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Every five minutes, the Giant Bucket of Fun at Nashville Shores topples over, releasing approximately 500 gallons of water onto the people below. But in the grand scheme of Nashville Shores, that big splash is still a very small drop in the bucket. In total, more than one million gallons of water fuel summer fun at the water park, pulling off feats such as accelerating a person to 25 miles per hour. It's the Music City Racer?a five-story water slide?that accomplishes that, while seven other slides twist, weave, and plunge towards splash pools filled with extra-cushy water droplets. Nashville Shores also features Kowabunga Beach, a large wave pool, and a lazy river, as well as a four-story water treehouse for kids.

Sometimes, though, you can't improve on mother nature. Percy Priest Lake nestles right up to the grounds of Nashville Shores, which offers volleyball, kayak, rides, and more.

4001 Bell Rd
Hermitage,
TN
US

A family-owned, full-service shop, Neptune Diving & Ski has equipped its customers with skiing, snowboarding, and scuba essentials for nearly four decades. Inside, the shop's passionate staff helps thrill seekers of all ages prepare for upcoming adventures both by servicing equipment and providing lesson programs for all three sports. Neptune also acts as a travel guide, offering exotic trips to local and international locations throughout the year.

5827 Charlotte Pike
Nashville,
TN
US

Since the instructors at Southeastern Divers's five-star PADI--certified training facility first set up shop in 1980, more than 5,000 of their aquatic pupils have obtained diving certifications. The certified scuba pros, each of whom has obtained a master diver trainer rating, or at least interned as a mermaid, continue to add to this number using their structured course flow. They help novice divers to take their first plunge during Discover Scuba programs and guide them toward the master-diver level. Along the way, instructors and pupils branch off from the course flow to try their rubber flippers in specialty programs such as wreck diving. Throughout all coursework, Southeastern Divers's staff can rent equipment or sell gear from brands such as Aqua Lung.

908 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville,
AL
US

The multiple YMCA locations in metropolitan Chattanooga serve more than 37,000 members a year and fulfill the mission of uniting guests regardless of gender, age, faith, background, abilities, or income. Founded in London in 1844, the YMCA spread to its Chattanooga home in 1871 and continues to operate with help from local community volunteers as stalwart as I Love Lucy syndicators. Each location caters to the needs of children, teens, seniors, and families with afterschool programs and fitness-based activities. Cardio machines pump hearts, racquetball courts host fun competitions, and pools allow goggles to fulfill their original purpose: snapping the face with their elastic band to make a diver jump off the blocks faster. A sauna and steam room heat clients up after they cool down in the pools, and parents can drop their young children off at the nursery before participating in group fitness classes.

232 Fourth Ave. #6
Dayton,
TN
US

Leisure Time Dive & Ski Center helps adventurists plunge to new depths and soar down mountainsides at supersonic speeds. The facility stocks an extensive supply of scuba gear and skiing equipment, and makes items from both departments available to purchase or rent. Divers wanting to improve their craft can participate in a variety of different educational lessons, from a rescue diver course to the open-water training classes needed for PADI certification. Leisure Time also doubles as a full-service travel agency, and assists clients in planning exotic scuba diving and skiing vacations.

3520 Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Whether, certifying scuba divers or teaching kids how to swim, Choo Choo Diving and Aquatic Center's small class sizes ensure students get the most out of their courses. Inexperienced divers enroll in the discover scuba class, and more advanced divers can get certifications to become open-water instructors. Meanwhile, at the swim school, kids as young as 6 months old splash in the pool with their parents, whereas older children are separated by age and experience level.

3739 Powers Ct
Chattanooga,
TN
US