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Mike Johnson started at Dolphin Scuba Center & Swim School as an entry-level staffer but soon turned his lifelong passion for water into a promising career. Quickly, he became the manager and, at the tender age of 21, the owner of the store?a water-exploration supplier originally founded as a swim school almost 40 years ago. Today, the PADI five-star facility boasts one of the largest selections of underwater gear in North America, including top brands of scuba, swimming, and snorkeling equipment. Johnson and his team still offer private, one-on-one swimming lessons with certified lifeguard instructors but have branched out into scuba classes. Introductory courses work their way up to professional-level training, all within a pool heated to 92 degrees?the exact temperature of the president?s nightly bath. Students can even test out their newfound skills during scuba-diving trips to the likes of Mexico, the Philippines, and Fiji.
1530 El Camino Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US
Scuba Mood introduces certified divers to the aquatic wonders of Lake Tahoe’s crisp turquoise waters via altitude-diving trips and full-day private charters. Certified instructors and dive masters lead aqueous explorers of all experience levels through two tank dives, careening through the freshwater to depths of up to 7,000 feet with 100-foot visibility and infinite feet of Loch Ness Monster. Divers may float past sunken wrecks and Viking china, before surfacing for a sun-bathing session and lunch. The 26-foot Fish Rite Dive Custom provides underwater astronauts with heaters, a restroom, and cabin seating, and dances across the sun-sparkling waters at the expert direction of a U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain. Those who opt for the private charter can engage in their choice of watery activities, including diving, snorkeling, swimming, or fishing.
2435 Venice Drive East
South Lake Tahoe,
CA
US
Andy Siebert floated in the water, weightless—almost as if in outer space—and watched as all 40 feet of a Galapagos Island whale shark drifted past him. It’s moments like that one that Andy lives for, having devoted his life to scuba diving. He took his first dive as a teenager, but didn’t take the sport seriously until he turned 42, at which point he began his journey to log more than 3,000 dives. Now, as owner of Scuba World, Andy works to help others discover their love of the underwater sport. One part retail shop and one part scuba-diving school, the PADI five-star IDC dive center is chock-full of gear for purchase and rental, as well as expert instructors who teach classes for divers of all levels, including instructor-level classes. Their classes range from beginner discovery sessions to open-water-certification courses to rescue-diver classes for the more advanced diver who is worried about all those fish in the ocean who need help getting out. Andy’s wife and partner, Lynn Siebert, plans trips that take divers to waters all over the world, including the nearby Monterey Bay and more far-flung expeditions in Micronesia.
7801 Titan Drive
Antelope,
CA
US
With more than a dozen adrenaline-pumping activities available at discounts of at least 50 percent, the Adventures Pass gives its holders the opportunity to eschew the couch and experience the adventures their local merchants have to offer. With a single pass, customers can get deals on everything from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to wakeboarding and paragliding, all at companies located within driving or skydiving distance.
5114 Madison Ave.
Sacramento,
CA
US
With more than a dozen adrenaline-pumping activities available at discounts of at least 50 percent, the Adventures Pass gives its holders the opportunity to eschew the couch and experience the adventures their local merchants have to offer. With a single pass, customers can get deals on everything from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to wakeboarding and paragliding, all at companies located within driving or skydiving distance.
3443 Laguna Blvd.
Elk Grove,
CA
US
With more than a dozen adrenaline-pumping activities available at discounts of at least 50 percent, the Adventures Pass gives its holders the opportunity to eschew the couch and experience the adventures their local merchants have to offer. With a single pass, customers can get deals on everything from horseback riding and indoor rock climbing to wakeboarding and paragliding, all at companies located within driving or skydiving distance.
7633 Locust Rd.
Pleasant Grove,
CA
US
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