For more than 25 years, The Dive Station has led PADI-certified scuba courses and graduated more than 3,500 students. Their courses range in scope, and include open water certification, advanced open water certification, nitrox diver, rescue diver, and specialty diver courses. They also lead divemaster courses for aspiring pros who wish to take scuba to a professional level, and cave-diving courses for explorers who wish to chart the unknown and possibly glimpse a grizzly bear taking a bath. The Dive Station stays active in the diving community, leading guided diving trips to local spots and exotic international locales such as Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Turks and Caicos.
Jess and Dano Kinnee love cycling, whether on mountain or road terrain. Drawing on a lifetime of work in bike shops, Dano opened Greenway Bicycles to help spread his cycling pastime deeper into central Florida. Today his shop deals in a diverse array of bikes from Mongoose to Schwinn. As a certified bicycle mechanic, he can also perform tune-ups and install modifications on any bike, from adding new chains and trueing wheels to replacing the playing cards in the spokes. When cyclists need new gear, Greenway has a selection of bike gear from sunglasses to cycling shoes to choose from. The shop is also located right on a Florida Greenway trail, making it a convenient stop for cyclists before or during scenic rides.
Regardless of whether or not golfers agree with his teaching philosophies, few could argue that Dan Spiegel isn’t a wellspring of information. Most instructors keep their communications safely within the tee-to-green framework, but Dan prefers to branch out: he uses his academy’s website not only as a place to list golf pointers and tips, but also as a place to discuss an ecclectic mix of topics, from his views on modern media to his take on the sports news of the day.
Dan’s teaching methods are as wide-ranging as his interests. Typically, he uses whatever means his student deems most comfortable, whether that means encouraging them to play by feel or react to a more scientific breakdown of mechanics. Regardless of the approach, the overarching theme of his lessons—which occur both on the range and out on the course at Lake Orlando Golf Club—is to turn the players’ weaknesses into strengths.
In 1917, toward the end of WWI, the greens of Winter Park Country Club’s golf course echoed with baaing and bleating. In response to the wartime meat shortage, golfer cleats had given way to hooves: the course’s links, designed by John Dunn of Scotland just 17 years earlier, became grazing pastures for sheep and goats.
This was just one of many course reinventions during its more than 100 years of history, which has seen Winter Park’s fairways expand from 9 to 27 and shrink back to 9 again. Perhaps the course's greatest claim to fame has been the legendary figures who have graced its narrow, tree-hampered fairways, including players with surnames such as Hogan, Snead, and Sarazen.
Players of all stripes, from greenhorns to green-jacket holders, must deal with difficult design and terrain, as showcased on the course’s signature fourth hole, whose dogleg left and tight out-of-bounds areas lead a troubling path to a green situated behind two large bunkers and a massive oak tree. The biggest challenge, however, may reside on the par 3 seventh hole, whose deceptively simple 165-yard length leads into a hard-to-read green with a shape-shifting flagstick.
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The head coach at Tennis In Orlando is a big believer in practice. As such, he recommends that players hit tennis balls as much as they can, whether that means volleying against the side of a house or rallying with a player of equal or better skill over a pile of apples in the grocer’s produce section. During lessons, he observes players to identify both their strengths and weaknesses. Next, he’ll offer up advice and design a variety of drills that home in on the areas where they could use improvement.