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. Start discovering the sea's sunken treats with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour Taste of Scuba class (a $55 value) at The Dive Shop, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center in Fairfax. Classes are held in the evenings and are open to students 14 years or older.
The Taste of Scuba course introduces aspiring mermen and maids to the basic underwater breathing techniques in a safe, unthreatening environment. The two-hour class takes place in a portion of The Dive Shop's indoor pool that is only three feet deep, letting students experience the sensation of weightlessness without the weightiness of realizing that you're just a small fish in a shark's pond. The Dive Shop provides students with all necessary equipment (except towels and bathing suits), and highly trained instructors helpfully demonstrate how to operate the gadgetry, both underwater and in the case of bathroom emergencies. If your taste test of scuba piques your aqueous appetite, speak to one of the friendly and informed instructors about seeking additional training opportunities, getting your hands on some gear of your own, or gobbling up the glory of one of earth's all-natural bowls of seafood soup.
Customers must call to schedule their class. All participants must sign waiver and younger than 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Must be at least 12 years old to participate.