Imagine for a moment diving into the ocean, resurfacing with not only memories of the sub-aquatic environment, but a full reel of photographs, too. Underwater photography is just one of the many courses offered at Scuba Quest, a family-owned company that has shown students how to safely explore the seas for more than 25 years.
Scuba Quest began as a single shop, but has since spread to six locations across the state of Florida. At each, the company’s NAUI-certified instructors lead refresher courses, beginner classes, and comprehensive certification programs. Rather than climbing into fish tanks while pet-store clerks are on break, Scuba Quest's students can put their new skills to the test in unfamiliar waters during the company’s exotic diving excursions around the globe.
Although aesthetician Julie MacMillan graduated among the top five students in her aesthetics program, she keeps her homey beauty outfit, Skin Care By Jewls, free of pretensions. Jewls is MacMillan's nickname and preferred moniker, and the tag reflects her friendly, easygoing attitude. During spa services she plays dreamy, tranquil music to compliment the low, cozy lighting.
Jewls became a board-certified permanent-makeup artist in 2008, building on the training she received in Arizona, where she exceeded 800 hours of education?well beyond Florida's requirements of 260 hours and a papier-m?ch? mockup of a pore. She reaches for products from Rhonda Allison and lavender wax imported from Italy to create radiant, smooth skin.
Each Eye Doctor?s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop?s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp?s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
The staff at Natural Healing Arts Medical Center takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to health and fitness. Inside two Florida facilities, a roster of doctors teams up with chiropractors, massage therapists, and wellness counselors. They each work to structure personalized programs for patients with services ranging from chiropractic care and acupuncture to more modern treatments such as laser therapy. In an effort to foster continued care at home, the staff offers tips to optimize the healing process for current injuries or preventive measures against future aches and pains.
It?s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smuggler's Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20?50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove?s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.
City Fitness gets bodies into superlative shape with 7,000 square feet of fully equipped facilities staffed by experienced trainers. With the one-month membership, workers-out have unlimited access to the gym, allowing busy fitness junkies to fit muscle-punishing regimens into packed corporate schedules and unpredictable hours working as gopher-whisperers. The gym itself lures deltoids, gluteals, and trapezoids with all manner of resistance and cardio machines, facilitating weight-loss and muscle gain, and ensuring minimal wait times for machines. Boasting more than 100 years of combined fitness experience, the center's personal trainers, including professional body builders, college athletes, and martial-arts experts, assist health-seekers in crafting a regimen tailored to a wide range of individual fitness goals. In addition to workout guidance, the trainers offer adroit advice on nutrition, lifestyle, and appropriate dress for a morning wedding.