Like tickling a bear without losing an arm, the art of breathing underwater requires years of practice and dedication. Introduce your lungs to aqueous awareness with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a 1.5-hour Discover Scuba class (a $50 value) at Underwater Safaris in Lakeview.
Underwater Safaris trains students in a comfortable, heated, indoor pool. During the Discover Scuba class, finned first-timers and returning aquatic residents swim weightlessly through the pool, learning the basics of breathing underwater while mastering scuba equipment and engaging in underwater Toypedo-tossing. All pooltivities are supervised and guided by the mighty masks and lungs of Underwater Safaris' veteran, certified staff, many of whom have logged hundreds or thousands of dives. With the exception of towels, swimsuits, and suction cups, all equipment is provided.
Though one Discover Scuba class won’t make a student a fully certified diver, it will allow him or her the chance to explore other wet adventures, such as enrolling in future certification classes or wearing snorkels in the first five rows of a killer whale show. All divers must fill out a medical history form and be 12 years or older in order to participate. Classes are available by appointment only—students must phone ahead to set up a time.
Yelpers give Underwater Safaris an average of 3.5 stars.
- If you are nervous about learning, this is the place to go. If you're looking for convenience, this is even more the place to go! Can't say enough good things about everyone in the shop. – Jalene S.
- Diving is awesome, and with the staff at Underwater Safari's [sic] you feel like you have a whole family to share your new hobby with. – Drea S.
Behind Underwater Safaris' unassuming storefront lies an ocean. Light shines down on the water's choppy surface, and a pod of dolphins leap out of the water. But, like a tank of helium you forgot to bolt to the floor, they never come back down. The dolphin mural is painted, but the water is quite real: it's part of a PADI five-star facility where students prepare to explore waters across the world.
The journey to coral reefs and shipwrecks begins with the guidance of an experienced team of fifteen instructors. The center, which has been open since 1985, has taught thousands of snorkelers and divers from Open Water through to instruction. After introductory Discover Scuba sessions, the staff branches off into more specialized areas, such as diving at night, exploring underwater wrecks, or scuba diving as a career.
Underwater Safaris also hosts annual trips to scuba destinations around the world. Guided and independent adventurers alike are welcome to stock up on gear from brands such as Aeris and Aqualung in the dive shop.
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