With more than 13,000 divers certified under their tutelage since 1975, Scuba Ventures' instructors, dive-control specialists, and dive masters guide pupils through the three steps toward scuba certification. Students first learn diving and safety fundamentals during classroom training and practice sessions in Scuba Ventures' heated indoor pool. Then teachers whisk them away on two-day open-water training trips to locales such as the Caribbean or Lake Ouachita where, upon successful completion, they earn an open-water certification card and a free back scratch from a puffer fish.
Instructors also teach an array of training courses ranging from spearfishing sessions to lessons in underwater photography. Scuba Ventures also sponsors dive trips throughout the year, which guests can stock up for by renting or purchasing brand-name gear from the shop.
There's a lot you can do with your own personal movie screen. You can view Pirates of the Caribbean from a suitably marine position in your backyard pool. You can watch a football game and get a better look at the field than anybody but the players. You can pretend you're 3 inches tall while using the set of novelty-size controllers to play Call of Duty. And creative renters have done all of this with screens from Geaux Movies. Stocked with both a 14-foot screen (which fits in most backyards) and a 23-foot screen (which may require booking a city park), film buffs can complete the experience with concession services such as popcorn, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot wings.