The instructors at Sweetwater Paddlesports must have a natural affinity for the water and have nurtured passions for sports ranging from surfing and wakeboarding to boating. Drawing from these combined experiences, they've channeled their efforts almost entirely toward introducing others to standup paddleboarding. In group or private lessons, they introduce basic techniques for balance and maneuvering and what to do at a red light. To supplement this aquatic-sports training, Sweetwater also coordinates on-water standup-paddleboard yoga and fitness classes. The company's fleet—which can be picked up or delivered for rental—includes standup paddleboards by makers such as Tahoe and One World and kayaks by Jackson and Feel Free.
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The new and improved Spanish Wells Golf and Country Club and its three 9-hole courses converge to form three distinct 18-hole monoliths characterized by lush palms, infringing waters, and immaculately maintained greenery. The course's crafty layout perplexes golfers with course-management quandaries such as the South Course's 438-yard, par-4 9th hole, a dog-leg right where players must either flush a tee shot left-to-right, hit a straight drive that carries a treacherous right-side bunker, or bribe a coterie of left-side oak trees to uproot and clear the way. Recently reseeded grass cradles each ball like a plush shag carpet, and 80 new golf carts zip efficiently through the course while flaunting their luxurious jobs to envious sedans parked in the driveways of course-side residences. Adobe accents and elegant sconces welcome patrons to the newly renovated clubhouse, where famished duffers can nosh on an appetizer such as boneless buffalo wings or coconut shrimp while drinking in sudsy sips of Bud Light, Miller Lite, or Heineken.
Allison Call and her brother Bo Browne, who both spent their youth fishing and kayaking in Southwest Florida's backwaters, have always talked about starting a business together. In 2012, they decided to turn talk into action with the help of their spouses, opening the family-run Bonita Kayak Company. They not only rent out next-to-new kayaks, most of which are outfitted with comfortable, high-backed seats, but also share their love for Florida's outdoors during guided treks and other outdoor expeditions.
During fishing tours, Bo expertly guides groups to the best spots and offers tips to reel in premium catches such as large-mouth bass, catfish, and tires from a Mercedes-Benz. The team delivers recreation or fishing kayaks anywhere within its delivery area, but one of its favorite drop-off points is at the Imperial River, which offers tranquil paddling beneath mangrove trees. "It's very cool because it's kind of an Amazonian atmosphere,” says Allison’s husband and business partner, Jacob. He also recommends the New Pass drop-off, which has easy access to the gulf and white sand beaches, where kayakers have a good chance of spotting dolphins, manatees, and Moby Dicks under witness-protection programs.
Jacob says that he and the rest of the team pride themselves on being personable and taking the time to connect with their customers. Running the business as a family has given them more time to spend with one another—and Jacob says that they have fun with it. "I consider myself extremely lucky to go kayaking and call that my job," he says.
Though Adventures Kayaking founder Glenn has fished the Arctic Circle and helmed charter boats across Lake Michigan, the seasoned captain likes kayaking best. That?s because the small, sleek vessels grant Glenn access to Florida?s secluded backwaters and estuaries, which are inaccessible by boat. Now, Glenn and his guides impart not only their expertise on kayaking technique, but lead tour groups to the best spots on the Calusa Blueway for spotting wildlife or nabbing fish. Guides happily tailor tours to suit each group's skill levels and furnish kayaks with storage bags, coolers, and bottled water to ensure the tour remains a comfortable experience. En route, they?ll even snap pictures of groups as they glide across waterways and attempt to dodge photo-bombing manatees.
Kristine Connell helps her students become better golfers using the same central tenets that she followed when she was competing herself. From her first swing at the age of 12 to becoming captain of the golf team at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Kristine developed a keen understanding that golf is all about consistency. Kristine can help her students identify ways to improve the outcomes of each shot by focusing on key fundamentals, including stance, tempo, and gripping the club on the right end. This approach to instruction accommodates all levels of golfers and playing styles, and requires only purposeful practice and a lot of reps for the student to attain his or her goals.