive theory and a list of suitable offerings to Poseidon. After flippering through a confined-water session in the dive-centre pool, pupils later team up with a dive master or instructor for a supervised open-water dive in the ocean. Both courses include gear and equipment rentals, but swimmers should bring along their own bathing suits and towels.