Oceans are the earth's final frontier, holding thousands of uncategorized species of fish and one plastic bag filled with loose doll hairs. Uncover the mysteries of the deep with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $195 for a six-session scuba-certification course with an overnight weekend certification trip to Lake Pleasant (a $395 value)
- $95 for a six-session scuba-certification course (a $195 value)
- $49 for a Try Scuba class for two (a $100 value)
The scuba course typically meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each weekend day encompasses two sessions—one in the classroom and one in the pool. For in-water instruction, students must provide their own mask, fins, snorkel, and booties, which are available for purchase from Planet Scuba. The class provides a buoyancy-control device, regulator, computer, wetsuit, personal log book, and tanks. For more information, see the schedule.
Trips to Lake Pleasant include five checkout dives, which span a Saturday and Sunday morning. The lake is located a 2.5-hour drive from Tuscon; overnight accommodation and transportation there and back are not included in this deal.
Alternatively, two-hour Try Scuba classes allow newbies to taste-test underwater breathing methods and maneuvers. All equipment is provided except a bathing suit and a towel, and class time can count toward an eventual open-water certification.
Christopher Goodwill and Michael Makoid met while diving in the Sea of Cortez. The duo’s shared passion for scuba led them to found Planet Scuba; nowadays, they lead fellow divers on trips to the sea where they first met, as well as to Key Largo, St. Croix, and other exotic locales.
The shop arms patrons for independent dive trips as well with open-water certification courses. During 22 hours of coursework that combine classroom instruction and pool lessons, students learn basic diving techniques, such as removing the helium balloons tied to their wrists. Classes close with an optional overnight dive trip, on which students earn their certification. The gear store—which stocks equipment for snorkeling and swimming as well as diving—can equip aquatic explorers for any kind of expedition.