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 $50, you get a Discover Scuba diving course at Diving Locker on West Fourth Avenue (a $100 value).
During an introductory scuba lesson, Diving Locker endows pupils with basic aquatic abilities and practical diving experience. Internationally certified instructors recognized by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors indoctrinate nautical newcomers with classroom instruction that illuminates diving principles before an hour of in-pool practice to develop fundamental techniques and sonar communication skills. Diving Locker outfits its underwater tourists with complimentary scuba-diving equipment to ensure safe and comfortable descents, and a flexible schedule⎯Discover Scuba runs simultaneously with Open Water Module 1 classes⎯encourages students to discover submerged serenity at their leisure. Buoyant subjects are enlightened with the same material inculcated in the first evening of the Open Water course and receive $100 off the Certification course, so enthusiastic alumni can pursue further diving studies at the Diving Locker—such as how to camouflage pruned fingers as weathered sea cucumbers—without repeating basic instruction.
Among Diving Locker's group of seasoned and certified underwater experts, accomplishments include inspecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef up close, swimming with fish in the blue waters of Guam, and spending more than 40 years helping snorkelers choose the right fins. Diving Locker's staff of instructors combine their wealth of collective experience to provide students with technical education—such as PADI certifications and search-and-recovery training—and to impart their genuine love for the fruits of globe-trekking. In addition to being a hub for scuba equipment sales and instruction, the business' audacious employees also organize and lead diving jaunts around the world and to a number of local underwater destinations on weekends. Diving Locker has been in operation since the late 1960s and has been operated since 1972 by Greg Kocher, the facility's resident equipment guru and mermaid interpreter.
2745 W 4th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 1P9