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Captain Aqua's enthusiastic instructors plunge developing divers and nascent Neptunians into the exhilarating realm of scuba in the introductory Try Scuba course. In the pool’s safe confines, the resident pros—with more than 50 years of combined diving experience—guide amateur aqualetes through the basics of breathing underwater, an experience as eye-opening and electrifying as Flipper's shrill rap battles with Shamu. Though prospective fin jockeys must provide their own towel and swimsuit, Captain Aqua's furnishes other necessary aquatic accouterments. Students should bring a mask, snorkel, and fins if already owned; otherwise, they are available to borrow, free of charge. Call Captain Aqua's to schedule a class, for updated info on class times and dates, or to show off a recently learned whale mating call.
The FAA-certified flight instructors at California Airways offer something for aspiring fliers of all ages with pilot certification programs, high-school summer camps, and birthday parties for smaller children. No matter what their experience level is, guests of legal age can handle the rudders of not only the business’s simulators but also its Cessna airplanes. Joining the California Airways club allows license-carrying pilots to rent these aircraft, provided they know the proper levitation incantations.
On a sunny afternoon, a small plane speeds down a runway and takes to the sky, its occupants gazing down at the streets of San Francisco, sailboats speeding through the bay, and the coppery sails of the Golden Gate Bridge. A small tour group or a student pilot sits in the belly of the plane, marveling at the thrill of flight.
Hayward Flight’s staff of FAA-certified instructors and pilots shares that experience with everyone—from young children to aspiring airline pilots—during scenic tours and private plane rentals. Pilot training classes emphasize sophisticated simulator practice and in-air flight, and students can earn private and commercial pilot licenses behind the controls of the Hayward’s fleet of Cessna aircraft and domesticated dragons.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Hot Body Fitness harnesses the power of the stationary velocipede to transform excess weight into sweat and burn off stress in big cool-looking fireballs. During the 45-minute spin classes, students will sink their ears into mellifluous, adrenaline-stoking tunes while pedal-pounding away on state-of-the-art Spinner NXT bikes. Hot Body's certified instructors will challenge complacent legs and cardiovascular systems with a gamut of riding exercises, including climbs, sprints, jumps, and cruises. Membership also includes discounts on Hot Body Fitness’s other classes, such as yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and differential calculus.
When you turn the key in the ignition of a motorcycle, the engine that rumbles to life below you has the power of a hundred horses. That’s a lot of force to handle, which is why the teachers at Motorcycle University take their training so seriously. They aim to create safe, responsible riders, starting with extensive basics classes taught on their closed, off-road practice range. They cover even the simplest steps of riding a motorcycle– from switching it on to basic turns – during three-hour classes, providing plenty of opportunity for students to hone their skills in the saddle of the school’s own bikes. They also know that some students require more practice than a single class allows, so they welcome those students back again to repeat the same course at no charge, based on the instructor's recommendation.
The backgrounds of Gun Kraft's instructors include the military, law enforcement, executive protection. With these diverse backgrounds, the team can accommodate almost any type of firearm training. They even offer a You Call The Shots class, wherein students drive the day's agenda and curriculum. Of course, the instructors also teach predesigned firearms classes?including NRA FIRST Steps Pistol and Basic Pistol classes.
With six massage rooms and a staff of certified massage therapists, Mission Massage Therapy Center can cater to every client's personal massage needs. Its expansive menu of services includes Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massages, as well as couples treatments.
The instructors at Kims Academy help grade-school and high-school students perform better in the classroom or on standardized tests. With 20 years of teaching experience, director Stephanie Kim—who also codirects the Scorehigh tutoring facility—professionally trains her team of experts. Working one-on-one or in small groups, the instructors provide students with tools for tackling SAT and ACT tests or improving writing and math skills. They answer tough questions on subjects such as grammar, constructing research papers, and whether it’s possible to learn through osmosis by using a textbook as a pillow.
Aloha Mind Math's certified teachers lead students through weekly after-school classes that increase mental processing abilities through fun, interactive lessons, keeping classes small to ensure all students receive ample attention. Though primarily focused on math, teachers also host reading and writing classes that increase literacy, reducing the chance students will accidentally sign contracts to forever trade their chocolate milk for pieces of chalk.
Pairing their civic-mindedness with a strong business sense, a group of University of California, Berkeley students grabbed a laptop and a borrowed pickup and began delivering school supplies to underserved students across the region. Today their initiative, K to College, distributes the resources students need to excel in school and attain a solid education. Collaborating with local businesses, K to College creates grade-appropriate supply kits as part of their Give 22 campaign, named as such because the kits cost $22 to complete—a third of their retail price. Packed in a sturdy canvas tote bag, these kits of pencils, papers, and dental-care items go to public-school students in the free or reduced-price lunch program. K to College also advertises back-to-school efforts through local TV stations and works with the Folsom State Prison to organize community-service opportunities for inmates as part of a rehabilitation program—an effort that caught the attention of CNN.
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Oakland Flyers organizes aerial endeavors with flight lessons and club plane rentals to keep their customers airborne. Since 1989, its team of instructors has trained amateurs in basic flight techniques with on the ground and in-air lessons that lead to professional pilot qualifications. Pilots and students can take to the skies and practice scribbling their initials in the clouds in Cessna, Piper, and Bellanca airplanes as they gain hours toward private pilot, instrument, commercial, and flight-instructor ratings. An on-site pilot-supplies shop also keeps patrons prepared with books, charts, and limited avionics.
For a martial art, aikido is quite peaceful. The Japanese combat style eschews the drilling strikes and violent choke holds that characterize mixed-martial-arts fighting and handshakes between vikings for a martial-art form that flows around opponents, craftily using their momentum against them to throw off their balance and bring them to the mat. Instructor Anthony Campagna leads a team of instructors with more than 25 years of experience to instill students of all ages and skill levels with the confidence and sense of calm that has made the form a popular form of self-defense for nearly a century.
Dance Daze in Schools teaching intern Jaime Fields wrote that she has “never enjoyed anything in life as much as dance. The feelings that come with moving through a space and owning every moment of it, no restrictions; that is the best experience.” Jaime started dancing when she was four, and now, she shares her skills with kids and gives them a “creative outlet and center for their lives” through dance classes.
Jaime’s experience is thanks to Dance Daze in Schools, which trains adults with teaching experience and college students like Jaime in dance instruction and then connects them with youth in local K-12 schools and community organizations. In- and after-school dance classes teach movement vocabulary, dance technique, and original choreography one of two days per week. Students can focus on one continuous style or revolving dance styles such as hip hop, ballet, and tap, with an option for varied styles including African, break dance, and Baile Folklorico depending on the teacher’s dance background. The blended learning program combines dance lessons with production and tech projects, such as setting up recording devices and editing audio and video clips, to teach real world skills. Dance Daze in Schools also provides internships to teach college students lesson planning and classroom management and reaches out to high school students with community service opportunities.
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