Before Kim Latford held a master's degree or yoga-teacher certifications in the Hatha, restorative, and Ashtanga traditions, she was holding various yoga poses alongside her mother, who introduced her to the practice when Kim was just in grade school. Most of her near-decade-long teaching career has been spent in Volusia County, where she relishes helping practitioners of all abilities, especially beginners, to find their footing on the mat. Her dedication to yoga extends into a 200-hour teacher-training program she leads for aspiring instructors. This ardor for the art also keeps her awake into the wee hours as she reads about yoga's healing benefits and learns Sanskrit. In the event that students pull off the miraculous feat of running out of yoga topics in which Kim is fluent, they can ask her about her time studying world literature at UCLA or the MBA she earned at an aeronautical university—the inverse of learning how to fly a spaceship at business school
For more than 25 years, the technicians at Fletcher’s Seaside Automotive have kept Ormond Beach cars, trucks, and motorcycles happily cruising. The team uses computer diagnostics to sleuth out problems, such as fuel-system inefficiencies or horsepower that's threatening to gallop away, and can repair batteries, electrical and air-conditioning systems, and tires. Motorcycles can swing into the garage for custom pipes and quick repairs by a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic.
With two locations, Atlantic Animal Hospitals doesn't take time off from ensuring the health of cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Their veterinarians and assistants work seven days a week, administering all sorts of care: general exams, dermatology, dentistry, surgery, and other services. They can also board pets that need a vacation.
It would be hard for Ormond Beach Kayak Center to have a better location. To its east stretches the great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and to its west lies the Tomoka River. Trees overhang the river's waters, and the marsh offers opportunities to spy birds, deer, deer dressed like giant birds, and other wildlife. Ormond Beach Kayak Center makes use of its scenery with fishing, surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. The team leads tours and lessons, and they also ferry rental gear to and from the ocean or river.
For those looking for a unique watersport experience, kiteboarding combines surfing, wakeboarding, and gliding in one action-packed experience. North Florida Kiteboarding's lessons begin on the beach, where instructors will work through a dry-run of paddling, standing, falling, and maneuvering to equip patrons for the steady sloshing of waves. Patrons also practice essential skills, cresting waves with the help of a kite’s gentle tug or the daily tides. Instructors critique form during in-water sessions, sharing tips on how to handle the waves’ unexpected changes and how to properly relaunch after falling. Lessons include complimentary refreshments and sunscreen, ensuring patrons safely enjoy their fun in the sun without wearing wetsuits filled with layers of concentrated ozone. In addition to kiteboarding classes and rental services, North Florida Kiteboarding offers surfing lessons, sells landboards and water-wear gear, and coordinates summer surf camps.
On father-son fishing trips, Bart Swab’s dad taught him not only how to cast his line but also how to treat the aquatic ecosystem surrounding him with respect. Now a licensed and insured guide, Swab helps other fisherman appreciate the open water’s beauty, helming kayak trips through Florida’s pristine saltwater marshes. After arming prospective kayakers with safety tips and familiarizing them with their fishing equipment, Swab guides lead paddlers into the water. They maintain a 3-inch draft that allows students in kayaks to sneak up on fish without having to glue sequins to their skin to look like scales. Kayakers can also gaze through binoculars at the diverse fauna roaming the area’s shores. Trips range from a half day to a full day, and for a more structured route, participants can opt for destination trips to seasonal hot spots, where they can search out fish such as black drum, sheepshead, and tarpon.