A-1 Scuba & Travel Center sports a full-service dive center that's outfitted with top-of-the-line scuba and snorkeling equipment to suit-up underwater explorers of varying abilities. The approximately one-hour Discover Scuba class wets the gills of those who dream of mastering aquatic depths, but who aren't quite ready for the commitment of a certification course. Each introductory class includes use of the facility's diving suits and apparatus and features a certified instructor-led diving session held in A-1's on-site pool, which is heated and contains far fewer krakens than the actual ocean. Classes run approximately one hour, and students need only bring a swimsuit, towel, and any personal-hygiene items.
For more than 20 years, John and Kathy Tidwell and the team at Bear Creek Archery have been sharing their knowledge via professional lessons and classes and supplying recreational and competitive archers with state-of-the-art equipment. Kathy is a multiyear NFAA national indoor champion, and her range has been known to welcome numerous state archery champions to its 16 lanes. Experienced male and female instructors introduce both kids and adults to the sport and coach advanced junior athletes toward success. Part of the facility's draw may be a Dart interactive video archery system that simulates an outdoor adventure with realistic targets.
The Tidwells' crew recommends bows made by top brands including Mathews and Hoyt and a wide variety of large premade aluminum and carbon arrows. They stock helpful accessories such as decoys, quiver mounts, and semicircular bow cases that can just as easily store half of a leftover pizza. The shop's technicians also perform equipment repairs and restring bows.
Lee Martin began his baseball career playing junior-college ball at Long Beach City College before moving on to become an All Big West pitcher at Long Beach State University. Though an injury mere weeks before the College World Series ended his playing career, it couldn’t subdue his passion the sport. Today, Coach Martin shares his experiences as the varsity pitching coach at Columbine High School and by giving players a venue to hone their skills at The Batter's Box. Inside the spacious facility, Coach Martin and his expert staff help students perfect baseball technique during four-week speed-and-conditioning camps as well as one-on-one video analysis to review pitches and swings. Visitors sling pitches from three indoor mounds and strengthen their hitting skills in 55-foot retractable cages, whose Iron Mike or Jugs pitching machines launch balls endlessly or until the machines get called up to AAA teams. While players master the art of fielding, parents can read while waiting in a lounge equipped with free WiFi and Nintendo 64 for younger siblings.
Progressive Health Center is a nonprofit organization that integrates Eastern and Western therapies to help treat cancer, neurological disorders, and chronic conditions. The family physicians, chiropractors, Chinese-medicine practitioners, and massage therapists work together to boost patients’ spirits and physical strength with treatments such as acupuncture, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. One of the more uplifting therapies is laughter yoga—a treatment that gets people laughing together in a group without requiring them to come in feeling happy or carry around their own jack-in-the-box. To facilitate these services, Progressive Health Center has partnerships with the Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. Its founder, Sue Goodin, and medical director, Allison Archard, are executive-committee members of the Cancer Care Initiative, which raises money by hosting events such as benefit concerts.
Based at Centennial Airport, near the Denver Tech Center, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Aspen Flying Club aim to help aspiring pilots take to the skies, whether in pursuit of a hobby or career. Their diverse fleet of aircraft, which includes light sport aircraft and more than a dozen Cessna 172's, is designed to meet a wide range of needs and rental budgets. When weather conditions or specific training requirements merit, students and pilots alike can make use of the Redbird full-motion flight simulator, a realistic ground-based flight experience that allows for practice of take-offs, landings, and other maneuvers.
At Colorado Handgun Shooting School, NRA-certified instructors Sherry and Jon Vargason make safety the focus of every class, whether they're working with a first-time student or a seasoned T-shirt cannon operator. They teach at The Shootist Pistol Range, leading classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and a concealed-handgun course that qualifies students to apply for state concealed-handgun permits. To help clients feel as comfortable as possible, Sherry and Jon also organize women-only classes, as well as private one-on-one instruction.
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