Tens of thousands of art aficionados flock to Florida for December’s Miami Art Week each year; and after 35 years hosting a leading fine art fair in NYC, Artexpo is enjoying its second year in Miami. Culled from artists and galleries around the world, a juried array of vibrant pieces decorates the expo, expanding viewers’ aesthetic horizons without just teaching them that fingerpainting with your toes counts, too.
Miami Beach Ocean Watersports equips patrons with all the tools they need to plan an exhilarating day on the picturesque waters of Biscayne Bay. Visitors can grab an ore, hop on a paddleboard or kayak, and glide atop the blue expanses, or satisfy their need for speed on a jet ski. The company’s customized powerboat whips inflatable banana boats back and forth with hairpin turns, and sends parasails skyward so riders can enjoy expansive views and score points with seagulls by pointing out unsuspecting picnickers.
After Captain Chris Gruno escaped the chilly air of New Jersey and his desolate cubicle desk, he brought the Grouchy Turtle to the Florida Keys, where he now ferries patrons through tropical waters. The catamaran, a 33.5-foot-long boat with six rooms, can sleep up to four on overnight voyages and fit up to six passengers on daytime jaunts. A blue, U-shaped bench borders the table in the saloon, and the master cabin boasts a bed big enough for a queen. The vessel is the vehicle for diverse aquatic jaunts, including kayak tours.
Nautilus Spearfishing’s certified staff instructs water-sports enthusiasts in proper, safe diving techniques. Individuals looking to acclimate themselves to freediving methods and safety protocols can receive breath-holding know-how with Nautilus’ F.I.I. Intro to Freedive and Safety Course, a full-day class that gives diving neophytes a firm foundation in tankless diving and the basic knowledge required for future freediving education. Groups of no more than 10 students begin their instruction in a structured classroom, learning basic safety procedures, breathing techniques, and dismissing dinner invitations from deceptive sharks. After memorizing the do’s and don’ts of diving, pupils take to the Nautilus pool to practice their newfound skill set in a controlled environment.
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