Swim Girl, Inc. teaches young tadpoles a valuable life skill and athletic activity that will keep them in shape and out of sharks throughout their lives. Parents can be assured that swimmers will learn important water safety skills from pre-screened swim instructors, who are certified through the National Swim School Association in swim instruction, and the National Red Cross in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, and giving world-class high-fives. All instructors boast State of Arizona Preschool Licensing, and each staff member receives an observation and evaluation every four-week session. Future Michael Phelps record-breakers are evaluated by age, physical size, strength, abilities, gill possession, and desire before being placed in one of 10 class levels that will nurture their Neptunian efforts. Students and parents receive regular progress reports and assessments, as well as an underwater photo and certificate of completion for each session. Please see the schedule to plan your progeny's life aquatic.
Corey Baeham's golf lessons never begin with swing techniques—in fact, you don't even need to pick up a club. That's because Corey first addresses what is most important: your needs, wants, and goals as a golfer. Corey has had plenty of time to develop this philosophy, since he's been teaching golf since 1997 and has worked with everyone from beginners to tour professionals to top amateurs over the course of more than 10,000 lessons. After understanding your goals and learning about any pre-existing caddy phobias, Corey helps you build a foundation of basic skills that includes grip, posture, alignment, and ball position. Eventually, he even works technology into lessons, including high-speed video to break down swings and pinpoint areas that require improvement.
For more than 35 years, Kris Searle of Two Hats Training Stable has divided her time between training riders and judging international equestrian competitions. Both professional and casual riders can benefit from her wealth of experience. Under Searle’s leadership, the stable offers instruction for visitors all skill levels, from beginners to competitive riders with their own horses. There’s a 22-horse boarding facility onsite as well as a sand-based lunging ring and easy access to trail rides at Rillito River Park. The stable regularly holds multiday clinics on equine nutrition, homeopathic health, and how to interpret horses’ dreams.
If you've seen Olympic gymnasts Kurt Thomas and Kerri Strug perform, then you've seen the work of Don Gutzler. A longtime professional gymnastics coach, Gutzler co-owns Gymnastics World Northwest, where he and fellow co-owner Yoichi Tomita, also an Olympic coach, instill gymnastics skills and techniques in their students. To that end, they offer summer camps, which teach balance, kicks, and tumbling moves alongside games and free play, and competitive teams, which help build endurance and teamwork skills.
Tucson Community Music School students learn long-lasting skills from international recording artists and experienced concert musicians. The school's founding trio, Brice Winston, Doug Tidaback, and Scott Black serve as the school's primary instructors, each bringing a different set of skills. Tucson native Brice spent 16 years performing with Jazz notables such as Brian Blade and Nicholas Payton before recording with Herbie Hancock and recording music for Spike Lee Films. Doug toured as a bass trombonist for nine years with the Monterey Symphony, and served as lead trombonist for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, all while winning awards in numerous jazz festivals across the country. A career educator, Scott spent years working with prominent educators such as Barry Harris, and has done everything from teaching private music lessons to directing jazz schools.
With such an experienced staff of educators, students of Tucson Community Music School have opportunities to learn the ins and out of performing that go beyond just reading notes. During jazz and concert band classes and workshops, fledgling performers practice working with fellow musicians, learning how to harmonize without stealing all of the more advanced students' reeds. Through the school's various endeavors, students may also have the opportunity to practice, record, and travel to concerts near and far.
The diversity of programs at AZ Boxing & Fitness speaks to its instructors' belief that martial arts can hold the key to achieving fitness goals, no matter one's age or experience level. Classes for adults run the gamut from Zumba to boxing, which cover the basics of shadowboxing, footwork, and bagwork, to condition the body and relieve stress and calories. In addition to overseeing more than 40 classes a week, the instructors also run personal-training sessions, where they design fitness plans geared toward losing weight or improving athletic performance.