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With today’s Groupon, $25 gets you a private Discover Scuba Diving lesson at SPE Dive School (a $50 value), located outside of DC at 4600 N. Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, MD. If you’ve ever considered scuba diving, an SPE class is a great way to prepare yourself for discovering the mind-blowing sites seen only by scuba divers (and by the kind of coral that has eyeballs). It’s worth taking this class, if only to force yourself to plan a scuba-diving vacation so you can see the ocean floor before you die. You should know that if you die before you scuba dive, heaven is filled with an eternity of regret and an absence of oceans. Bring some friends because it's 50% lonelier under the sea than on land (hence the fish’s frowny face).
The Discover Scuba Diving class is a three-hour introduction to scuba. You’ll get one-on-one attention from an expert scuba instructor who will teach you safety tips, diving techniques, and how to use the equipment. Unlike scuba shops that offer lessons, SPE Dive School is solely devoted to teaching. Take your class on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening, and spend 90 minutes in the classroom and another 90 in the pool.
If you’re planning an island vacation or a summer honeymoon, take the Discover Scuba Diving class. If you’re not planning an exotic getaway anytime soon, you’ll still find SPE’s classes useful because DC is surprisingly packed with great dive zones. At the fountain by the World War II Memorial, you can dive and hunt for tourists’ wishes. At the Great Farm Preserves Factory, you can test your breathing technique while buried in a warm vat of strawberry jelly. But don’t attempt these dangerous dives if you’re a scuba rookie, sign up for a beginner lesson at SPE Dive School.
- "My childhood fear of deep water kept me from participating in most water sports. I finally decided to take a SCUBA course, hoping it would help me overcome this fear so I signed up with SPE Dive School, LLC. At the beginning I was sure I would never get through it, but thanks to my instructor for his patience and having one of his staff members personally spend a lot of extra time with me, I am a certified advanced diver now, and have no fear of deep water anymore." – Gina Stone, SPE Dive School website
- “Mike Parker's emphasis on safety and skill proficiency easily allayed all the fear I had about learning to SCUBA dive. By the time of my first open water certification dive in the ocean, I was well prepared to take the plunge. I was over my fear of claustrophobia, and I had no trouble with my ears or clearing my mask. The proper training I received from SPE Dive School, LLC made all the difference in the world between success and failure.” – David Hoyt, SPE Dive School website
4600 N Park Ave
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