During a beginning to intermediate metal-working crash course, students will learn how to properly wield a variety of hand tools, shape solder with a torch, and handle hammers to shape copper into an elegant ring. Expert metal-manipulators douse absorbent pupils with their abundant knowledge of piercing, stone setting, and finishing before setting them free to coerce metal on their own. Jewelry Creations Workshop's staff of friendly silversmiths are skilled at teaching the precision, attention to detail, and creativity required to craft fingerbling so sparkling it attracts hummingbirds. All materials and tools will be provided, including the copper needed to make your ring.
The one-day ticket to the Sixth Annual Florida International Wine Challenge gets you an unlimited sampling of more than 500 worldly wines. Sample a variety of sips, such as the merlot of Napa Valley, syrah of Portugal, and malbec of Argentina, while participating in contests, raffles, and taste-testing activities. If you decide to fill your stomach with solids after the wine tastings, you can make dinner reservations at The Palms Hotel & Spa's Essensia Restaurant & Lounge and choose any two free bottles of wine from the tasting with no corkage fee to complement your meal. Tropical-reveling guests will appreciate the tranquility of The Palms Hotel & Spa, a luxurious resort with a sensational view of the oceanfront.
AquaShop is in the business of defying physics; inside, water flows uphill. The FlowRider wave machine—an attraction usually reserved for theme parks or cruise ships—projects a frothy current blasted up a slanted ramp, emulating a wave for surfers, wakeboarders, and ambitious belly floppers to catch anytime, regardless of tide conditions. Before visiting, guests can check out the fun from the company’s live camera view, which shows off sweet rides and spectacular wipeouts during all business hours.
Water isn’t the only element AquaShop harnesses. The emporium of all things extreme hosts shred sessions on its Big Wave mechanical surfboard and encourages visitors to fire foam balls back and forth in the Cannon Ball Blaster arena. The in-house Thrill Zone features a padded obstacle course with a climbing wall, a slide, and a secret portal that grants one wish from Kelly Slater’s magic bald head.
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Squalo Divers, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, works in tandem with top industry brands such as Aqualung, Mares, and GoPro to outfit divers so they can explore underwater ecosystems. Equipment such as tanks, depth gauges and buoyancy-control devices prepares landlubbers for underwater travel without tricking a whale into swallowing them. Alternatively, the shop’s maintenance services can whip older gear into working order before each aqueous adventure.
Taught by certified instructors, Squalo Divers' courses run the gamut of scuba instruction, ranging from basic open-water certification to emergency-responder techniques. Courses incorporate cutting-edge training materials—including dependable gear and online study aids—and are taught in English or Spanish. The scuba center also offers trips to explore local waterways renowned for their extensive array of marine life.