The Arizona desert may be the last place one would expect to find a scuba store and training facility, which makes Dive Shack USA an especially sweet discovery. Helmed by professional instructor and diving veteran Jerry Portwood, the facility houses a wide range of scuba gear, including fins, tanks, and wetsuits. Its biggest draw, however, is its diving certification courses and trips, which whisk divers off on adventures to places such as Catalina Island. Once there, aquanauts can practice their new-found skills while getting up-close glimpses of coral or teasing dolphins about their lack of opposable thumbs.
Scubafy Dive Center's veteran dive Instructor, co-founder Charlie Franks, is Regional Training Director and an Instructor Trainer Evaluator for IDEA, and draws on thousands dives? worth of experience while teaching scuba courses. Charlie and his instructors guide small-group classes of budding divers aged 12 and older through open-water certification courses, which impart the skills needed to explore the liquid depths of nearby Lake Mead, international waters, or Zeus's hot tub. The shelves and racks of Scubafy's well-stocked dive shop are laden with new and pre-owned gear for divers of all skill levels. Rental equipment is available by the day or week, and air-tank refills, repair services, and all-inclusive introductory packages equip those who are getting their feet wet for the first time.
The soaring peaks and red-rock lava flows of the River Mountains. The snaking gravel paths that form a ghostly memorial to a Hoover Dam railroad. The rippling waters of Lake Mead. At All Mountain Cyclery, these local sights headline daylong bike and kayak tours of the wilderness surrounding Boulder City. Located only a 30-minute drive from the famed Las Vegas strip and 10 minutes from Lake Mead, the cyclery rents out Specialized bikes and sells two-wheelers by big other big names, including KHS and Redline. With a fresh set of pedals beneath their feet, cyclists can confidently cruise down the manmade Bootleg Canyon single track. Gravity tows bikes down the steep path at full throttle, leaving riders free to focus on navigating the challenging terrain and throwing their sneakers at distracting birds.
A typical Eldorado lake bed tour takes customers age six and up speeding through vast, velocity-friendly desert sand atop a trusted all-terrain vehicle. Young riders can thrash land grains on one of the youth ATV models as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Although patrons are granted opportunities to ogle the formerly subaquatic terrain, the tour primarily strives to quench needs for speed with a full two hours of riding time. Tour guides refuel amateur gauchos with included liquid libations.
The sharpshooters at Pacific Archery Sales outfit hunters with the tools and skills necessary to hit the bull’s-eye of any target, be it an eight-point buck or the doorbell of a friend’s house. Inside Pacific Archery’s pro shop, open seven days a week, experts help customers select bows, arm guards, and targets, as well as additional hunting supplies such as knives and bow-fishing equipment. Students refine their aim during lessons on an indoor range boasting 20-yard lanes and mounted trophies from past hunts.