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.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
A lot has changed in the world of photography since 1995, when Marcus McQueen Photography first opened shop. Its team has embraced the tides of change, though, and specializes in digitizing old photos at 300-dpi resolution. The newly digitized files preserve clients' memories on data DVDs that make images more durable than old methods of preservation, such as drawing wedding photos in the sand with a stick. Beyond the digital realm, Marcus and his team have had their work repeatedly featured in magazines such as Arizona Bride and Bird Talk.
For half a century, Classic Beauty College has trained stylists-in-the-making. Combining theoretical and practical lessons, the school’s experienced instructors help students pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology Examination while giving them real-life salon experience. Student stylists use Paul Mitchell and Goldwell products to beautify clients with services such as cuts, color, and perms, and they tend to nails and skin with indulgent treatments and supervision by a licensed cosmetology instructor.
Honest-1 Auto Care’s experienced mechanics help malnourished motors get back to prime, pavement-pounding condition through a variety of services. A one-year club card is loaded with free, routine procedures, including oil changes, tire rotations, and an air-conditioning inspection, to help uncover vehicular maladies. During a standard 21-point inspection and oil change, Honest-1's skilled gearheads will replace old, worn-out oil with up to 5 quarts of fresh-faced, synthetic-blend young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. In addition to free procedures, club cardholders are also entitled to discounts on numerous other ride-repairing rituals.