Eco Dive Center’s dedication to water conservation shines through in its educational programs—the dive team teaches its students not only about scuba diving, but how to properly care for and respect the underwater world. It’s much more than just a water-safety school and aquatics emporium, although it does house dive gear from renowned brands such as Bare and Oceanic in its 5,000 square-foot store. And it does, of course, certify students in both basic open-water PADI skills and more advanced specialties, such as rescue and first-response.
Eco Dive has led underwater cleanup expeditions off of Santa Monica Pier, removing hundreds of pounds of trash in the process, and has enlisted the help of school children to spruce up local beaches. It has also partnered with area non-profits such as Heal the Bay, an organization that educates the public about reducing water pollution and administering splints if waves sprain their ankles.
Equipment: StrongBoard Balance
Students should bring: Water, two towels or a towel and mat, sunscreen
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Allow 10–15 minutes to park and find our location. Bring a friend. RSVP to reserve your board(s).
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Open seven days a week, the Beverly Hills Bike Shop is located just west of the Rancho Park Golf Course on Pico Boulevard, selling brand name bicycles to this sprawling West Los Angeles neighborhood. Though not a city known for its cycling, L.A. kids and adults alike have taken such a shine to the shop that they recently moved into their new, larger facility, which means plenty of room for their wide array of mountain, road, hybrid and beach cruiser bicycles. A friendly and well-versed staff can help to find the bike that suits your needs best, while providing service on the same ride for years from their service department in the back. And if you’re just looking for gear to get you prepped for your next ride, Beverly Hills Bike Shop’s got that, too.
Toyota Sports Center entices skaters of all ages with a trio of glassy rinks smooth enough to be commandeered for official practices by the L.A. Kings. When the pros aren't reigning over the ice, guests can practice axel jumps during skating lessons or show up for public skating sessions to lap the flattened glacier in search of preserved saber-toothed zambonis. Toyota Sports Center also educates aspiring Great Ones with beginners hockey classes, hosts youth and adult leagues, and encourages visitors to bulk up off the ice at the fitness center, which is outfitted with free weights and treadmills for those slowly reconnecting with exercise on solid ground.
Manduka was built on a simple idea—that a better yoga mat makes a significant difference for the body, mind, and soul, even during the hours off of the mat. Created for and by yoga enthusiasts, each mat, towel, yoga strap, water bottle, and bag is produced with the intention of enriching the yoga community. The result are technical- and purpose-driven designs that provide innovative products to more than 60 countries around the world. Aside from premium design, Manduka also promotes their ethos of quality, thoughtfulness and sustainability in all realms of their business.