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 today’s Groupon to QC Scuba in Wantagh. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a PADI Discover Scuba course for one (a $100 value).
- For $75, you get a PADI Discover Scuba course for two (a $200 value).
The PADI- and first aid-certified instructors at QC Scuba school students in the slippery ways of underwater breathing apparati with hands-on courses held seven days a week. PADI designs its Discover Scuba course to expose students to breathing underwater, which is the most elemental of scuba techniques next to looking good in a wetsuit. After a brief introduction at QC headquarters, pool dives are held outdoors in Bellmore, Huntington, or Bayshore or indoors at Queensborough Community College or the Freeport Rec Center.
Groups, which have a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 6:1, slap on stylish fins, masks, and snorkels, strap on a buoyancy-compensating jacket and tank, and look over their regulator and instrumentation before taking the plunge into shallow depths to a maximum of 20 feet. The 60- to 90-minute course introduces students to underwater breathing and movement, and safety skills learned can be applied toward a PADI open-water diving certification.
Aqua-curious children as young as 8 years old can get their gills wet in specialized "bubblemaker" classes. All students are required to bring their own bathing suit, towel, and human-merman dictionary. Before the course, QC Scuba asks its apprentice divers to complete the PADI medical-release form.