At the ASA-certified True North Sailing School, students learn to safely navigate vessels through wind and water during 21-hour basic sailing courses. The program blends classroom time with training on the water, and along the way, students learn to steer, name the different parts of the boat, and measure the wind's direction. Other, complementary classes teach sailors about more advanced sailing skills and spring fashion's new lifejackets. And for those looking for a sailing adventure, the school leads group excursions to tropical locales like the Caribbean, where the water temperature is always 75 degrees.
During rub*ology 101's 90-minute workshops, partners learn to knead and knuckle friends', roommates', or sweethearts' pains away under the guidance of licensed massage therapists. Students stay fully clothed in each class, which focuses on a specific body area and combines with the others to span the entire physique and form one giant, stress-fighting robot. In the Rubbing Shoulders / Head of the Class workshop, guides drag hands across knotted shoulders and necks to eliminate pains. Got Your Back illustrates how to allay aches by soothing the upper, middle, and lower back, and the Out on a Limb session arms friends with the ability to scare off arm, leg, and extremity aches by shaking tree branches at them. Scour the frequently asked questions for additional information and check the calendar for class availability.
Village Pourhouse's beer selection is so diverse that the pub issues some customers a passport, stamping it each time they try a beer culled from 16 countries. They boast more than 100 brews that range from locally brewed ales to Japanese ginger beer, and even make beer the starring liquid in cocktails infused with fig vodka and pear cider.
Though beer takes the spotlight here, their pub eats play a worthy second fiddle. The menu fills bellies with pub classics, such as burgers, wraps, and hot wings. More eclectic dishes include lamb burgers and chicken tenders coated with pretzel breading. Bringing it all together, each dish is listed with its ideal beer pairing based on its astrological sign.
It’s tough to get tree frogs, toucans, and monkeys to sit still in a studio. That's why the leaders of the Academy of Photo Arts take photography trips to Costa Rica, where they can find exotic wildlife in its natural habitat before capturing it on film. The photography academy’s travel courses can also whisk students off to Venice’s picturesque canals, or to Las Vegas to capture shots of the Grand Canyon or the landfill where all copies of Vegas Vacation are buried.
The school hosts Toronto-based courses as well, where keen-eyed photographers lead interactive workshops on wildlife photography and landscape photography. The in-studio courses, meanwhile, focus on techniques that help artists create flattering lighting setups, perform seamless Photoshop edits, and unscrew lens caps rather than smashing them to pieces in frustration. The Academy also provides photo- and video-booth rental that allows photo-takers to capture as many photos and video as they want in both color or black-and-white.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
USFCA Master and fencing Olympian Steve Kaplan was inducted into the New York University Athletics Hall of Fame for his feats as the captain of the 1971 national-championship team and his six-year stint as NYU's head coach, during which time he produced five national champions. Since founding Cobra Fencing in 2002, Kaplan and his team of dedicated duelists have taught kids, adults, and vengeance-seeking buccaneers the way of the sword. Whether fencing for fitness, pleasure, or competition, students proceed at their own pace through the intimate classes, starting with footwork essentials before learning the finer points—pun intended—of the sport's three unique blades.