Long before he was head coach at New Mexico Diving Academy, Abel Sanchez was busy collecting medals and accolades on the competition circuit. A two-time United States silver medalist in 2000, Abel used his success as a springboard into the head coaching position of the women's diving team at the University of New Mexico.
At New Mexico Diving Academy, though, Abel and his staff fine-tune the fins of much-younger divers, teaching students as young as 7 how to navigate the twists and turns of a successful dive. They help even the most inexperienced students learn the basics while emphasizing proper safety measures, such as not filling up on food or marbles before practice. The academy's efforts have propelled students into a number of competitive fields, with alumni taking on rivals at local, regional, and national meets.
High Desert Hang Gliding's well-practiced instructors teach beginning aviators how to soar through the sky with a hang glider. All students begin on a 25-foot training hill, where they learn the basics of launching and landing before being cleared to take off into the wild blue yonder to rendezvous with handsome pterodactyls. With a course of 10 lessons, ambitious gliders can attain a solid understanding of ground-school theory, acquire the ability to fly without direct instructor supervision, and procure enough knowledge to pass the USHPA Novice Hang Gliding written exam.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
Mike Fitzpatrick looks at a golf club the same way a sculptor eyes a slab of marble. A Golf Clubmaker Association Master Clubmaker, Mike's expertise has earned him multiple accolades, including being named GCA’s New Mexico Clubmaker of the Year four times and a GCA Top Ten Clubmaker World Wide twice, a distinction he won by molding his right leg into a serviceable 3-iron. From the comfort of his indoor studio, Mike helps golfers find their ideal club counterpart with swing-analysis services, and he also adjusts and repairs clubs to suit specifications. Fore Score Golf also offers a selection of quality clubs that allows golfers to enjoy the links without having to sell their vintage 500-horsepower golf cart.
Silva Lanes hosts bowlers every day and night of the week with lanes that are open until midnight or later. On select nights, the lights go low as lanes are illuminated for glow bowling, during which, the usual soundtrack of thundering balls and crashing pins is replaced by the sound of popular tunes. Between games, bowlers can take a brake to belt out their favorite songs or recite their favorite presidential speeches at Punky's Place, the on-site karaoke bar. Or, they can head to the on-site snack shop to refuel for future bowling battles with pizza and slushies.
Picaflor Day Spa's expert beauticians and licensed massage therapists revitalize human exteriors from head to toe with nourishing herbal and botanical blends and all-encompassing spa treatments. Aestheticians use all natural skincare products when tailoring facials to the individual's visage, and massage therapists apply Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue bodywork during massages to target specific aches. Hard and soft wax works to strip skin of excess body hair and inescapable body glitter, and signature spa packages provide equal parts beauty and relaxation, pairing soothing massages with fortifying facials and nail treatments.