If foam noodles can be found floating on the surface of almost every pool, think how many perfectly salted meatballs must be at the bottom of the ocean. Discover the sea's sunken treats with today's Groupon: for $149, you get an open-water scuba-diving certification course at Scuba West in Hudson (a $329.95 value). The four-day course meets on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Scuba West's expert instructors impart the skills and certification needed for unsupervised journeys into the deep blue during a four-day open-water diving course. Students first attend two days of classroom sessions to soak up guidelines for subaquatic conduct and their codenames for elaborate oyster heists. The second two-day portion of the class outfits pupils with scuba gear before an initial practice dive in the heated onsite pool. Once acclimated to their new gills, guests leap into their sea legs by navigating the limestone formations of Hudson Grotto, conveniently located on Scuba West's complex.
Divers receive their PADI open-water certification following completion of the course, which enables them to explore most bodies of water without a mentor or chartered manatee chaperone. A maximum class size of eight ensures personalized tutelage for all aquanauts. Though most scuba gear is provided, patrons must supply their own mask, fins, snorkel, weights, and weight belt, or rent them for $20 a day on the last two days of the course.
Scuba West's expert instructors impart the skills and certification needed for unsupervised journeys into the deep blue. Participants can earn their PADI open-water certifications at Scuba West’s full training facility, which features classrooms, an on-site heated pool, an open-water training site, and a retail area with equipment that can be rented or purchased. Students can further their water skills in courses and get their PADI open-water certification, which enables them to explore most bodies of water without a manatee chaperone.