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 this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $399 for a four-day PADI open-water-certification course on Catalina Island (an $850 value)
- $249 for a four-day PADI open-water-certification course in San Pedro (a $500 value)
Over two weekends, certified dive instructors teach students the basic abilities, equipment use, and safety protocols for exploring open waters by themselves. On the first Saturday and Sunday, classes convene at an indoor location, with students spending four hours studying course materials and four hours practicing underwater breathing in a heated pool. The second weekend, divers can opt for two four-hour excursions to San Pedro's local beaches or a full-weekend getaway to Catalina Island. The Catalina Island trip includes ferry tickets, transportation, and accommodations at Seaport Village Inn. While in the open water, local aquatic life abounds, with groups frequently sighting eels, bat rays, and sea lions.
Jacques Cousteau had barely slipped the first scuba tank off his back when Pacific Wilderness opened its doors in 1953. Since then, the shop’s staffers have used their collective expertise to outfit divers with high-quality equipment from brands including Aqualung, Oceanic, Scubapro, Seaquest, and Zeagle.
They also teach PADI scuba-certification courses that range from basic open-water training to advanced rescue diving. Lessons start at the on-land facility's heated pool but progress to weekend-long dives in the waters of Redondo Beach. The shop's scuba-philes also arrange journeys to exotic locales such as the Sipadan Water Village Resort in Malaysia and the secret depths of Camp David's presidential bathtub.