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.
Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
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.
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.
A guitar teacher for nearly 10 years, Martin Moretto quickly realized that his students learned best in a group setting. When surrounded by peers, his pupils were part of a musical community they could jam with and reach out to for help if Martin was busy. That's why, at Yellow Frog, he teaches group classes, schooling kids and adults aged 12 and older. Structured in one-month blocks, classes cater to beginners, who use the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 to collectively master guitar fundamentals.