The ocean—it's one of the world's most underexplored regions. The PADI-certified instructors at Divers Cove give explorers the scuba tools they need to tour the ocean and the planet's myriad aquatic arteries. They initiate the curious with basic pool sessions during Discover Scuba courses and prep the seasoned with advanced classes and open-water dives. They offer specialty classes, too, such as underwater photography and rescue diving. They even outfit underwater mariners with scuba gear and perform repairs on busted equipment.
Big Wheel USA doesn't kid around when it comes to bikes. Its storefront showcases more than 300, each from top brands such as CamelBak and Crankbrothers. Far from limited to adult-sized bikes, Big Wheel USA stocks plenty other wheeled rides, including Trikkes, exercise bikes, and skateboards.
Don't fret if nothing in the store strikes your fancy—Big Wheel's certified mechanics can customize your very own bike, complete with as many training wheels as it takes to make you feel safe. The technicians also conduct bike fittings and repair malfunctioning parts. Big Wheel also sells plenty of bike-related shoes and apparel, and keeps patrons abreast of the latest local rides and events.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
Over the course of nearly a decade of instruction, diving enthusiast and registered nurse Laura Parke has passed along the secrets of the deep to more than 700 divers. Though Laura leads a range of both basic and specialty courses, this deal is redeemable only for the private Discover Scuba Diving course for beginners ages 10 and up. The aqua-bound learning begins with students paddling in the pool to familiarize themselves with the gear and their functions. Once students are able to pat their heads while rubbing their goggles clean, they are carted off to get their fins wet at two shallow, oceanic locations. Tank toters will earn credit upon completion of this class, which can then be applied toward the Open Water Certification course, giving the average biped the chance to finally reunite with the speechless mermaid who got away.
The professional staff at Divers Direct helps first-time divers develop their sea legs through the Try Scuba Experience, which instructs safe, introductory diving techniques in a nearby pool facility. Before allowing pupils to test the waters, veteran divers outfit their trainees in the proper underwater accouterments––including regulators, snorkels, masks, fins, and narwhal repellent. During about 30 minutes of pool time, new divers learn the basics of breathing underwater and can swim as deep as 10 feet, depending on their comfort levels. Those inspired to brave the ocean depths after the Try Scuba Experience will be rewarded with a $50 voucher valid toward future open-water certification. Participants should bring their own swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen to their diving session.