Lake Norman Scuba earned its five-star instructor development center certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors through its commitment to training student divers in the basics and finer points of scuba using proven techniques and ultra-reliable equipment. Scubie newbies can get a taste of the life aquatic with the Discover Scuba class. Students will learn what it's like to breathe underwater using an oxygen tank and to move around in the water with basic scuba gear: mask, snorkel, fins, a buoyancy-compensating jacket and oxygen tank, scuba regulator, and a computer that monitors depth and air supply, ensuring divers' bloodstreams maintain the proper level of early-1980s soft rock.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
75-foot-long shooting range
14 pistol lanes
4 rifle lanes
Range visitors browse a selection of more than 65 rental guns of assorted calibers, or bring their own pistols or rifles from home.
At a Glance
Aside from ensuring safety at the range, the staff conducts training sessions, including a ladies AWARE course that covers basic skills. The facility also houses a gun shop, where specialists help customers sort through thousands of firearms as well as fishing gear and live bait.
Bigtime Moonbounce's inflatable jumpers resemble racecars, birthday cakes, and castles, and give youngsters ample hopping room to release pent-up energy. Or they can try out a combo bouncer–modeled after castles, balloons, and basketball courts–to jump and then race down a safe and colorful slide. Obstacle courses offer more opportunities for competition as kids navigate their way through an inflatable train or hustle through a giant car. In addition, Bigtime Moonbounce enhances parties with croquet equipment, rope for a tug of war, and empty sacks for potato-sack races that don't require a raw potato-eating contest beforehand. After a long day of jumping and gaming, guests can reenergize with a snack from one of Bigtime Moonbounce's cotton candy, popcorn, or snow-cone machines, which are available for rent.
Helping kids learn the basics of their chosen game and taking their skills to the next level is the main aim at I Got Next Youth Sports Inc. Experienced coaches work with players not only to boost their physical fitness and athletic ability in football and basketball, but also impart the importance of discipline, positivity, and teamwork. After honing their newly gleaned skills, future male and female sports stars can show them off during competitions.
The crown jewel of this 700-acre facility is the man-made whitewater river, where riders can brave class II, III, and IV rapids. Visitors can also explore the surrounding lands from ziplines, ropes courses, climbing walls, and hiking trails. While age restrictions vary according to the activity, family rafting welcomes those ages 8 and up.