Before scuba diving, underwater explorers were forced to don handmade krill costumes and stowaway in the mouths of blue whales. Avoid the dangers of possible ingestion with today's Groupon: for $20, you get admittance to one Try Scuba class at Scuba Ventures, on Texas Avenue.
Since 1975, Scuba Ventures has certified more than 12,000 ocean-delving divers at its Scuba School International Platinum Pro facility. In the Try Scuba introduction class, a Scuba Ventures' staff member imparts basic saltwater savoir-faire in approximately 90 minutes (duration varies based on the size of the class). The all-inclusive class provides briny beginners with all of the necessary equipment, including a mask, fins, snorkel, scuba tank, and a flattering, comfortable wetsuit, to facilitate underwater movement and proper attire for seahorse social gatherings. To ensure the safety and comfort of each student, the saturating skill session takes place in Scuba Ventures' indoor training pool. For more experienced explorers who wish to embark on full scuba certification, the full value of the Try Scuba class ($45) can be applied to Scuba Ventures full-certification Open Water Diver course ($364).
Scuba Ventures SSI Platinum Pro facility houses a cadre of experienced staff and instructors, giving prospective students access to more than 20 salty scuba courses, from beginner courses all the way to the courses necessary for becoming certified to instruct other aspiring ocean voyagers. The class selection includes drysuit diving, wreck diving, deep diving, and night diving, a skill-building course that teaches night safety, as well as techniques for stealthy midnight raids on octopus refrigerators.
With more than 13,000 divers certified under their tutelage since 1975, Scuba Ventures' instructors, dive-control specialists, and dive masters guide pupils through the three steps toward scuba certification. Students first learn diving and safety fundamentals during classroom training and practice sessions in Scuba Ventures' heated indoor pool. Then teachers whisk them away on two-day open-water training trips to locales such as the Caribbean or Lake Ouachita where, upon successful completion, they earn an open-water certification card and a free back scratch from a puffer fish.
Instructors also teach an array of training courses ranging from spearfishing sessions to lessons in underwater photography. Scuba Ventures also sponsors dive trips throughout the year, which guests can stock up for by renting or purchasing brand-name gear from the shop.