Paint-laden platoons roam Gorilla Paintball’s two competition fields, splattering their rivals’ backs with safe, multihued acrylic bullets. Strap into included equipment before dashing across the speedball field, ducking, diving, and stopping to read an inspirational excerpt from War and Peace behind the field’s 44 bunkers. Field designers reconfigure obstacles frequently, preventing a creeping sense of familiarity from settling in among veteran players. Each of Gorilla Paintball’s competition arenas fall under the watchful gaze of on-field referees who keep the peace and give postmatch piggyback rides to the winners.
The wind picks up over the St. Johns River, catching the sails of Cap'n Don Stokes's fleet of boats and propelling the vessels along the coastline, where sailing instructors point out ospreys perched in the trees as the sea stretches into the distance.
This natural revelry is thanks to The Sailboat Club, whose crew frees members from the responsibilities of boat ownership—such as maintenance, insurance, and renting slips—and grants unlimited sailing on a fleet of sailboats. Additionally, as an accredited training facility of the American Sailing Association, the club encompasses a team of instructors who teach lessons for all levels of sailors, ranging from those who just noticed wind to experienced sailors seeking a captain's license.
The friendly sub-surface staff and committed conservationists at Scuba Extreme spread their waterlogged gospel of underwater maneuvering through safe and fun diving instruction. In the "Skin Diver" course, budding sea-people will learn the basics of snorkeling and free-diving techniques. Instructors will equip students with a mask, snorkel, and fins, and then lead participants through the basics of submerged breathing and safety. The class lasts between two and three hours, or approximately one year in the life of a fantail guppy.
At Accurate Edge, LLC, state-licensed security guard and NRA senior training counselor Thomas Eichling shares his more than 20 years of training experience, including his expertise as both an NRA Senior Training Counselor and a retired Navy marksmanship specialist. He imparts this wealth of knowledge to students in NRA courses such as the FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation, which can be taken as a standalone class or used to satisfy the training component for a concealed-weapon application. In addition to working with adults, Thomas also works with youths with parental consent. He can also bring the training facility to clients, hitching up to his trailer-mounted live-fire range and driving it around Jacksonville.
The Color and Glow Run could just as easily be called the Color and Glow Walk, or the Color and Glow Dance. It’s not important how fast racers finish the 5K course, what’s important is what those runners wear. As long as they sport a white T-shirt, they can enjoy a colorful or glow-in-the-dark makeover at the hands of the race’s volunteer crew.
At Skate Station Funworks, joyful chatter emanates from a bevy of attractions that equip players with go-karts, golf clubs, or roller skates. The 800-foot-long go-kart track stretches beneath 22 gas-powered carts that zoom around the turns in blurs of neon color, and the Swamp Golf mini-golf course lets club swingers romp through pirate-themed marshy scenery and greens without the hassle of timeshare-selling parrots. Arcade-goers shoot hoops or man the wheel at racing consoles as skaters glide over the surface of a wood-floored rink with the grace of a tutu-clad hovercraft. Elsewhere, mountaineers attempt to conquer the heights of a rock wall in three consecutive tries, and six fully automated batting cages pitch baseballs and softballs at three speed levels. A three-level play zone delights sprouts ages 10 and younger, and laser-tag opponents take a break from playfully zapping each other to visit Wally’s Café to refuel.
At The Little Gym, Kids Soar! For over 30 years, our professionally developed, non-competitive programs have been building motor skills in a fun and nurturing environment while fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. The Little Gym® helps kids build confidence - enhancing every aspect of their lives