Breathing underwater, like eating fireworks, constructing a monument, and getting married, should only be attempted if you’re confident you can do it. Mingle with the mermaids with today’s Groupon to Upstate Scuba in Clemson. Choose between two options:
- For $25, you get a Try Scuba class (a $50 value).
- For $125, you get an open-water scuba certification course (a $250 value).<p>
Upstate Scuba’s owner Robbie Bogan creates a wake of diving knowledge for students to learn the aquatic ways of scuba during year-round introductory and advanced classes. Though the Try Scuba class won’t churn out scuba divers certified to dive alone, it might finally put to rest a persistent fear of bathtubs and really big puddles while letting students discover if scuba is right for them.
The four-week open-water course, on the other hand, lets divers earn certification while practicing techniques in the center’s pool before heading out to one of the local lakes to perfect those skills in the great blue yonder. While breathing underwater can feel a little strange at first, it quickly becomes second nature after a bit of submerged practice. Post certification, prepare to be able to shower for hours, retrieve all the coins from the bottom of every fountain, and defuse nuclear bombs perched perilously above an abyssal alien city.
In 2003, underwater overachiever Robbie Bogan embarked on a new endeavor would have him regularly shifting back and forth between the thrill of exploring shipwrecks to the gravity of teaching CPR and marine rescue techniques. The experienced cofounder of Upstate Scuba had created a scuba school that teaches both recreational scuba diving and tactical and emergency diving. As a result, the people who frequent the Upstate facility comprise a diverse student body.
First-timers arrive and are soon dunked into the pool during Try Scuba courses; search-and-rescue personnel often show up for instruction on the latest underwater navigation or night diving. The curriculum includes opportunities to gain certification, which can be used to participate in Upstate Scuba's open-water trips to nearby lakes. As dealers of top-notch equipment, Robbie also teachs divers safe use of breathing apparatuses and how to scare away sharks by impersonating Steven Spielberg.