Sports in Gainesville

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Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Flyboard and wakeboard instruction

Recommended Age Group: All ages

Escaping the heat becomes a priority for city dwellers in the summer, and the people of Atlanta have just such a refuge at Lake Chatuge. The two-hour-away locale boasts crystal-clear waters, a mountain backdrop, and Mountain Wake, a water sports shop that rents wakeboards, standup paddleboards, and flyboards to visitors.

if you're giving wakeboarding a try, the set-up includes a system in which participants are pulled 500 feet down the lake while holding onto a handle connected to a cable 20 feet off the water. Anyone new to the sport might want to try out a lesson first. And because Mountain Wake's coaches now stand on paddleboards to stay close to riders, beginners no longer have to ask their coach questions solely by tying a note around a seabird's foot. The staff also teaches people how to soar above the water or dive in and out of the waves like a dolphin during flyboard lessons.

3379 U.S. 76
Hiawassee,
GA
US

ZipNTime's certified guides transform the Nacoochee Valley's lush treetops and rolling mountainsides into an adrenaline-packed history classroom in which they spin tales of gold miners, moonshiners, and early Native Americans. Adventures start in the swamp, where a 1970s-era military vehicle takes groups to their mountain starting point. Once there, everyone soars across zipline routes, reliving their past lives as paper airplanes. Between these canopy flights, the guides recount local legends and historical anecdotes, and?depending on the tour?they might also take groups on hikes over a swinging bridge, take on The Intimidator Big Zip, which stretches over nearly a half-mile, or into an authentic 19th-century goldmine where they can catch a glimpse of old steam-powered ATMs.

7019 S Main St.
Helen,
GA
US

Windsong Sailing Academy blends the educational and the recreational aspects of sailing. It is a formula that has inspired lifelong passions in several former students. One student abandoned his corporate life to sail the Caribbean with his son, and another couple spent their retirement as the co-captains of an Island Packet 38 sailboat, boating past Miami, the Bahamas, and several countries recently acquired by Tom Hanks.

Over the course of Windsong?s 27 years of nautical adventures, Captain Dave Crumbley and his team have still sought to instill both knowledge and passion for the sport they love. With their educational courses, you?ll learn both theory and technique, and you can choose to take a program that can lead to certification with the American Sailing Association. For pure buoyant bliss, board one of Windsong?s themed outings on Lake Lanier, which have included a murder mystery, a Jamaican-music night, and a storytelling voyage.

6900 Holiday Road
Buford,
GA
US

Nestled in the high branches of Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, a network of ropes, ladders, and bridges invites amateur adventurers to scurry across their lengths. Although Treetop Quest’s ropes courses hover as high as 55 feet above the ground, guests stay safe thanks to a belay system that’s impossible to detach at canopy level. During self-guided adventures, they encounter more than 70 obstacles, whooshing along ziplines, scaling rope nets, and carefully crossing suspension and monkey bridges. Before guests ascend through the branches, instructors issue them harnesses and gloves and give them a thorough safety briefing. The courses vary in difficulty and height to accommodate all experience levels and ages, allowing visitors as young as 4 to enjoy a challenge, even if it’s just trying to sweet-talk a squirrel into sharing his stash of Corn Nuts.

Amid the excitement, Treetop Quest educates patrons on the surrounding environment through plaques and info boards at each course level. The courses operate sustainably to respect their arboreal hosts; the structures are treatment-free and don’t puncture the trees in any way.

2020 Clean Water Dr.
Buford,
Georgia
US

Inside Gentry's MMA & Fitness, clients burn through fat in a myriad of fitness classes as martial arts practitioners roll on mats while working on their techniques. They offer GFX classes, which take a two-phase approach to fitness, first focusing on core training, stabilization, and toning to help build endurance while shedding pounds, then moving on to the second phase that aims to build strength and muscle power. Their expert trainers also teach both children and adults, helping students at every level of fitness learn to defend themselves and get fit. In kids classes, instructors focus on equipping youngsters with the tools to defend themselves against bullies as well as developing self-confidence and discipline. During adult classes ? jiu jitsu, muay thai, and MMA ? they help clients develop correct striking, kicking, and punching bag high-fiving techniques.

3616 South Bogan Road
Buford,
GA
US

At Dive Educators, the team of certified instructors works to uphold the center's SSI Diamond status. That means everything from helping newcomers get their feet wet in the heated waters of the center's 25' x 50' pool to teaching more seasoned divers advanced skills such as technical diving in the pool's 20' x 25' x 10' dive well. To supplement the in-water curriculum, the instructors have two classrooms where students can complete coursework and test the waterproofness of a Power Point presentation.

4875 Hog Mountain Rd
Flowery Branch,
GA
US