Favoring small group swimming lessons targeted to all ages, The Aquatic Zone's instructors are trained in the Aquatic Concepts, Inc. method, and use positive reinforcement to teach beginning swimmers the basics of water comfort, body balance, and movement. Once budding amphibians have gotten their foot-flippers wet, they'll try out various strokes and other swimming must-knows such as wall kicks, breathing patterns, and psychic communication with sea life. Lessons are available for children as young as six months and are offered at multiple skill levels for every age group. The goals at each stage are clearly presented and taught, ensuring that the time spent in the pool is always productive and goal-oriented. Awards such as toys, certificates of completion, and surgically implanted gills are bestowed upon students when all the elements of a particular level are mastered. Sessions typically last a half hour, and the saltwater chlorination pools keep water clean without irritating eyes or skin.
Buccaneer Bay packs in more liquitechnics than an underwater merman metal concert. With several twisty, bright-colored waterslides right out of a novelty curly-straw factory, the Bay has everything for every member of the family (even small slides for wee ones). Parking is free and so is the use of life jackets and inner tubes. Between all the splashing and splishing, head to the green grass picnic area, where tired visitors can recharge with a bite to eat, such as hot dogs available for purchase ($1.50 each).
As it turns out, technology and water mix pretty well. At SwimLabs, the staff uses advanced video technology to analyze strokes with 360-degree views. That happens inside the constant-current pool and allows for in-depth critiques and corrections. Of course, that level of studious scrutiny is for the swim school's competitive swimmers and triathletes. For kids just learning, the school has fun basic lessons that show kids there's no need to fear the wet stuff. A fear of water, however, is not an age-based condition. SwimLabs' team can help adults get past their phobia, too, as it's never too late to discover the myriad benefits of exploring aquatic worlds.
Colleen Bordages's athletic background is as varied as her classes. She has two dozen years of softball experience, a Golden Glove boxing victory, and certifications as a TRX and boot camp instructor. She combines all of this into one endeavor with MBS Conditioning, where she leads aquatic training, softball training, and athletic conditioning classes.
At Pure Light, the candle-making process entails an elegant journey through four simple steps. Start with one of more than two dozen distinct aromas, and then select a mold that best supports your scented story, such as a star, a flower, or a pre-rhinoplasty sphinx. Clients can then add in a few of the 50-plus embellishments offered by Pure Light, with accessories including moons and dragonflies. In the fourth and final step, guests will blend in a chunk of their favorite color to effectively bring out the shade of the wick's eye. Choose either a 13 oz. candle ($23) or a 16 oz. candle ($26), applying the remaining value of this Groupon to embellishments, ranging from small wax items ($0.50 each) to the assortment of fine tokens ($2–$7).
Founded by two-time Olympian Felipe Delgado, Evolution Sports Camps provides a countermeasure against sedentary summers. Each week-long session engages groups of 5- to 12-year-olds with a rotating roster of activities, covering team sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball in addition to swimming and archery. Kids also stretch their muscles with field sports—rounds of dodge ball hone throwing and catching skills, and games of capture the flag train generations of future astronauts to one day reclaim the flag the moon stole in 1969.