Fifty - Fifty Water Sports saddles up thrill seekers on four-stroke, fuel-injected jet skis and cuts them loose in open water. Fledgling skimmers can accelerate over the calm surfaces of the lake’s many protected coves, while cultivated wake makers can head out to big water, where ample space and larger waves make it easier to increase speeds, execute hairpin turns, and jump over riverboat casinos. Each operator and passenger is outfitted with an included life vest, and Fifty - Fifty’s on-lake support staff stands by in case a renter requires assistance or a fresh coat of suntan lotion.
The instructors at Gracie Barra Lexington have three aims for their students: to help them get in shape, to teach them how to defend themselves, and to bolster the quality of their lives. To this end, they teach Brazilian jiu jitsu to kids and adults. Created by the Gracie family in Brazil in the 20th century, jiu jitsu is one of the world’s most popular forms of grappling and ground fighting, second only to extreme thumb warring. Practitioners young and old have noted that jiu jitsu has improved their self-confidence as well as their self-discipline.
With a passion for the great outdoors, the outfitters at Get Your Gear On provide equipment and instruction for navigating trails and waterways. While leading groups, expert guides glide through scenic locales in search of wildlife views and serene experiences. Their canoe trips drift along the warm urban areas and tree-littered landscapes that run along the Congaree River, and their stand-up-paddleboard rentals allow guests to view the banks of Lake Murray from a perspective previously exclusive to sightseeing mermen. They also offer cycling equipment and maintenance along with hiking gear for dry climates, snowy landscapes, and rooms where the sink has been left on all night.
Goins Dancing's experienced instructor Kathryn Goins coaches children and adults in varied shimmying styles, leading classes in ballet, tap, clogging, jazz, and hip-hop. Sessions for 2- to 5-year-olds are more freeform, whereas school-aged children focus on technique as well as dance as fun self-expression. Adults can hustle in hip-hop seminars that double as cardio workouts, and tap and clogging lessons impart the most proficient methods for disrupting earthworm book clubs. Goins Dancing's small class sizes ensure that students receive individual attention tailored to their needs as they perfect their rug-cutting skills.
Scuba John's Dive Shop owners John Baker, his wife Amanda, father Mendle, and a number of scuba-diving instructors—go out of their way to make customers feel welcome. The staff believes everyone should be able to explore underwater worlds—and that they should stay safe and avoid buying ocean-floor real estate while doing so. To that end, the store is stocked with top-flight dive equipment and accessories by brands such as Hog, Omer, Ocean Rhino, Aeris, and Edge.
All of the classes are led by an instructor and conducted to meet SDI standard. Courses are designed for all levels, from beginner to master diver, instructors, and professionals. In specialty courses, participants learn skills required to become an enriched-air nitrox diver, deep-sea diver, or rescue diver. Students hone their open-water diving and dolphin-language skills in the warm depths of Florida Springs and other sites.
A destination for paint-your-own pottery, The Pitter Platter is a place where visitors are free to express themselves, whether it's decorating a mug or painting a colorful canvas. Welcoming students ages five and up, the studio's shelves are lined with raw ceramic bisques, ranging from plates and bowls to heart-shaped boxes. During the summer, kids can fend off boredom and lingering textbooks during daily art classes that keep children engaged and occupied with a host of art projects.