In the early 1960s in the Navy, Don Dibble embarked upon what would become a decades-long career in scuba diving. After 10 years in the service, he founded the Texas State University scuba program, to which he still devotes many hours. In 1972, Don opened The Dive Shop to spread his passion and scuba know-how to the uninitiated and those scared by all the sand in the movie Jaws.
At the shop, two experienced instructors head up classes in an outdoor pool. The sessions cover everything from snorkeling to securing an NAUI certification with structured dips in the pool and local lakes. The shelves in the pro shop brim with gear for training and recreational dives from brands such as ScubaPro, Bare, and Trident.:m]]
Why is the studio's schedule so packed with fitness-tinted dance classes? "Because sweating is fun," explains its slogan. Between yellow-green walls, professional dancers teach kids and adults how to cut rugs and stay fit at the same time. Classes like Zumba, Pilates-infused burlesque, and hip-hop dance classes let on-staff choreographers showcase skills they also employ for special events—customers commission them to polish their wedding and quinceañera dances.
Texas Tuff's owner, Randall Lavender, started his fitness career in the Navy, where he developed exercise regimens to keep men, women, and submarines in tip-top shape. At Texas Tuff, his dedication to fitness is readily apparent: besides providing guests with access to state-of-the-art resistance training equipment, free weights, and cardiovascular machines, the gym offers a diverse array of group fitness classes ranging in discipline from cycling and body combat to Zumba and yoga. The crew at Texas Tuff also offer personal training sessions, as well as other amenities that help make exercising easier, such as child-care and nutritional guidance. Members can also make use of on-site basketball and racquetball courts, and, afterward, they can relax in the sauna or atop the gym's hydro massage bed, which can help relieve pain and stress in just 10 minutes.
Gloria Bowen was a nurse for more than 20 years before she decided to repurpose her passion for helping others by applying it to the realm of beauty. As owner of Body Beautiful Spa, she aims to increase clients’ confidence from the outside in. She and her team wield cutting-edge technologies for services such as teeth whitening, red-light therapy, and nonsurgical face-lifts, as well as promote pulchritude with traditional spa services, including massages and facials just for the earlobes.
Hogs. Feral hogs everywhere. That's the problem that faces agricultural landowners in Texas right now. Lonestar Helicopter Hunter blossomed from this problem, and its staff of active duty and ex-military personnel began hunting hogs from the passenger seats of their helicopter to help battle the destructive populations. In addition to helping farmers, the group realized how powerful the adrenaline rush was and started teaching other hunters and marksmen the challenging hunting style. Soon they came up with a paintball-based version, which equips adrenaline-seekers with markers, paintballs, and a field of stationary targets to aim at, providing the same kind of excitement as the real hunt. In addition to aerial target practice, Lonestar's expert pilots also license and certify burgeoning helicopter pilots with private, commercial, and certified instructor courses.
A thunderous roar often overtakes the Central Texas Speedway stadium. Whether caused by the sound of a guitarist's first power chord or the revving engine of a stock car, rushes of adrenaline flood over spectators. Held on a sprawling 29-acre complex, Central Texas Speedway makes an ideal outdoor venue for racing and live music. Here, rockers play to crowds of 20,000 plus and stock cars zoom around the 3/8-mile asphalt track.
Spectators can even step right into the shoes of their favorite racing stars. The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience puts visitors behind the wheel of a real stock car, while The Go Kart Speed school allows people as young as 13 to try their hands at racing Honda GX270?powered karts. Older racers can toast their victories at the onsite Car Bar?or perhaps continue the friendly competition at Central Texas Speedway's horseshoe and volleyball courts.