For many, the depths of the world's oceans and lakes are places so unfamiliar they might as well be on another planet. For the team of experienced, thrill-seeking instructors at Adventure Scuba, however, they're just another place to explore. With one of these coaches for each three to four students on a pool dive, the PADI Five-Star IDC center leads any student aged 10 years and older into the underwater world through various classes focused on
hands-on instruction. A PADI open-water certification course uses the controlled environment of the
center's 90 degree pool to introduce basic equipment use and techniques, giving students the skills necessary to continue their training in local waters or
recreate Jacques Cousteau's bachelor party.
In the warmer months, the center also offers a range of specialty dive certifications, such as advanced and rescue diving; it also hosts year-round classroom courses in Enriched Air Diving, CPR and first aid. Though Adventure Scuba provides much of its training equipment to students at no additional cost, its dive shop sells essential diving gear by manufacturers such as Oceanic, Henderson and ScubaPro.
At Pisces School of Dive, most learning takes place outside the classroom. Sure, students learn rules and safety tips inside the PADI-rated five-star training facility, but they get to test their skills in the center’s pool and in Canandaigua Lake, where a 28-foot Harris boat shuttles them to dive sites far from shore. Over more than 35 years in business, the school’s staff has developed classes that train both aspiring divers and those who want to test the waters before fully committing to a certification course. They also offer an online PADI-certification course, though participants will have to perform the open-water dives in person or send their avatar to a virtual ocean before gaining full accreditation.
Mask? Check. Flippers? Check. Tank? Check. Scuba New York gives you all the skills and supplies you need to dive in open water. Classes start at the most basic level in the facility's indoor saltwater pool and progress through such advanced techniques as rescue diving and ice diving.
Certified staff members teach everyone from underwater novices to expert divers in 24 different classes at National Aquatic Service (NAS). During your three-hour introductory snorkeling class, NAS instructors will impart basic hydro-skills, including breath-hold diving and surface snorkeling, in its controlled pool setting. Develop the abilities to safely navigate underwater environments and to mingle with eel, coral reefs, and Dutch-speaking tour guides. Snorkeling equipment will be provided to students. Water-plunging students will feel safe and secure with their NAS instructor, as the service has taught more than 33,000 students to scuba dive without suffering a single accident.
The team of trainers and athletes at CrossFit ?VITAS work closely with groups of exercisers, running them through the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The constant rotation of fitness regimens ensures that muscles never get so good at one particular movement that they stop developing. The intense workouts blend cardio and plyometrics to build healthy hearts and layers of lean muscle.
Even in the chilliest days of winter, the pool inside Webster Aquatic Center remains a pleasant 81-82 degrees. Since its grand opening in 2002,
the center?which is owned and managed by the Webster Central School District?has provided the community with a destination for aquatic recreation, instruction, and competition throughout the school year.
Inside the spacious building, the Olympic-sized pool hosts swimming and scuba lessons, water polo matches, and more. A total of 10,000 square feet of deck space surrounds the water, and an ample amount of balcony seating allows guests to watch the activities or continue their ill-conceived vigil for the Loch Ness Monster. Actual pool aside, Webster Aquatic Center boasts features including a high-tech timing system, diving boards, and short- and long-course lap lanes.