Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you're confident you can do it. Today's Groupon helps you get the skills to mingle with the mermaids: for $89, you get a Discover Scuba lesson, an Adventure Dive, a dive video ($203 value), plus $50 off your next scuba class from Scuba Lessons, Inc. Lessons and dives take place at one of three locations: Deleon Springs near Deland; Blue Heron Bridge outside of Palm Beach; and Lake Denton, south of Orlando.
Scuba Lessons, Inc. sends aquaphiles safely below the surface, helping them learn the ins and outs of the waterlogged realms beneath the waves. In the Discover Scuba lesson, fledgling divers learn important safety guidelines and techniques and get acquainted with the equipment involved in diving, including the mask, regulator, and English-Merspeak phrasebook. Neophytes then suit up and get comfortable breathing in real water, rather than pool water or chocolate pudding. Skill-building games are used to make the learning experience memorable and fun and amateurs are taught scuba tricks of the trade, such as how to clear a mask whilst submerged and the best way to tell a clingy remora that you feel it's just time to move on.
Following the basic training, newbies get some supervised, first-hand dive experience to put their flipper skills to work. Though the class-and-dive combo—which lasts one to two hours altogether—stops short of full certification, those interested in pursuing their diver's licenses can use the time logged in the Adventure Dive toward their advancement, plus they can take advantage of a $50 credit toward their next class. A dive video is included to relive memories of the dive at home and help establish street cred with Aquaman’s posse.