The instructors and professional staff at PADI five-star instructor center Beach Cities Scuba introduce students to the big blue with PADI-certified diving courses for divers of all levels. They certify newbies with basic open-water courses and teach advanced divers in specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, and Shark Therapist. They operate out of five convenient locations and sling necessary gear in onsite stores, from wetsuits and facemasks to spear guns. Beach Cities Scuba also connects divers through its dive club and hosts exotic dive trips to locations such as Indonesia, Fiji, and Cozumel.
At Reform Pilates Studio, getting long, lean physiques through Pilates isn't limited to any one method. While Pilates mat classes are held for all skill levels, Pilates enthusiasts can also choose from group equipment classes, power equipment classes set to upbeat tunes, and barre classes. The barre classes use a ballet barre and isometric movements to sculpt muscles while using the body for improved balance and coordination. Classes, which are held throughout the week, are taught by instructors who have numerous certifications and degrees and help build strength, flexibility, and overall well-being.
Dana Wharf Whale Watching's expert crews and skippers glide their watercrafts on the open seas so visitors can soak up sunshine while searching for rare and endangered whales as they migrate south to avoid tax season. Expert captains steer crafts through frothy spumes and narrate each trip, educating passengers on the abundant life beneath the glassy waters. Voyagers can either venture into the boat's full-service galley for a hot meal or bring their own food and nonalcoholic drinks to stave off hunger and resist eating the ocean's jagged, hamburger-shaped coral.
Historical photos of Dana Point cover the walls of Pacific Coast House of Rides, giving patrons a foretaste of the sights they may see if they set out on one of the store’s gas scooters, bikes, and ATVs. Available for rental or purchase, the expansive selection includes some items that can be shipped to customers for free from warehouses across the country. As a top distributor for BMS Motor, the shop also outfits riders with parts and accessories, such as helmets for safe driving and even safer haircuts.
The elegant artisan-styled Romance on the Water bridal fair exhibits an eclectic array of resources and local vendors to assist brides-to-be in crafting their vision for matrimonial merriment. Delectable hors d'oeuvres and live music from an on-site DJ sate gallivanting bridal buffs as they seek inspiration in chic surroundings designed by a modish crop of top-notch vendors that, in past fairs, have included Crate & Barrel, The Cupcake Store, and Krista Jon Floral & Botanical Stylist. Jo Malone, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, and Frette Linens are set to join the May 22 fair's roster.
Snorkeling provides land-lubbing humans with an easy, thrilling opportunity to meet their distant marine neighbors and escape the summer heat. In one two-hour joyride, the skilled seafarers at Riviera Yacht Charters will board passengers on a gorgeous Coast Guard-certified vessel for a breezy tour of the ocean surface, leaving dazzling figure eights and calligraphy spelling out the names of famous horses in its wake. They'll then outfit each explorer in snorkeling gear in preparation for an underwater tour of coastal kelp forests, reefs, and coral sandscrapers, where a certified PADI underwater naturalist will take the time to identify the marine creatures that cross your goggled pathway. Call ahead to schedule your trip.