PISCADERA BAY, Curacao -- For someone like me with a phobia regarding water sports, the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino here has just the ticket.

The resort has joined with Caribbean Sea Sports, a dive center adjacent to the property, to offer the Ocean Discovery program beginning this month.

This program combines an introduction to the ocean with a complimentary Discover Snorkeling course.

The Tuesday-morning course features an introduction to water safety, a description of the marine life in the waters off the property, instruction on the use of snorkeling gear and a 20-minute guided snorkeling excursion in a protected lagoon.

Guests who complete the class are eligible for a 10% discount on future Discover Scuba courses offered through Caribbean Sea Sports.

The dive shop offers one-tank dives every afternoon priced at $35 for divers and $18 for snorkelers, and two-tank dives each morning for $55 per person.

The costs cover use of gear, towels and transportation to a variety of sites.

Dive gear and locker rentals entitle participants to unlimited shore diving.

A one-time fee of $10 buys a dive tag, valid for a year.

The fees are used for reef protection measures, such as dive buoys to mark open-sea dive sites.

For more information, contact Caribbean Sea Sports at (011) 599-9 462-2620, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.caribseasports.com.

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