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 gives you all the skills you need to mingle with the mermaids: for $350, you get a complete scuba-diving certification package from Smoky Mountain Divers (a $700 total value). Upcoming classes are available at locations in Jefferson City, Greenville, Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport.
The certification package includes:
- Academic coursework and pool instruction (a $300 value).
- Five open-water dives (a $200 value).
- Scuba-gear rental for all pool and open-water sessions (a $75 value), which includes:
- Weight belt
- Pool rental for complete course (a $40 value).
- Instructional materials (an $85 value), which include:
- Training record
- Dive log
- Dive tables
The aquatic experts of Smoky Mountain Divers dole out extensive scuba know-how in complete SSI or PADI diver-certification courses, which introduce gleeful pupils to submarine vistas. Students get acquainted with essential equipment, techniques, and otter distress signals with a comprehensive textbook and academic coursework before plunging into a pool for in-the-water instruction. After proving their mettle in a controlled environment, burgeoning submergers leap into five open-water dives to test newfound skills and explore underwater shopping districts.
Upon completion of written quizzes and a final exam, aquanauts receive a diver’s-certification card accepted in waters around the world and good for premium parking in the Mariana Trench. Though Smoky Mountain Divers has recently switched to an SSI curriculum, the experienced instructors have a background in teaching PADI courses, and can do so upon request. The school provides all equipment and materials except for a mask, snorkel, fins, and boots, which can be purchased from Smoky Mountain Divers at a 10% discount.