Over the course of nearly a decade of instruction, diving enthusiast and registered nurse Laura Parke has passed along the secrets of the deep to more than 700 divers. Though Laura leads a range of both basic and specialty courses, this deal is redeemable only for the private Discover Scuba Diving course for beginners ages 10 and up. The aqua-bound learning begins with students paddling in the pool to familiarize themselves with the gear and their functions. Once students are able to pat their heads while rubbing their goggles clean, they are carted off to get their fins wet at two shallow, oceanic locations. Tank toters will earn credit upon completion of this class, which can then be applied toward the Open Water Certification course, giving the average biped the chance to finally reunite with the speechless mermaid who got away.
Broward Table Tennis Club's spacious ping-pong studio boasts 16 tabletop courts where mini-tennis buffs can practice their game and face off with competitors on any day of the week. Ample lighting, high ceilings, and red rubber floors provide plenty of room for honing complicated curve balls and perfecting slam serves. The club also has a lounge area for relaxing between games; for an additional fee, you can play your part in the age-old contest of man vs. mandroid by taking on a Newgy Robo-Pong machine ($4 for 30 minutes; $8 for 60 minutes). Private lessons are also available from the center's world-class coaches.
The professional staff at Divers Direct helps first-time divers develop their sea legs through the Try Scuba Experience, which instructs safe, introductory diving techniques in a nearby pool facility. Before allowing pupils to test the waters, veteran divers outfit their trainees in the proper underwater accouterments––including regulators, snorkels, masks, fins, and narwhal repellent. During about 30 minutes of pool time, new divers learn the basics of breathing underwater and can swim as deep as 10 feet, depending on their comfort levels. Those inspired to brave the ocean depths after the Try Scuba Experience will be rewarded with a $50 voucher valid toward future open-water certification. Participants should bring their own swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen to their diving session.
At Sobe Jet Boats, captains-for-a-day can grab the wheel of a Sea Doo jet boat and cruise South Florida's waters at high speeds or simply relax along the shore. After firing up one of the boat's jet propulsion engines, simply follow lateral markers out to the ocean. There, you can push the throttle and pull towables such as wakeboards, tubes, or giant glazed donuts. Alternatively, the boats' shallow drafts allow them to venture close to shore, where passengers can catch rays on a sun deck. The Sea Doo’s ergonomic, fold-out seats also make relaxing on the deck a more comfortable experience.
Having watched his grandfather and father work in the boating industry his whole life, Brad Reeves found it natural to follow in their wake. In 2011, he expanded the family business, acquiring a fleet of new Bennington pontoon boats to open Reeves Coastal Cruises, a boat-rental company. Each boat is equipped with a Yamaha motor, GPS, and a CD player, and he sends groups of up to 10 sailing the shimmering waters of south Florida with cruise packages featuring four- and eight-hour rentals, as well as two-hour sunset rentals. His wife and business partner, Jennifer, hosts the Florida Insider Fishing Report on Sun Sports and is an NBC 6 Miami meteorologist. She applies this unique expertise of the region to their business and ensuring a memorable experience for their customers. Today, with their twin daughters helping out dockside, they continue a family tradition of getting others together for a fun and safe day on the water, outfitting each vessel with safety equipment, a full tank of gas, and spray-on seagull repellant.
Voted Golf Course of the Year by the Charleston Golf Course Owners Association in 2009, Dunes West Golf Club's scenic par 72 teems with 200-year-old oaks and bermuda-covered dunes in a diamond-shaped layout designed by Arthur Hills. Frank Moore, a PGA member with more than 20 years of teaching experience, uses close observation and video analysis in one-hour lessons to give each attendee a more confident swing and a more intimate understanding of life from a sand trap's perspective. In addition to 10 sessions of swing instruction, golf students can enjoy four rounds on the 6,871-yard course, stopping occasionally to admire the Dunes West clubhouse's classic southern architecture.
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