A team of experienced and certified diving instructors roams the mask- and air-tank-lined halls of Innerspace Watersports, inviting initiates to dive in with introductory and certification-level scuba lessons. After confirming class times on the phone, first-timers in the Intro to Scuba lesson cover the basics in abstract in 30 terrestrial minutes, and get their fin-coated toes wet during 30 minutes of real-water experience in the pool, located in Coldstream. The open-water certification course lets beginning scuba savants expand their diving adventures beyond occasional dunks in the fish tank, culminating in certification that allows for dives up to 40 feet deep. Under the supervision of Innerspace owner Chad Edwards, two aquanauts delve through a progression of online or in-person academics, pool training, and four open water sessions. Though there is no limit on the number of students in a classroom session, only eight are allowed in the pool at a time, and additional sessions may be available as need requires.
Wind rushes across wings. Hills and valleys roll by thousands of feet below. The clouds seem close enough to touch. But these wings don’t belong to a bird—instead, they’re attached to a motorized tandem glider from Raven Aviation, whose ground-level headquarters nestles in the valley below. Located inside Freedom Flight Park—a preserve established expressly for hang-gliding in 1976—Raven Aviation offers instruction and equipment to those who wish to take to the skies as the birds do, either in hang-gliders or motorized ultralight aircraft. Patrons can cruise the clouds in tandem flights piloted by experienced staff or take a beginner’s hang-gliding lesson to launch themselves solo off a training hill or the back of a friendly dragon.
At Freedom Flight School, pilots offer their passengers myriad ways to obtain a bird's-eye view. On the one hand, there's unpowered flight—or "free flight"—which includes hang gliding and paragliding after launch. On the other, powered trikes and ultralights easily and quickly ferry passengers to their destinations, offering the same sweeping views as free flight.
• For $20, you get a seat in sections J or K (a $40 value, including ticket fee and HST). • For $22, you get a seat in sections L, M, N, E, F, or G (a $45 value, including ticket fee and HST). • For $40, you get a ticket to the VIP section, row four (an $80 value, including ticket fee and HST). • For $50, you get a ticket to the VIP section, row three (a $100 value, including ticket fee and HST). • For $75, you get a ticket to the VIP section, row two (a $150 value, including ticket fee and HST).
Kees Tae Kwon Do's stylized logo, depicting a man driving his leg through a circle, is actually based on a photograph of Grandmaster Kee Ha performing a flying split kick. The graceful move—which as a logo represents the drive to aim for goals beyond immediate objectives—exemplifies the philosophies and techniques that Ha and his masters and instructors teach to students in a range of tae kwon do classes for children and adults. Teachers guide students through the mentally and physically demanding journey from white to black belt, introducing skills that discipline their bodies and prepare them to fend off assailants or demolish their front doors if they forget the keys. They also instruct students in other martial-arts styles, such as kick-boxing.
Atlantis Waterslides sits facing a sparkling lake and mountainous horizon on a hilltop hugged by 10 water slides. These heated waterways, which are tested regularly for safety, water quality, and misplaced rubber duckies, accommodate sliders of all ages and adrenalin levels. Slides include the popular River Riot tube slide, log flumes, and shorter kiddie slides. Lifeguards certified by the National Lifeguard Service preside over all slides and are ready to hop into action should someone need help. After aquatic fun, guests can play on a nine-hole mini-golf course, step inside the arcade, or visit the trampoline-bungee-jumping area to dry their hair without a blow-dryer.