Blue Sea Adventures' two SDI Five Star scuba-training facilities bustle with seasoned dive instructors and dive masters who incorporate online training into their courses. The varying curriculum touches on an array of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills, including open-water scuba diving, underwater photography, and rescue know-how from the FEMA-approved Emergency Response Diving International Program. Additionally, Blue Sea Adventures’ certifications are recognized around the world. Swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling gear is available at Blue Sea Adventures’ stores, which feature expansive showrooms and professional repair technicians who can fix simple or more complicated problems, such as cleaning out the strawberry milk shake so often caught in snorkels.
The staff at Outdoor Pro Shops, Inc. keeps arrows flying true with products by top brands such as Mathews, Mission, and Genesis and the practical wisdom of more than 25 years of experience. Bowmen enlist the services of experts Chuck Harper as they revamp equipment with custom-built strings, sight adjustment, and quiver mount or conduct lessons in the 20-yard indoor archery range.
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The satisfying clatter of wheels on concrete is a familiar sound to the team at Vertigo Skateshop. Skateboarders themselves, they oversee feats of rolling athleticism and help aspiring boarders best their fear of semicircles at one-on-one lessons at each shop’s in-store halfpipe. In addition to welcoming skaters themselves, the three locations also keep boarders well-equipped with boards from Z-Flex and tanks and shades from Matrimoney. Each day the employees field new shipments and swap out yesterday's gear for fresh decks and apparel.
Nail Candy Dream Spa and Salon’s team of beauty experts creates looks for nails that would make most mouths water with bright colors and tiny beads that resemble sugary sprinkles. Though the nail art that comes out the salon of may look good enough to eat, fingernails and toenails are not and never will be edible. The custom looks can include 3-D flowers and even a small gold chain that connects two nails together. The one-stop location also deftly handles other beauty needs, with a full array of hair, eyelash, and makeup services, as well as an anti-aging time-travel machine.
Grasping hands constantly seek means of ascent as climbers scale the towering crags inside Exposure Rock Climbing's expansive gym. Route setters Kyle Clinkscales and Stan Borodyansky regularly put their USA Climbing certifications to good use, rearranging the colorful hand- and footholds that populate each wall to create fun and challenging routes that appeal to dedicated climbers and beginners alike.
The gym's experienced staff provides gravity-defying guidance during private lessons for climbers of all abilities and unlocks early interest in climbing with classes for juniors. The same savvy instructors have led Team Texas—Exposure Rock Climbing's competitive junior climbing team—to four USA Climbing national championships, including the 2012 title. The facility also hosts group and birthday-party packages and team-building programs for corporate workers, youth groups, and gravity deniers.