The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club?where kids aged 8?12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool?to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
R.B.'s Cyclery’s spirited staff flexes its 30 years of combined experience to rejuvenate ailing cycles and arm bipedal pedallers with everything for the trail ahead, stocking road, triathlon, and mountain bikes as well as a full armada of biking accessories. Tune-ups unleash professional mechanics upon future prom-rides, serving up liberal brake and derailleur adjustments, tightening bolts, and truing wheels to keep rides smooth ($50+). Giro and Bell helmets provide a bonus layer of cranial protection ($40+), while cycling gloves by Giro ($35+) and bike shorts by Descente ($65+) keep legs comfortably churning and fingers nimbly shifting gears. Cycling computers from Cateye track biking vitals and keep velocipedes networked with compatible online friends ($55+).
Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.
What kid doesn't dream of owning his or her own playground? David Zorn grew up storming the fields of Paintball Park, falling in love with the game. In college his childhood pastime turned into a semiprofessional career that took him to cities such as Chicago and Miami, where he made his television debut on ESPN's airing of the Campaign Cup tournament. Shortly after college, David jumped at the chance to purchase his old stomping grounds, where, across 18 acres of pigment-spattered fields, shooters settle good-natured scores as a trained staff ensures safety.
Colorful projectiles tear a zipper-like sound through the air across Paintball Park?s seven paintball fields, which have varying themes. In Paintball Canyon, players hunker down alongside a gorge, stashing themselves inside log forts or under bridges. The simulated nuclear-waste site at Ground Zero provides hiding places in the form of stacks of barrels and pipes; Dodge City simulates an Old West town, complete with a saloon and animatronic tumbleweeds; and players can find tournament-style play among the inflated blue obstacles of the airball field. Between games, paintballers refuel at the snack shop or at the grill pits and picnic tables scattered in the courtyard. At annual events, the staff sets up a scenario that spans all seven fields for an all-day game, designed to re-create battles from history, video games, or the time Sun Tzu?s lunch was missing from the fridge.
Golf balls have more than 300 yards to soar at Vantage Point Golf Center’s driving range, where golfers hone their swings by taking aim at 10 target greens. The range’s bermuda-grass hitting stations emulate natural course conditions, letting golfers take divots and practice driving tees into the ground without passive-aggressive golf-cart maneuvers. Owner and former touring pro Chris Thompson presides over a staff of independent instructors who use the range as a venue for private lessons. An onsite café serves light fare and libations, and outdoor lights keep the range open after sunset for golfers who like to enjoy a moonlit nightcap with their sand wedge.
True to its name, Dixie Rents and its subsidiary, Party Concepts, rent out all manner of equipment for construction and landscaping projects along with furnishings and play equipment for big fetes. Dixie's arsenal of machinery, including generators, log splitters, and backhoes, teams up with propane-tank refills and airless paint sprayers to tackle home-improvement and construction goals. For party rentals, Party Concepts' expansive inventory suits most any occasion, from wedding décor such as candelabra, skirted tables, and wine fountains to business-conference gear such as podiums and dunk tanks.