Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia Scuba defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts—from small children to disabled adults—explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Cozumel convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.
Ladies Choice Fitness Center shapes the silhouettes of determined dames via a fully rigged gym and multitude of classes exclusively for women. The gym brims with strength and cardio accoutrement for a workout that forms curves full circle. An experienced and heedful staff is on hand to answer inquiries pertaining to all skill levels, acquaint gym rats with proper equipment, and collect jellybean jar postulations. If group energy propels your iron-pumping speedboat, Ladies Choice runs a horde of diverse pound-jettisoning classes such as kickboxing, belly dance, yoga, and Zumba. Call the fitness center for exact dates and times.
New Life Fitness World motivates calories crusaders with personal trainers and more than 140 hours of group classes. Launch fitness plans in a one-on-one training session before bounding into any of the four locations' exercise courses, such as cycling, Zumba, and Piyo, a combination of yoga, Pilates, and trick yo-yoing. After land-based laps around the indoor tracks, or the aquatic equivalent in the indoor heated pools, fit fiddles can indulge in a sauna steam, a hot-tub soak, or a tanning session. Towel service and locker rooms facilitate transitions out of the gym, while childcare frees parents from the stress of pushing strollers while jogging on the treadmill.
Servicing divers in Columbia since 1977, Wateree Dive Center's certified submersion specialists orient the fin-less to the subsurface realm with thorough training. Mammals can test out marine life before trading their lungs to a sea-witch with the Try Scuba course, a one- to two-hour test dive for first-time sea spelunkers. After arming themselves with scuba gear provided by the center, students will explore the depths of a swimming pool, learning to use their air-granting accouterments, maneuver through water, and identify swimmers by their legs. Underwater explorers interested in further subaquatic training will receive a $50 coupon toward open-water-diving classes if they enroll within 60 days.
Signature service: Paint and Sip
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: great wines, craft beer
Pro Tip: no artistic skills necessary
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
When a customer who had never painted before contacted me afterwards to say hey and her son saw a rainbow and discussed how they would paint it.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I've always been inspired by art and always loved good wine alongside [it].
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
New concept; anyone can do it—everyone has fun, even if they come in a little apprehensive.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
You can also "freestyle" at our Paint Bar. We have options you can paint on your own or ones that come with instructions. The Paint Bar is open without reservations, walk-ins welcome to the Paint Bar. Great location to host parties as well.
Wooden shelves teem with more than 750 designs of bisque pottery pieces that include small decorative bowls, plates, banks, and mugs shaped like owls. On nearby tabletop risers, glazes in nearly 100 colors sit next to stacks of brushes, sponges, stencils, and stamps. Art Smart Academy staffers help children of all ages, including those with fully formed mustaches, exercise their creativity. They guide visitors through open pottery-painting sessions, themed painting parties, and adults-only painting workshops between the studio's bright lavender and sunburst yellow walls—often educating visitors in new artistic styles and terminology. The creative staffers also travel outside the studio as part of a mobile art-education program, and bring ample art supplies to outdoor painting parties.