The advantages of learning another language are seemingly endless to the staff at BeiBei Amigos Language School. During camps and classes, instructors equip their students with the tools to communicate by conducting sessions completely in the target tongue, whether they are telling a story, leading a science experiment, or demonstrating how to get out of a go-kart traffic ticket. On top of the lessons, the teachers also espouse the pluses of new-language acquisition for youngsters. The top ten benefits include increased social activity, critical-thinking skills, and mind flexibility. Parents of children in BeiBei’s programs agree—one mother of an enrolled preschooler has recounted the story of her daughter teaching her dolls how to count in Mandarin.
Although Drivers’ Education classes help students become licensed drivers, they don’t teach them any actual car control skills. That’s where BetterSaferDrivers.com comes in. The staff, helmed by auto racing veteran Robert Prevost, is determined to arm students with the emergency reaction skills they need to help prevent collisions and make them better safer drivers for years to come. During interactive defensive driving clinics, students practice their newly gleaned techniques on sprawling parking lots, learning how to brake fast, deal with skidding, and avoid accidents.
John Flanders and Jeff Varner founded the Academy of Scuba to bring the magic of diving to the arid lands of the Southwest. They employ a team of PADI-certified instructors, who lead courses ranging from beginner and advanced open-water certification to more in-depth programs such as master diver, deep diver, underwater video and photography specialists, and professional shark imitator. Once certified, divers can stretch their new sea legs on diving excursions to exotic locales such as Belize, Mexico, and Bonaire through the academy’s partner and affiliate companies. Both of the Academy's locations rent, repair, and sell high-quality gear from reputable brands such as Sea Dive, Amphibious Outfitters, and H2Odyssey.