New England Dive Center At the family-owned New England Dive Center, certified instructors pursue a mission of expanding scuba-diving know-how to the whole world, training underwater explorers with a curriculum of beginning to advanced diving classes. Several open-water courses survey safety, equipment, and diving etiquette to put students on the path toward PADI, TDI, or SDI certification, and an underwater photography seminar illustrates how to capture lucid footage of marine life and document mermaids' dance recitals. Group vacations shepherd divers to the lush corals of the Florida Keys, Cozumel, and the Grand Bahamas, and local events explore the quarries and shipwrecks hidden within New England's own waters. The full-service repair shop also stocks rental and retail equipment, supplying divers with high-end fins, masks, and tanks from brands such as Atomic Aquatics and XS Scuba.
Heritage Hotel Health Club houses more than treadmills and weights. Fitness instructors lead members in sweat-inducing classes such as aqua aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. Racquetball and tennis courts grant members with ample ways to enjoy their favorite sports and burn calories. When relaxation is needed, the gym's steam room and hot tubs stand ready to wash away stress, and heated indoor and outdoor pools beckon members for laid-back recreation or intense lap swims that build strength and enhance speed until swimmers can wipe the smirk off a powerboat's stupid face.
Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club cultivates outdoor play with six Deco Turf full-size courts, a heated six-lane pool for swimming, and zero-depth water splash areas for kids. Families can spend the day working out in the fitness center or enjoying the outdoor amenities, and parents of young children can leave their kids in the safety of the onsite babysitting center.
Wings Over Water prides itself on its Swimplicity curriculum, which emphasizes safety and comfort in the water to students. During four half-hour lessons ($26 per lesson) conducted in small class sizes, teachers will impart knowledge to fledgling fin-flappers in areas such as breathing, floating, basic propulsion, and safety jumps. And unlike the dolphins that sometimes teach renegade swimming classes in back-alley puddles, the instructors at Wings Over Waters have completed at least 40 hours of in-depth training, including certification in CPR and first aid. As Wings Over Water is a members-only facility, a one-year membership (a $50 value) is also included in this deal.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
At Sportsplex, lines of gleaming strength and conditioning machines stand ready to help exercisers transform their bodies. When clients aren't lifting dumbbells and bars or swimming in a pool that uses the chlorine-free SaltPure system, they can work out with personal trainers or in small-group Group Jamz sessions, or play squash on the on-site courts.