Boating across open water is exhilarating, but boat ownership and maintenance can be tiresome. Members of Freedom Boat Club, however, can experience all the fun of boating with none of the headaches. They get access to more than 800 water vessels at 80 seashores and lakeshores across the nation, from which they can cast off without worrying about chores such as refueling or spraying the deck with pirate repellent. Even first-time boaters can take to the water with confidence, thanks to on-the-water training from seasoned mariners.
Jungle Club is about more than sweating like you?re in the middle of a tropical jungle. It combines physical activity and fun into one sports complex. Spend a day in the sun with a game of tennis followed by an afternoon swimming laps in the 25-meter pool. Indoors, a full gym includes resistance training, cardio equipment, and a gravity studio, which strengthens bodies using the force of their own weight. And for those who do like to sweat, Jungle Club offers a large selection of weekly fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, tai chi, and spinning. Jungle Club also goes the extra mile with a wellness center, which offers physical therapy, massage therapy, facials, and personal training.
Anchored alongside County Road 510 just 2 miles from the beach, Liquid Addiction Dive & Surf helps water enthusiasts get their under-sea fix. The family-owned shop stocks equipment from some of the industry's top manufacturers, including Oceanic and Cressi, and repairs visitors' existing gear. It also supplies visitors with scuba instruction and essential diving accessories, such as air for tanks.
When Christina Theiss, owner of Swim with Gills, was asked by a reporter from WFLX to describe the feeling of teaching a child to swim, she responded: “It’s a magical moment. I feel like I’ve saved a life.” Since she started a traveling swim school, her feeling of accomplishment has become infectious, spreading to her fleet of swim instructors and to her husband, the second half of the Swim with Gills team. Rather than forcing their pupils to swim, they focus on building a trusting relationship with each child. This method increases students' comfort level, allowing them to gradually submerge themselves in water and achieve the complexities of mermaid sign language.
A full-service dive shop captained by professional ocean-delvers, Sea Level Scuba offers a spectrum of scuba classes aimed at every experience level. The Discover Scuba Diving course is an introductory class for subaquatic rookies, set in the shallow water of an indoor pool for a stress-free primer in underwater respiration. PADI-certified divemasters and instructors outfit students with all the necessary equipment, familiarizing landlocked limbs and torsos with the feel of scuba gear both in and out of the water. Apprentices practice breathing below the surface at whatever pace is most comfortable, progressing beyond the fundamentals of inhalation and exhalation to advanced sighs and indignant gasps, ideal for last-minute objections to mermaid weddings.