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The flipper-clad minds behind Oceanblue Divers live and breathe below the sea?and they're bent on helping others do the same. But while their expertise pervades every aspect of scuba adventuring, their facility's offerings can be boiled down to three deep-diving categories: training, gear, and travel. The Training: Cookies are central to the Oceanblue Divers training philosophy?but not in any edible form. The PADI-certified instructors instead view baking as the antithesis of their diver-training program. Nobody can learn to dive through rote steps and precise measurements, they believe, but rather only by becoming comfortable through and through with the gear, the techniques, and the ocean's depths. Hence the curriculum: a mix of classroom instruction and pool practice augmented by real-world anecdotes from the instructors. A notable absence? Recipes. The Gear: The onsite shop stocks equipment from some of the top scuba brands in the world, including Aqua Lung, Scubapro, Henderson, Mares, Liquivision, and more. Divers can also shop on-the-go by browsing everything from dive bags to gauges in the online store. The Travel: The Bahamas, Indonesia, the Cayman Islands?such tropical locales are par for the course when it comes to Oceanblue Divers' adventures, upon which all skill levels are welcome. The team can also function as full-service dive travel agents, building custom vacations for divers with specific destinations in mind, such as Cozumel or their neighbor's hot tub.
144 Water Street
Norwalk,
CT
US
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.
2221 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield,
CT
US
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.
1 Blachley Road
Stamford,
CT
US
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.
49 Brown House Rd
Stamford,
CT
US
Since its founding nearly a century ago, the Stamford Jewish Community Center (JCC) has served as a focal point for the local Jewish community and a welcoming educational and fitness center for visitors of all faiths and backgrounds. Here, kids can play in early childhood classes, or learn to swim with youth aquatics lessons in the indoor pool. Forge new friendships with teammates in the JCC's adults softball and basketball leagues, or fill your brain with new knowledge during the center's frequent film festivals and cultural events.
1035 Newfield Ave
Stamford,
CT
US
With a lineup of helpful, certified trainers and a diverse fitness-class selection, Energy Fitness & Wellness is equipped to assist patrons of all shapes and sizes in achieving stronger, healthier bodies. Energy takes pride in building a distinguished personal training program so that those pumping iron solo can enlist their friendly floor advisors for assistance with the machines or to learn new free-weight exercises to vary their routines. For a dose of camaraderie and accountability, patrons can hone their strength, endurance, and flexibility during group classes, such as Pilates, hot yoga, spinning, and Zumba. Guests at Energy Fitness & Wellness can work out knowing they're giving Mother Nature a break by supporting a facility that runs on solar electric power and radiant heat. Its rooms also boast recycled bamboo flooring and a fresh-air ventilation system. Outdoors, the 3,000-square-foot turf lawn hosts boot-camp classes.
10-15 Fort Salonga Road
Fort Salonga,
NY
US
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