Ok, what’s the first thing that comes to mind in New York when you hear the word “dive?” Dive bar? Dumpster dive? Stage dive? Muff dive? All of those sound reasonable. What you wouldn’t expect is “scuba dive.”
Adventure Scuba (1737 York Ave.) offers a once a month Discover Scuba class in conjunction with Time Out New York. But they told us that they will also do Discover Scuba sessions privately for a minimum of two students. (Note: the pool is still public.)
The session lasts in the arena of two hours. There’s a half-hour information and prep class and then a full 45 minute scuba pool experience. We were told first hand that the program starts in the shallow pool (for safety) but, if students are competent, you can move to the 16-foot deep part. The pool is within a block of the Adventure Scuba store.
Tip: Women do not like to be told to bring a bathing suit without knowing why. Thusly, this is a poor surprise date. We recommend you bring up the subject by mentioning that you’ve always wanted to try scuba. If she seems excited, mention that you know where you could try a private lesson.
Tip: You must make private reservations at least one week in advance (only on Tues or Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.)
Tip: You need only bring a bathing suit, towel, and a lock.
Where: Adventure Scuba - 1737 York Ave (b/w 89th & 90th St.); 4/5/6 train to 86th St stop and walk at least 15 min.; alternatively, a cab there might be a better idea.
When: Tues or Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm; you must make reservations at least one week in advance: 212-876-3483.
Cost: $50 per person. No extra fees.
Here’s some scuba pussy to get you in the mood:
Tip: If you happen to have time beforehand, check out local seafood staple Dorian’s Seafood Market at 1580 York Avenue (b/w 83rd & 84th St.). They’re open Monday through Friday 8:30am - 7:00pm so it might be tough. But Dorian’s does make a mean salmon croquette.
The Indefensible Tip: If your underwater buddy happens to be from the Midwest or just short on taste, might we suggest going out on a limb and taking her to Red Lobster in Times Square (5 Times Square at Broadway & 41st St.; 1/2/3/S/7/N/Q/R/W/A/C/E train to Times Sq.).
Yes, it is corny. Yes, it isn’t great seafood. Yes, yes, yes. Nonetheless it occupies a small place in our heart, right next to the underwear models in the JC Penny catalog and illegal fireworks.
Fuck you! We went to prom here! And liked it!