Swimming in Amherst Center

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Westfield Water Sports and Wilderness Experiences—a kayak, SUP, camping, and scuba gear shop as well as a camping store and adventure emporium—dispatches a staff of certifiable adventure-seekers to lead sojourners into the great outdoors with scuba classes, kayak classes, dive and non-dive world travel, and rock-climbing excursions. An all-around outdoorsman, camp director T. Scott Cook leans on his doctorate of Leadership Development in Adventure Education to develop nature excursions, including far-flung trips where groups snorkel in the Cayman Islands or evolve gills in the Galapagos. Back home, the summer camp’s elaborate ropes course builds teamwork between coworkers, and caving adventures allow guests to delve into mysterious depths or apartment swap with a black bear.

526 College Hwy
Southwick,
MA
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The YWCA Health & Wellness Center provides members with positive wellness services that are consistent with the YWCA’s core beliefs. Our center provides personalized and group fitness programming, an indoor pool, and free parking in a central downtown location.

1 Salem Street
Worcester,
MA
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Worcester Fitness's two locations give exercisers everything they need to vary their workouts and cultivate a wholly healthy lifestyle. Group sessions offer support and expert guidance—cycling, Hi-Def Sculpt, boot camp, and yoga all counted among the available classes. Clients looking to supplement their group fitness, or simply to tone on their own, can take advantage of the certified personal trainers on staff or create a self-guided exercise session in the weight room. The indoor pool allows gym-goers to strengthen their flippers without straining their joints and on massage tables, therapists pamper hard-working muscles to encourage healing. To help parents concentrate on their form and the forms they need to mail in before getting their six pack, children enjoy supervised play in the Kids Korner.

440 Grove St
Worcester,
MA
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Andy’s Sport Shop draws upon four generations of expertise in peddling and maintaining gear for skiers, snowboarders, and scuba divers. During the winter seasons, the staff buffs and waxes snowboards and skis, reducing friction that can melt the snow surface and limit traction while careening downhill. The shop also stocks aqua-ready gear, including scuba fins and weight belts, which provide a useful dive-descent alternative to cement shoes. Outfitted explorers can enroll in a vast offering of scuba courses to pursue sundry certifications ranging from open-water diving to wreck diving to ice diving.

216 Daniels St
Fitchburg,
MA
US

At YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea, 500 acres of forest encircle placid Harmon Pond—and during the Wa Wa Splash and Dash Duathlon, athletes make the most of the terrain. At the race's start, they swim the 400 yards across the pond. Next, they run 2 to 3 miles through the forest, earning extra points for running up and over trees. When they finally reach the finish line, they stop for festivities featuring refreshments, a raffle, and an awards ceremony.

408 Foley Hill Road
Southfield,
MA
US

At The Scuba Shack, the staff’s family-oriented lessons encourage divers to take social rather than solo ventures into the blue beyond. Each instructor carries an impressive résumé of underwater travels—the head trainer has been diving for more than 20 years and others have logged more than 1,000 dives. Captaining PADI-certification courses and specialty seminars—which cover topics such as night diving, photography, and fish identification—they take groups on open-water excursions to area lakes and Clear Spring Scuba Park. They prioritize educating their charges with safe and enjoyable teachings, rather than monotonous quizzes on whether the bends is a serious health issue or a 1980s punk band. With trips to dive sites in Fiji and Mexico, they introduce divers to the visual wonder of reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the world.

1765 Silas Deane Hwy
Rocky Hill,
CT
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