Defensive Shooting Instructors' training staff includes Special Forces members, SWAT officials, and intelligence specialists. Drawing from these backgrounds, the highly trained team teaches dozens of public courses that cover everything from pistols to shotguns to hand-to-hand combat. Rather than guiding their students through simple lessons, the instructors run drills that simulate real-world conditions and aim to create safe-yet-intense environments. Depending on the class, they might have groups race through obstacles, run up stairs, or even roll in the dirt. For firearms training, they travel to local ranges and put shooters through repetitive drills focused on speed, accuracy, and consistency. In addition to civilian instruction, Defensive Shooting Instructors designs courses for law enforcement officers, military members, and deploying journalists. Its staff mans a gun shop.
Once the host of the PGA Tour's Miami Open, Miami Springs Golf and Country Club's 6,785 yards of well-groomed, tree-lined terrain once cradled the spiked footsteps of golf greats such as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Begin a day of visceral divot-tearing and surreptitious lie-improvement with a stint at the grass-tee-box driving range, where 70 driving-range balls willingly explode off club faces and land with ballistic grace on targets positioned at varying distances. Mature trees loiter throughout the course, halting wayward drives and placing a high premium on fairway placement, which becomes even more critical on the back nine, where the flowing streams of a canal claim ill-guided orbs and provide aquatic passage for golf carts hoping to abscond to Cuba. The course reaches its climactic crescendo on the par-4 17th—the hardest-rated hole from all three tees—where woodlands claim any misses to the left and some players will have to abandon drivers to stay short of the intervening stream, leaving them with a lengthy second shot to a large and well-fortified green. The course layout offers a thorough outline of each hole, including advice on how to approach each shot and placate territorial flagsticks.
Through a combination of lecture-based sessions and overseen practice time at their indoor shooting range, Allstate Training Academy guides civilians, law-enforcement officers, and military members in the responsible use of firearms. The faculty includes experts such as Albert Confident, a state of Florida firearm instructor and NRA handgun and shotgun instructor, who covers the fundamentals of marksmanship, firearm maintenance, and knitting holsters. During other courses, the instructors teach students to defend themselves with retractable batons in obtaining the necessary skills to become a professional security guard.
The NRA-licensed instructors at Weapons License train both civilians and security officers in armed and unarmed self-defense. Their class catalogue breaks down into an array of courses, covering topics such as concealed-weapon training, pressure-point control, and women's defense. They also dedicate time to teaching proper medical response, such as how to give CPR.
Blackwater Agency is a fully licensed and insured private-security firm serving Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties.
Shula’s Athletic Club—named for Don Shula, the NFL Hall of Famer who coached the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl trophy in 1972—doesn’t find it hard to fill its sprawling 40,000 square feet of space. A cardio room with more than 50 pieces of equipment, a spinning center, weight rooms, fitness-class studios, and basketball courts spread through the facility, luring athletes for independent workouts and personal-training sessions. Dozens of weekly fitness classes range from calorie-burning Zumba workouts and Vinyasa-yoga sessions to spin classes that help students practice for the day they have pedal-powered cars.
The athletic club also accommodates older exercisers with aquatic aerobics and seated Silver Sneakers workouts, and it keeps kids busy with confidence-building youth sports programs. Young legs run over a new 60-yard athletic field or nine lighted tennis courts where kids whack tennis balls and low-flying hot-air balloons with rackets.
• For $70, you get a one-hour private lesson from one of the academy's certified instructors at Doral Golf Resort (a $140 value). • For $75, you get a one-hour computer-assisted clubfitting session at Doral Golf Resort (a $150 value). • For $150, you get a one-week junior golf clinic for kids ages 7–13 at the Miami Beach Golf Club (a $300 value).
The instructors at Ritmo House teach dance and musical performance of all kinds, but their true mission is unlocking hidden potential. They run afterschool programs for kids, combining structured homework time with lessons in everything from dance and choreography to musical instruments and acting. They also teach adult classes, helping their older students discover the passion of salsa, the history of Latin dance, or the best way to put on makeup to impress judges.