PADI-certified scuba instructor John Walker opened Lancaster Scuba in 1993 to encourage others to explore underwater ecosystems. Today, the center is a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center, which means Walker and his staff are teaching the next generation of scuba instructors. Of course, if you just want to learn how to safely scuba dive for leisure, the center has an array of courses for beginners and mermaids alike. On top of everything, Lancaster Scuba has a store with scuba gear, an on-site cylinder filling station, and an eco-friendly approach that earned it a PADI Green Star Award.
Every person runs with a unique gait, and thus requires a unique shoe to keep their stride even and their posture straight. The staffers at Feet First?in business for 35 years and staffed with all experienced runners, triathletes, or coaches?understand this, and they spend their days helping runners find exactly the right shoe to meet their needs.
In addition to conducting a visual analysis of each customer's feet and gait, they use an iSTEP computer-analysis system to detect important information not visible to the naked eye. This system analyzes the points on the foot that endure the most pressure while running, and then can even make orthotic recommendations based upon that information. But it takes more than a good pair of shoes to maximize a workout's efficacy, which is why the store also sells orthotic inserts, fitness apparel, and socks that tickle you if you try to slow down.
Kelly's Sports, recognized by Team Insight as one of America's best team dealers, outfits athletes of every type with a trove of quality equipment and functional apparel. New inventory from brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, and New Balance arrives daily, and apparel from favorite football and baseball teams keeps fans appropriately garbed. Partake of America's favorite pastime, second only to listening to jazz music on hold, with a Louisville pro stock wood bat ($49.95) and a 32-inch Mizuno catcher's mitt ($54.95), replete with a ParaShock palm pad and a soft lining to keep young hands comfortable when catching a speedy strike. Field-bound fleet feet receive consummate cushioning in a range of game wear, including Nike Land Shark football shoes ($44.95) and Adidas samba classic indoor soccer shoes ($49.95), and a range of supplies for basketball, tennis, hockey, and other endorphin engagers keeps games running smoothly. In addition to match merchandise, Groupon holders also receive a Nike "Camp" T-shirt, forged from gray heavy-duty cotton and emblazoned with the Nike logo, much like the night sky.
The 18-hole course at Chapel Hill guides golfers along lush fairways framed by dense tree lines and confronted by water on 11 holes. Six holes—beginning with No. 1—demand precise course-management skills when navigating shots around the stream that cuts through their fairways, demanding that players lay up, muscle their shots over, or swap their golf ball out for a beach ball. Laid end-to-end, the course measures 6,089 yards from the blue tees, the farthest of four available for play on each hole.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,089 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
The futbol-passionate staff at The Soccer Stop lobs and shoots informed advice and appropriate soccer gear to amateurs, pros, and veterans of all ages, offering everything from footwear to referee attire. The Soccer Stop's staff members serve as active players, coaches, or referees themselves, so they'll happily recommend items, such as Under Armour lined playing gloves ($24.99) or Adidas Pro-Lite shinguards ($19.99), which protect shins from an opposing players' kick and any errantly shot arrows from the archery club. For fashion and function, the Adidas Copa Mundial soccer cleats ($99) catch traction with their classic black-and-white kangaroo leather. Show off geographical representation with Red Lion country soccer socks ($8.99), adorned with flags from countries such as U.S.A. or Brazil.
At Lincolnway Bowling Center, players choose between automatic or traditional scoring methods as they topple pins on 28 synthetic lanes. While etching strikes and spares into score sheets or asserting dominance over robots, bowlers can dine on burgers, sandwiches, and slushies from the center's snack bar. The alley is open throughout the week, hosting open bowling, leagues for all ages, and weekend Glow Bowl sessions. A fully stocked pro shop equips visitors with ball-resurfacing systems, oil extractors, and sleeves of extra balls to replace those that get lost in the alley's challenging water hazards.