Andy Siebert floated in the water, weightless—almost as if in outer space—and watched as all 40 feet of a Galapagos Island whale shark drifted past him. It’s moments like that one that Andy lives for, having devoted his life to scuba diving. He took his first dive as a teenager, but didn’t take the sport seriously until he turned 42, at which point he began his journey to log more than 3,000 dives.
Now, as owner of Scuba World, Andy works to help others discover their love of the underwater sport. One part retail shop and one part scuba-diving school, the PADI five-star IDC dive center is chock-full of gear for purchase and rental, as well as expert instructors who teach classes for divers of all levels, including instructor-level classes. Their classes range from beginner discovery sessions to open-water-certification courses to rescue-diver classes for the more advanced diver who is worried about all those fish in the ocean who need help getting out. Andy’s wife and partner, Lynn Siebert, plans trips that take divers to waters all over the world, including the nearby Monterey Bay and more far-flung expeditions in Micronesia.
Lion Solutions' professional car caretakers travel to auto owners' homes and offices to shine and freshen vehicles inside and out. During the two-hour Superior detail service, technicians hand wash and towel dry exteriors before dressing tires and rims in enamel-protecting tuxedoes. Streak-free cleaning solutions remove smudges from glass surfaces, and the showroom finish imbues doors and dashboards with brand-new appeal. Applied manually, carnauba wax protects paint, shielding it from invading dirt clouds and locust armies. Vacuums inhale unwanted particles from fabrics and vents, and washcloths scour grime from interior surfaces. A fragrance package of choice upgrades each vehicle's interior atmosphere. In lieu of the Superior detail package, drivers may opt for the four-hour Lion luxury detail, which includes the aforementioned services on top of shampooing, extracting, and spot-treating stains and slushy spills on carpeting and floor mats.
Two entrepreneurial friends had two goals: start an airbrush makeup company and open a beauty school. They knew airbrush makeup was used extensively in Hollywood, and desire for the lightweight formula was in demand from brides and models—and they knew more makeup artists would need to be trained to apply it. After creating FlawlessAir Cosmetics, the friends opened Flawless Pro Make-Up Academy to further educate professional makeup artists, as well as teach laypersons cosmetic tips such as how to best apply false eyelashes or airbrush tans. Advanced courses, such as airbrush, TV and film, and drag and special-effects techniques, allow pros to expand their repertoires. Flawless's founders know beauty is a business, which is why makeup artists can also take a technology and social-media class to learn how to design a website to advertise their expertise.
Augustines's passion for flying began when he was just 8 years old and living next to an airport. Today, as an adult, Augustines still loves airplanes?so much so that after becoming a decorated fighter and helicopter pilot in the Air Force, and flying in exotic locales such as the Himalayas and Hawaii, he shares his 30 years of flying experience with students and instructors at JetEXE Aviation. He's one of the two flight instructors at JetEXE Aviation, teaching budding pilots how to fly out of Sacramento Airport. Under his or his fellow instructor's tutelage, students can enjoy introductory flights or more rigorous training that preps them for assorted pilot licenses. For non-pilots, the aviation company's team also helms charter flights, ideal for getting from Point A to Point B without having to tunnel there, and customizes the flights for each customer, including Bay area and Napa Valley tours.