Dedicated scuba instructors for more than 25 years, married mariners Dave Farrar and Margie Rhodes opened Gypsy Divers Aquatic Center in 2001 to fulfill their dream of offering aqueous awareness to all curious mammals. Students are outfitted with all the necessary equipment for the three-hour Try Scuba course, wherein a friendly, certified teacher will educate the wannabe wet-suited on the basics of underwater breathing, proper safety precautions, and kelp etiquette. After spending a few minutes acclimating to the experience in Gypsy Divers' warm, clean indoor pool, the wonders of the lavish submerged lifestyle, such as exploring a lost city or owning a shell-shuttered house with a kelp-picket fence, will reveal themselves to each aspirant diver.
buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast having at least two years of teaching experience, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a 90-degree indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
From sprint triathlons to half-ironman distance races, cycling to running, FS Series knows the thrill of pushing yourself to surpass your old race times. The staff at FS Series enjoys a good race. Their passion drives them to create and host numerous races each year that challenge attendants to conquer land and water to reach the finish. With RFID Race Timing Systems, they get live, onsite records of racers’ start and finish times, rather than relying on an old man with a sundial.
A 36-month-old strokes his arms through clear water as his mother gently holds him afloat with her hands. Over the past few swim sessions, the little student has learned to submerge his face in the water and float on his belly as well as his back. After he and his fellow swimmers finish their parent/baby swimester, it's likely they may never experience the fear of swimming that many children begin to encounter around age 3. This type of insight into the developmental importance of swimming is what informs the instruction at Swim-U, Leesburg's child-oriented swimming school. The school's curriculum opens its lessons to newborns as young as 6 months old and to kids up to age 12 to instill water skills and the joys of fitness swimming from a young age. The Swim-U team comprises upbeat swimming professors who are the brains behind the company's special brand of instruction in swimming, as well as in child CPR and first-aid training and dunk-tank pitching.
For more than 30 years, Water World Scuba & Marine's experienced staff has mentored aspiring amphibians with a medley of scuba courses. The Discover Scuba class outlines basic subaquatic skills in an area pool, and outfits students with all the necessary equipment for a proper first-time plunge. Schools of 8–10 swimmers follow PADI lesson plans during the one-hour seminar, which permits pupils to flipper down to an average dive depth of 12 feet—the ideal depth for safely making raspberries at passing jet skiers. After the course, participants may opt to continue their underwater education and credit their time toward future PADI Open Water Diver certification. Aquanauts should call ahead to reserve classes, and must bring their own bathing suit, towel, and sea-snake-handling tongs.
It takes a village to build a healthy lifestyle at the Chapel Hill–Carrboro YMCA. Fitness and friendship intertwine as positive staffers infuse the community with values such as generosity and perseverance. Teamwork fuels group sports such as soccer and baseball and more than 40 weekly exercise classes, which range from yoga to cycling to Zumba. Solo exercisers can flutter toward physical fitness in a 25-yard pool or chase it down on a host of cardio machines. In addition to building strong bodies, the facility fortifies spirits with fun-filled programs such as youth summer camps and parent retreats. Memberships come with several complimentary perks, including childcare, fitness orientations, and short-term access to other YMCA branches, and a free iPhone app shares updates about class schedules and flying-saucer landings.