Sky High Parasailing’s father-son team of Randy and RJ Stanfa introduces landlocked legs to the freedom of air travel with 15-minute parasailing adventures along the coastline and above the cerulean waters of Pompano Beach. After double-checking customers' harnesses, chutes, cables, and favorite Doctor Who episodes, Captain RJ pilots his custom-designed Nordic watercraft into open water. The boat’s 350-horsepower MerCruiser motor gently transitions parasailers from seafarers to stewards of the sky, flying at the highest legal height over Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse and Pompano Pier. While human kites soar high above the boat, a photographer captures two memorable snapshots and saves them on a CD so visitors can later upload them on Facebook or print out copies to hand to doppelgangers. Rides conclude with a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean and a winch-assisted return to the boat’s deck for a soft landing.
It's another world underwater, populated with life almost alien. Making the exploration of that world accessible is why the founders of Scuba Network opened seven instructional scuba centers throughout New Jersey, New York, and southeast Florida. At all of the locations, certified divers lead Discover Scuba classes that allow first-timers to slip into scuba gear and see what it's like to breathe underwater and sprout their first gills. For those left entranced by the experience, Scuba Network offers an Open Water Scuba Certification course, during which learn a variety of scuba techniques in a pool before embarking on open dives. Scuba Network also sells all the necessary equipment from brands such as Mares and Aeris, and also organize dive travel packages to exotic locales such as the Galapagos and the Mayan Riviera in Cozumel, Mexico.
The flagship Bolo Intoxication vessel has been charting the warm Gulfstream waters since 1980, forming the teak-and-mahogany cornerstone of the entire FishBolo fleet. These up-to-date chartered boats carry groups out to the open water for everything from sport fishing to night swordfishing to champagne cruises. Licensed and experienced captains lead the fishing excursions, which explore the warm waters year-round in pursuit of mahi-mahi, king mackerel, tuna, snapper, and even blue marlin. These trips make it easy for novice anglers by providing licenses, tackle, and bait and outfitting their boats with fish magnets.
Equipment: MMA, UFC
Students should bring: Bottle of water, gloves, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Frothy seawater jumps skyward as the churn of high-powered, 110-horsepower jet skis launches the droplets from behind their watery tails. Among the many sea-gliding offerings of American Watersports, the company's fleet of speedy jet skis juxtaposes to its man-powered offerings of single or double kayaks and upright paddleboards that calmly cut through waves and wakes or assist in minnow herding along the coast. Groups can man 13- and 16-foot sailboats that await gentle offshore winds to start their journeys, or take in the ocean from a sandy perch with a day rental of beach furniture. The Pompano Beach area reveals its natural beauty on guided tours of the area via jet ski or paddleboat, wherein visitors take in local gems such as the Hillsboro Lighthouse or the area's exclusive hermit-crab resorts.
The blue flicker from 60 TVs illuminates dark wood and exposed brick walls, where 18 HDTVs line up in single file. Here at All Stars Sports Bar & Grill, sports fans catch every play, every winning shot, and every victory dance. The multitude of TVs means guests have optimal views as they dig into classic pub eats from dark-red booths. Grillmasters crown fresh certified Angus-beef burgers with a variety of cheeses and condiments, coat wings in nine zesty sauces, and load kaiser rolls with everything from slow-smoked pork to blackened philly chicken. Serenaded by live DJs, the kitchen churns out its hearty grub until 4 a.m. to satisfy the late-night burger cravings of somnambulists.