Divers as young as 10 years old can discover the life of a flippered amphibian in a Discover Scuba class ($65) at Scuba Views. During the three-hour introductory class, one of the PADI-certified instructors will guide you from land-based preparations through exploring the aqueous abyss within the safety and confines of a pool. All the necessary equipment will be provided, along with safety tips, diving techniques, and equipment-handling skills to help you navigate the balmy waters. Lessons are year round, and because there is no minimum number of students required for classes, Scuba Views will accommodate your schedule any day except Tuesday, the Scuba Sabbath day of rest.
Water Wings Las Vegas recognizes that swimming lessons aren't just for kids. Sure, there's Baby Swim, which introduces three-month-olds to the water with the help of their parents. Likewise, Seahorse teaches freestyle and backstroke basics to 3–5 year-olds. But the pool—part of the United States Swim School Association—also caters to Adults who can work one-on-one with an instructor, take group classes, or get in an hour-long workout during a lap swim class. No matter the age or skill level, swimmers can practice all year long since the swimming pool is indoors. Its water stays 90 degrees, the perfect temperature for practicing the breaststroke or keeping a marshmallow at room temperature.
Music swells in Le Provençal, ricocheting off the murals of the serene French countryside as waiters dressed in traditional peasant attire serenade diners with French and Italian numbers throughout the night. Nestled in the Paris Hotel and Casino, the restaurant introduces diners to the French countryside through steamed mussels, brick-oven flatbreads topped with smoked bacon or capers, and hearty parmesan-crusted chicken. It also prepares its house specialty, the bouillabaisse, and serves it tableside out of a vast cast-iron pot that bubbles with saffron-tomato broth and seafood, like a witch’s caldron but without the accidentally included pointy hat.
Owned and operated by the Gripentog family since 1957, Las Vegas Boat Harbor sparks aquatic adventures on the waves of Lake Mead with boat and jet-ski rentals. Up to two joyriders enjoy a couple of hours on the ripple-skating back of a WaveRunner, and six may pile into a speedboat for four hours of wakeboarding and white-whale chasing. Pontoon boats can transport up to 10 passengers to nearby locales such as Hoover Dam and Cathedral Rock or simply explore the man-made lake’s multitudinous inlets and coves, surrounded by 550 miles of breathtaking Mojave Desert shoreline. Guests who drop anchor during their watery sojourn can spend the afternoon supping on lunches packed at home, picked up at the Harbor House Café, or stolen from passing schools of fish, and the marina store supplies any last-minute boating and fishing supplies.