Apart from ransacking Blackbeard's knickknack shelf or scanning a dragon's lair with a metal detector, scuba diving remains the only way to retrieve long-forgotten treasure chests. Learn to brave the great lost and found of the deep with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a discover scuba diving class at Scuba Jenn in Blue Springs (a $30 value). Courses are open to students ages 10 and older, though those younger than 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.
Passionate PADI-certified instructor Jennifer Feller travels the world as a recreational diver, constantly accumulating new skills to pass onto students of all abilities and backgrounds—Feller even teaches public-safety diving to police, fire, and EMS dive teams. During the discover scuba diving course, beginning students get to try out standard equipment in the safe shallow water of a pool, practicing the particulars of breathing and belting show tunes while fully submerged. As pupils warm up to their surroundings, they can amuse themselves with an assortment of underwater playthings, such as frisbees, toy torpedoes, and their toes. Though the intro lesson is not a scuba certification class, it's a helpful and informative starting point for pupils who are considering further training in the subaquatic arts.
The Playground Dive Shop
Scuba enthusiast Jennifer Feller's unconditional love for underwater sightseeing and pruney fingers constantly prompts her to explore the depths of aqueous avenues far and wide. As an IDC-trained PADI instructor and volunteer search-and-rescue diver, she teaches first responders the indispensable skills needed for effective public-safety diving. At The Playground Dive Shop, Feller's very own scuba emporium, her knowledgeable staff, which includes a retired Navy submariner, unveils a collection of the latest diving gear and repairs broken or faulty equipment. They also empower visitors to take their own watery plunges during a variety of scuba-diving courses, which teach participants the basics of underwater breathing, the techniques needed to earn an open-water certification, and underwater photography tips––such as making sure you snap multiple pictures, just in case a fish blinks.