Over the course of nearly a decade of instruction, diving enthusiast and registered nurse Laura Parke has passed along the secrets of the deep to more than 700 divers. Though Laura leads a range of both basic and specialty courses, this deal is redeemable only for the private Discover Scuba Diving course for beginners ages 10 and up. The aqua-bound learning begins with students paddling in the pool to familiarize themselves with the gear and their functions. Once students are able to pat their heads while rubbing their goggles clean, they are carted off to get their fins wet at two shallow, oceanic locations. Tank toters will earn credit upon completion of this class, which can then be applied toward the Open Water Certification course, giving the average biped the chance to finally reunite with the speechless mermaid who got away.
Captain Jack and his first mate, Kathy, are the smiling crew behind Hollywood Beach Cruises. Aboard the Miss Hollywood Beach, they lead romantic and educational tours of Hollywood, Dania Beach, Port Everglades, and the surrounding areas. Key sites include Millionaires’ Row, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, some of the largest cruise ships in the world, and filming locations for various movies and TV shows.
While Pilates a popular fitness method, Pilates N Harmony states that its primary principle is concentration. Aided by supportive instruction and a tranquil environment, instructors provoke this concentration within their students by first coaxing their mind into a meditative state. From there, an uninhibited attitude allows students to focus their energy on self-improvement.
Of course, Pilates are only a subset of the rewarding and challenging classes Pilates N Harmony has to offer. The studio also offers a variety of all-ages yoga and zumba classes, such as vinyasa yoga and zumba core. 30-minute assessments and private instruction are also available for any class type.
As a rainbow ribbon or metallic hoop flashes in the air, a young performer stands on her toes and lifts a foot up behind her head, showcasing elegance and flexibility. Rhythmic Art helps children achieve this picture of balance and grace through a curriculum of gymnastics, cheer, and martial arts classes.
Rhythmic gymnastics challenges young bodies to dance and stretch in accordance with official U.S. Gymnastics standards, with props such as ropes, hoops, balls, ribbons, and candelabras. Alternatively, cheer programs impart tumbling skills and motivational stunts to youth of all innate charisma levels, and martial arts classes teach wushu—a modern form of kung fu with kicks, fist blows, and pinky waggles. Smaller children can leap on trampolines and dangle from monkey bars in toned-down baby gymnastics classes, and summer camps incorporate a potpourri of the above physical activities alongside an array of stimulating, off-site field trips.
Body Mind & Soul lives up to its name. With yoga and capoeira classes and a fresh fruit smoothie bar, attending the colorful studio on Sheridan Street tends to your body. Their tutoring and meditation exercises relax your mind, and a lineup of art classes and African dance and drumming sessions nurtures creativity in your soul. This vast array of enriching experiences is thanks to the diverse crew of the teachers, who focus entirely on helping their patrons achieve overall wellness.
When Sarah moved to the U.S. from France, she wanted to be a part of a meaningful spiritual community, and eventually she founded her own: the Emet Institute. It’s a place where people come not only to practice yoga, but to meditate, heal, and celebrate life. Yoga programs include Vinyasa, power, and Emet’s yoga—which seeks to unite the mind, body, and soul—and they all complement the studio’s slate of personal-transformation programs. Students interested in working on their inner fulfillment in a supportive environment may find benefits in healing energy work or life-coaching classes with Sarah, who is certified in the practice.