The encouraging coaches at SwimAmerica teach swimming skills that build confidence and coordination in kids. The CPR- and first-aid-certified aquatic instructors acquaint wee ones with splashing during parent-child classes, begin building technique in elementary-school-age classes, and welcome older pupils to join them for adult classes, including water aerobics, an arthritis aquatics program, and underwater poker.
Cliff Drysdale, a 45-time Davis Cup veteran, is more than a familiar face in professional tennis?he's one of its signature voices as well, having spent more than 30 years commentating matches on ESPN. Students of his coaching system get to tap into that deep well of experience at In-Shape Sport clubs all across California. At each location, experienced tennis pros lead four-week clinics that cover the fundamentals of the sport, organize competitive leagues for more advanced players, and tailor lessons to teens. Additionally, tennis socials help guests practice the sport as they meet fellow players and use particularly ferocious serves to deliver their phone number to an opponent.
Though guests to Island Waterpark might meet humans on their way to the water, they might also encounter Pelican Pete?a giant blue pelican in a floral-print shirt and bermuda shorts. He and an athletic lifeguard staff oversee guests as they wander among fountains and roaring water in attractions designed for everyone from toddlers to adults. Bright-blue tube slides spiral down into splash pools, a giant bucket tips gallons of water onto passersby, and a three-story open slide sends riders on a straight shot into a landing zone that pads their descent with a foot of water and a coral reef packaged in bubble wrap. Aquatic revelers can also float down an endless lazy river and children can frolic under arching fountains and waterfalls in the kids key largo lagoon.
Under one roof, Sunnyside has all the tools its members need to get fit and enjoy themselves in the process. Group fitness classes give participants a way to try a variety of workout styles, and personal trainers are on hand to help members maximize their time, whether they're running on a treadmill or using it as a napping bench. The cardio theater supplies a variety of sweat-inducing options, and saunas provide a place to recuperate and let your muscles cry after a good workout.
The Try Scuba lesson, aimed at newcomers to diving, begins with classroom instruction on scuba diving and the science behind it, followed by ample time in the meticulously maintained on-site, heated pool. Participants will learn several skills taught in a full-certification program, including how to breathe underwater, how to clear a scuba regulator, and how to use diving equipment. Throughout the experience, you and your aqualungs will be under the close supervision of veteran instructors, all of whom are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and/or have met all requirements of the Recreational Scuba Training Council under Scuba Schools International. As you float weightlessly through the water, take a moment to focus on the surrounding silence, the cascading light shining down, and the calming exchange between you and your lovingly pressurized oxygen tank.
Since its founding in 1935, Mono Hot Springs Resort has housed the healing secrets of the mineral springs within its mountain-lined perimeter. After bunking in simple stone cabins complete with cozy fireplaces or staking out spots for tents perched atop wooden platforms, visitors can decamp to the onsite health spa, where massage therapists knead out kinks, and hot springs soothe aches with natural minerals.
A slew of outdoor activities feeds addictions to fresh air, challenging muscles to hikes along woodsy trails leading to the teetering boulder of Balancing Rock or gushing waters of Bear Diversion Dam. The waves of Doris Lake lap at a more leisurely pace, heated by the warm springs from which they spill and invite swimmers to take a dip. Lakes also host fishing and boating, and a nearby stable saddles up steeds for horseback riding. After finishing outdoor excursions or therapeutic soaks, guests can hunt for meal components in the general store or feast on buffalo ribs and mountain views on the restaurant's covered deck.