Officially recognized by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Burlington Dive Center offers scuba and snorkeling classes with aqua-savvy instructors in its on-site heated pool. The 90-minute Discover Scuba Diving class introduces aspiring divers to the weightless exhilaration of breathing underwater, much like the exhilaration an astronaut feels when breathing in the shuttle’s space jacuzzi. Students will watch a brief DVD and review protocol before they bedeck their aqua-curious limbs and explore their temporary liquid home. Under the guidance of their PADI-certified instructor, adventurous students can head toward deeper waters to experience the freedom of an open-water dive, or hunt for ancient doubloons buried in pool filters. Those who discover a passion for fishy freedom can find all the equipment they need in the dive shop—Burlington Dive Center is an authorized dealer for all the products it sells, rents, and repairs.
The Alamance County Community YMCA pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps.
Zumba, cycling, and Pilates group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues result in friendly competition and hyperliterate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Gold's Gym opened more than 45 years ago in Venice Beach and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Clients can maximize their strength, flexibility, and typing speed, or enlist the expertise of a complimentary personal training consultation.
A member track of the American Speed Association (ASA), Ace Speedway has been entertaining admirers of amped-up autos since 1956. Updated and expanded as the racing sport sprouted, Ace Speedway now boasts a 4/10-mile oval track with 12-degree banking. Guests can wash away the work week with a sensory shower of speeding sights and rumbling sounds at the Friday–night racing series. Those who show up early will catch warm-ups and qualifying heats before taking in divisions such as Late Model, Grand American Modifieds, Mini Stock, and Souped-up Soccer Mom Vans. Flathead Fords, Southern Ground Pounders, and other exhibition classes sanctioned by ASA visit the track throughout the season, and a number of touring divisions, such as PASS All Stars, compete at Ace Speedway on occasion. To stop taste buds from complaining about missing the action, visitors can savor a hot dog with a 20-ounce drink.
The Center for Visual Artists is a comprehensive art education center that strives to promote the advancement and development of visual art through education, exhibition opportunities and community outreach. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable .
The mixologists at ABC Bartending School divulge saloon secrets during certification-based and recreational bartending classes. During two-week certification courses, burgeoning bartenders mix classic and popular drinks while learning about alcohol laws, responsible liquor service, and stocking and inventory. Alternatively, an entertaining mixology course lets amateurs shake up drinks and take cover from projectile champagne corks behind an ornate bar with mirrors and gold trim. Once finished imparting their knowledge, the instructors set students up with ABC’s job-placement program, which puts certified graduates to work everywhere from restaurants and nightclubs to the zero-G sports bar where astronauts celebrate successful trips to the moon.