British Swim School's instructors know that swimming, splashing, diving, and cannonballing are loads of fun. But they also know that swimming is an important survival skill, one that's especially vital for young children. For the last 30 years, they've led lessons that give kids the tools they need to have fun and be safe, too. Swim instruction covers all the basics, including teaching kids how to float on their back—a technique the staff believes is one of the most important water survival skills. Instructors teach students as young as 3 months, and lead small-group classes for adult beginner and intermediate swimmers, as well.
The PADI- and first aid-certified instructors at QC Scuba school students in the slippery ways of underwater breathing apparati with hands-on courses held seven days a week. PADI designs its Discover Scuba course to expose students to breathing underwater, which is the most elemental of scuba techniques next to looking good in a wetsuit. After a brief introduction at QC headquarters, pool dives are held outdoors in Bellmore, Huntington, or Bayshore or indoors at Queensborough Community College or the Freeport Rec Center.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
Deer Park Community Center runs on the belief that children should remain active and use their imaginations. So, the facility organizes a full slate of athletic and cultural programs as an alternative to other popular forms of entertainment, such as playing video games and trying to sell annoying siblings on eBay. The DPCC offers activities that satisfy a wide range of interests. Youngsters can spark up competition with games of volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball, or get their creative juices flowing during theater performances and age-appropriate dances.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The pulsing waves of the Atlantic Ocean rock boards, lulling riders into a state of reverie as salt-tinged air tousles their hair. Long Island natives and former lifeguards Johana and Billy fell in love with this sun-soaked state of meditation and now share it with others through tours, lessons, and rentals at Fire Island Kite & SUP. With origins in ancient Hawaii, standup paddleboarding offers a laid-back alternative to walking on water. Visitors skim over shallows teeming with fish, keeping eyes peeled for wildlife while slipping past towns such as Robbins Rest and Fair Harbor.
Kiteboarding, on the other hand, has its roots solidly in modern times and sates the cravings of adrenaline junkies. The sport blends the speed of windsurfing, the sweeping turns of snowboarding, and the gentle spray of being on Shamu's debate team. Under the eye of a certified instructor, gusts of wind fill sails and propel kiteboarders across the waters near East Island.