H2O Scuba Center offers scuba diving courses that take students from the shallows of an indoor swimming pool to the depths of the ocean. For beginners, open water classes cover breathing techniques and safety regulations, while advanced certification courses give divers enough skill to locate Blackbeard’s sunken Kindle. The training team also leads a variety of specialty courses such as underwater photography and cave diving. Those looking for a more exotic experience can join the crew on one of their organized scuba diving trips to locations such as Mexico and the Bahamas.
The team at Memphis MMA is made up of instructors who are experts in their chosen disciplines—and even counts Royce and Rodrigo Gracie, relatives of jiu jitsu pioneer Helio Gracie, among their numbers. The facility conducts age-appropriate group programs in martial arts styles from around the world to hone self-defense skills, as well as providing mental and physical benefits. In addition to Gracie jiu jitsu, the facility trains students in muay Thai kickboxing, karate, krav maga, wrestling, and other techniques.
Ranked in Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana, the course at Prairie View Golf Club is situated on 206 acres of environmentally protected land along the White River with scenic prairieland and five lakes. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design features natural wetlands with a rushing stream that comes into play on four holes, forcing players to demonstrate deft control or gilled golf bags. On the front nine, the prairie setting invites harsh winds to blow across bentgrass fairways, often knocking shots off course. As players make the turn onto the back nine, they notice a marked difference in the environment, as open prairies give way to tall sycamore, oak, beech, and cottonwood trees lying just beyond the Kentucky bluegrass rough. Across the river lies Conner Prairie, a historical re-enactment village whose elegant, 1830s-era style was adopted for the design of the course's 15,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,073 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
As cardio kickboxing became a fitness phenomenon, the underlying self-defense aspects of the workout began to fade into the background. Memphis Fitness Kickboxing’s team of professional fighters seeks to rekindle the fundamentals that form the foundation of this martial art. With backgrounds that include college wrestling, MMA competition, and full contact staring contests, the team members bring a fighting background to each physical fitness class.
At two convenient locations, each studio consists of multiple heavy bags suspended from the ceiling, which allows students to train side-by-side on their own bag. The high-energy workouts are suited to any fitness level as instructors encourage guests to train at their own pace.
Fitness, grace, confidence: at Ultimate Ballroom, instructors guide students toward all three through different types of dance, including fox trot, tango, and salsa. The seasoned dance teachers not only lead private and group social-dancing lessons tailored to individual skill levels but also coach competitors and choreograph wedding dances.