Scuba divers drop to the bottom of the ocean for sunken treasure, just as celebrities drop to the bottom of best-dressed lists for wearing scuba gear on the red carpet. Don situation-appropriate duds with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a Discover Scuba lesson for two, including all rental gear, at Panama City Dive Charters in Panama City (a $200 value).
Panama City Dive Charters dips nascent scuba students below sea level to explore serene oceanic expanses. During a four- to six-hour Discover Scuba session, new divers meet with a friendly, experienced instructor in a classroom setting to go over safety tips before they’re outfitted with all the necessary gear, including air tanks and suits. Open-water dives allow ocean explorers to soak in nature's majesty firsthand alongside two to eight classmates. And though Panama City Dive Charters teaches diving-certification programs, this class won't churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, but it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles. Call ahead to schedule dives.
Panama City Diving
The PADI-certified instructors at Panama City Diving run their classes with a focus on the heart of scuba diving-fun and adventure-while keeping safety and each student's diving success as the primary goals. With online courses as well as pool and open-water instruction available, the team prepares divers to explore the region's aquatic splendor, such as Vortex Spring and Morrison Springs. The squad also arranges adventuresome ocean-scuba-diving trips and spearfishing outings during which divers kick through crystal-clear waters to hunt treasure, catch dinner, and play Go Fish with the local mermaids.
Gulf Lagoon Beach
5512 Thomas Dr.
Panama City, Florida 32408