Learning to breathe underwater doesn't only set you up to explore oceanic wonders, it also offers a clever means of skirting around Jacques Cousteau restraining orders. Take the first step to getting up and close with your underwater obsessions with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a Discover Scuba Diving class at The Scuba Club in West Palm Beach (a $125 value).
The Scuba Club's team of certified instructors has helped novice divers take the plunge toward certification since 1972. The club's Discover Scuba Diving class lets nautical newbies get their gills wet in a safe, shark-free environment, starting with a one-hour classroom session during which students are introduced to basic underwater breathing techniques, safety rules, and equipment usage. Then, pupils move to one of two on-site pools for the next one to two hours, where friendly scuba professionals demonstrate how to monitor depth, time, and air supply while stylishly accessorizing buoyancy compensating jackets and emerging dorsal fins in compliance with autumn fashions. The Scuba Club provides all necessary class equipment, leaving your sister's ballet flippers to survive another day and your rhinestone-studded wetsuit to continue serving a purely aesthetic purpose.
Anyone 10 years or older and in good health is welcome to participate in the quick and easy introductory class, and graduates of the Discover Scuba Diving class can opt to move on to the Open Water Diver course, which concludes with a certification card. Check the calendar to find a Discover Scuba session that jives with your schedule, and call to reserve a spot in class.
The Scuba Club
Akin to the Batmen of the sea, the divemasters and instructors at The Scuba Club lead underwater adventures from their multi-level seaside mansion, using only the very best toys. After outfitting customers with gear from their Scubapro Platinum Dealer shop, they cart passengers to the many dive-ready sites a mere 20-minute journey away aboard their U.S. Coast Guard-certified boat. Beneath the waves, divers encounter turtles, eels, sharks, and rays in an aquatic parade of regular reef creatures and Atlantic water visitors.