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.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
The Harbison Community Association provides a venue for community members to work out and form bonds with their neighbors. The center maintains an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a baby pool. Members can build strength in the weight room and challenge their friends to a game on the racquetball court.
Wella Professionals School pampers heads with eye-catching coifs administered by student stylists who work under the supervision of licensed instructors. In the impressively large and open space, guests can choose their preferred treatment from the style menu, such as an invigorating shampoo and blow-dry for an instant makeover ideal for job interviews or before interviewing potential dates in a bleakly lit warehouse ($10). Student scissor wizards snip unruly locks into sleekly styled cranial carpets, and a licensed instructor calmly offers professional advice ($10). For a revamped color scheme or to mask the aftermath of late-night leopard-spot hair tattoos, guests can choose to douse tresses in a single process color ($25–$35) or sprinkle light-catching strands among already luminous follicles with partial high or low lights ($25).
At Snap Fitness’ 24-hour gym, guests come and go armed with their access keys and are able to work out at their convenience. Around the gym, rows of cardio machines and stacks of free weights stand by as personal trainers show guests the most efficient ways to pump iron and bench-press their old refrigerators.
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.