Outside of cooking gourmet fish food or taking one's fishbowl to a Padres game for some quality father-carp time, scuba diving is the best way to bond with a pet goldfish. Become better friends with your pet with today's Groupon: for $139, you get a PADI open-water scuba-diving certification course at Rick's Diving Locker in Escondido (a $299 value).
A PADI five-star training facility owned and operated by a scuba instructor with more than 2,500 open-water dives, Rick's Diving Locker imparts aquatic amateurs and underwater experts alike with scuba-diving know-how. Each open-water dive-certification class trains landfarers in the use of scuba equipment and safety procedures. After absorbing scuba basics in an online course, pupils purchase specially tailored snorkel gear before taking their inaugural pool dive at the start of the seminar. Students receive lifetime scuba-diving certification after four half days, including nine dives in contained pools, the clear waters off the San Diego coast, and the bloodstream of a classmate in a very special Magic School Bus episode. Certification comes with a treasure trove of perks, such as free scuba-equipment rental for the length of the course, a six-month subscription to Dive Training magazine, and advice for divers on what to do if a manatee tries to sell them counterfeit designer sunglasses.
Must be 14 or older. This Groupon does not include dive-quality mask, snorkel, fins, or boots. These items are available for purchase at Rick's Diving Locker.
Rick's Diving Locker
PADI-certified instructors at Rick's Diving Locker teach students through a variety of underwater exploration techniques, opening up an entire world underneath the waves. After earning their PADI certifications, pupils can undertake more intensive coursework, such as wreck diving, underwater photography and search and recovery. Clients suit up with personal snorkeling gear and scuba suits, tanks, and flippers from brands such as SeaQuest, Diving Unlimited International, and Aqua Lung before setting out for undersea adventures or boudoir photo shoots. Chartered boat trips tour the local waters of Wreck Alley and the Los Coronado Islands, whereas faraway excursions to Beqa Lagoon in Fiji introduce travelers to 190 miles of coral, as well as colorful octopi and blue-ribbon eels.