With experienced instructors and its five-star PADI status, Underwater Phantaseas can turn nearly any student into a certified scuba diver. Whether swimmers are dipping a toe into their very first lesson or sharpening their skills in specialty classes, they learn under the seasoned tutelage of instructors who have explored waters throughout the world. An onsite pool filled with warm saltwater re-creates the feel of the ocean without its chilly temperatures or roving schools of Disney illustrators, and trips to area waterways, neighboring states, and tropic destinations such as Fiji and the Cayman Islands acquaint patrons with the challenges of real-world scuba diving. The fully stocked gear shop lavishes visitors with the equipment they need for dives to the bottom of local pools and faraway seas alike.
After losing a family member in 2003, Terri Mairley, Udaya Yoga's owner, turned to the art of yoga. She soon discovered a new life purpose. Seeing first-hand both the physical and emotional benefits that yoga could bring to one's life, Terri decided to open up her own studio in 2007. Since then, Udaya Yoga's schedule has grown to include more than 20 weekly sessions. Classes such as Udaya Flow, which focuses on the connection between movement and breathing, are accessible for beginning yogis. In contrast, Power Yoga involves more challenging sequences that are best suited for Gumby and also students with foundational skills.
Having multiple firearm bays means BluCore's instructors?who have backgrounds in law enforcement, special ops, and competitive shooting?can dedicate one bay to training while keeping the other open for public shooting or special events such as ladies' night. A variety of combat-proven training classes cover topics for students of all abilities, from the NRA Basic Pistol Class to women-only classes. BluCore's facilities also offer a retail store, where the staff helps customers choose firearms and accessories from manufacturers such as Glock and Sig Sauer.
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.
Focused on community-building and self-expression, Working With Artists bestows dedicated, skilled photographic instruction upon fledgling shutterbugs during digital-photography workshops, instilling pertinent picture-taking knowledge alongside burgeoning technological prowess. Classes of 50 or fewer students learn the ins and outs of their digital portrait boxes, learning how to zoom with aplomb and adjust settings to create flattering outdoor photos or achieve a spooky flashlight-held-under-the-chin effect. Tote along your own camera for in-depth tutorials on camera function while developing practical skills and increasing creativity during the six-hour session, taking a quick break to eat a snack or build a tripod out of snack wrappers.