• For $25, you get a 90-minute sunset cruise for two (a $50 value). • For $30, you get a two-hour sightseeing cruise for two (a $60 value). Captain Mark’s Water Taxi glides along the glittering coasts of Cortez, Anna Maria Island, and Longboat Key, slipping past notable sights ranging from the arcs of leaping dolphins to the City Pier’s commerce-laden shores. Both tours shove off from Cortez Kitchen, where explorers can snag a bite before boarding the 26-foot Red Skyy, which ferries small groups of wayfarers through a backdrop etched with fishing boats, pelicans, and aquamarine waters. Ninety-minute sunset cruises slip past pods of feeding dolphins, staging ideal opportunities for photos and pitch-tuning vintage porpoise whistles. Cut a watery path toward Longboat Key during two-hour sightseeing tours, stopping intermittently for optional snacks at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, shopping excursions at Bradenton Beach City Pier, and searches for sand dollars with which to bribe crabby bartenders. All trips return explorers to the docks at Cortez Kitchen with their eyes full of seaworthy sights and their brains full of plans for flipper implants.
Captain Tom pilots Riverside Tours' open-air pontoon boat, the River Skipper, along the Manatee River, Gamble Creek, or Terra Ceia Bay during two-hour sightseeing cruises that take place seven days a week. During the smooth ride, his business partner, Susan, regales passengers with factoids about the area as Tom helms the wheel and steers down the tranquil river, avoiding icebergs. Up to 39 passengers perched on bright yellow benches glide smoothly past picturesque waterfront homes, as well as Floridian flora and fauna, as the schooner shares aquatic real estate with dolphins and orange-sunset reflections. This licensed-and-insured, Coast Guard–certified craft is partially covered, proffering protection from sun, rain, and seagulls begging for autographs.
There are 27,000 PGA professionals eligible for the PGA Master Professional status?only 178 have attained the elite credential for mastering instruction. Among these distinguished golf professionals is Andr? Panet-Raymond. To meet the Master level's requirements of maintaining "the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations," golf pros have to complete a Master's project in their chosen career path (from operations to instruction), in much the same way every college professor must learn to crochet their own tweed jacket before earning their PhD.
His classroom: the rolling greens of The River Club in Bradenton and the rolling greens of two golf courses in North Carolina. His students: everyone from advanced adults to young kids just learning to swing. In fact, U.S. Kids Golf named Panet-Raymond one of the Top 50 instructors in 2004, an honor he continues to uphold after teaching more than 40,000 lessons, which range from basic concepts for beginners to mental training for tour players.
With backgrounds as military and international-law-enforcement personnel, the instructors at Aegis Tactical know from experience that intense situations can challenge even the most experienced marksmen. That's why they teach a suite of classes and private lessons tailored to shooters of every experience level. NRA-sanctioned courses such as the FIRST Steps Pistol course, acquaint beginners with the basics of operating handguns. Alternatively, advanced training caters to law-enforcement and security personnel. Most courses take place at Aegis Tactical's outdoor training center, where instructors demonstrate proper attitude and firearms operations so students feel comfortable defending themselves, should aliens ever arrive.
Tim Conaway does not believe in a one-swing-fits-all approach to golf. That?s why he helps his clients develop swings based on golfer-specific factors, such as size, strength, and whether or not a student has a third arm. With more than a dozen years of teaching experience under his belt, Tim supplements his ability for spotting flaws with state-of-the-art video technology. He also focuses on the mental aspects of the game, teaching students how to visualize shots and manage the course to their advantage. After the lesson, students get virtual ?lockers? on Tim?s website stocked with lesson notes and personalized recommended resources.