Insider tips on tidal patterns and secret surf spots, borne of a lifetime in local waters, are part of the intangible edge offered by Singer Island Surf Camp Inc., in operation for the past 15 years and run by a born-and-raised native of Palm Beach. As a Palm Beach County native, camp founder and owner Paige Parker doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t closely tied to the water. When she and her neighborhood pals were kids, she recalls, “The ocean was our playground and our babysitter.” And though it's probably true that anyone with a lifeguard certification could lead snorkeling tours and sportfishing charters, Parker knows that her inborn understanding of the local tidal patterns makes a difference.
A staff of surf-seasoned EMTs and firefighters who are also certified in ocean rescue, lifeguard, CPR, and first aid help Parker lead private and group surfing lessons for all ages and experience levels as well as provide paddleboarding and kayaking instruction. And when school’s out, kids aged 6–16 years old can dive into summer camps and surf along Singer Island's reef-and-sandbar system or paddleboard to Peanut Island. A full rental shop, meanwhile, fills out its stock of standard surf gear with standup paddleboards, kayaks, water trampolines, and inflatable water wheels.
All of the instructors at Legacy Mixed Martial Arts do indeed take on a legacy. They are taught by founder Sensei Cameron to preserve his style of training, passing it on to their students in an undiluted form—a practice that is less possible at chain martial-arts schools.
This method ensures a high level of training, regardless of the martial-arts style. Kids' karate classes, for example, mix the strikes of tae kwon do with kickboxing and submission grappling, and MMA sessions for adults include full-contact drills that incorporate muay thai and jujitsu techniques. Instructors also lead aikido and fitness-kickboxing lessons. Though the techniques of each class differ, the coaches strive to carry over core values such as respect and self-discipline.
At The Plaza Ballroom, owner Ann Groves and her troupe of instructors teach classic ballroom dances such as the tango and fox trot. Their studio hosts classes throughout the week, including ones geared toward beginners. To complement the lessons, dancers can attend The Plaza's Saturday night dance parties or one of its special events, such as a kids' dance camp that is set in the woods where the macarena was invented.
The tenants who occupy the 12-stall barn at Equestrian's First Place are being conditioned for a variety of specialties. Among them are fast-galloping barrel horses with names such as Pleasure and Mystery, as well as steeds, including Sonyadore, who has been trained for Western-style trotting and English-style reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Under the direction of stable whiz Sarah Brown, this Royal Palm Beach horse hamlet introduces newcomers to the saddle and helps longtime owners overcome training challenges. Each of the stable’s certified trainers possesses an attentiveness to horse psychology and to the nuances of horse-human interaction. Using that expert knowledge, they create cues that owners can use at home to turn their rambunctious ponies into appropriately calm carousel employees. They welcome all levels of riders for beginners’ lessons and for tune-up training.:m]]
Step N Dance founder Tony Duarte began dancing as a child in Nicaragua. Soon after moving to Miami at age 16, he developed an interest in styles ranging from the waltz to the hustle. With the new discovery of so many new steps came a passionate love of one particular style, however, and Duarte soon mastered the art of salsa. Over his career, Duarte’s skills have been seen on PBS, Univision, and every time he crosses the street. Classes at his own studio lean strongly towards salsa and other Latin styles, each enlivened with a smattering of jazz, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban influences.
The Scuba Club's expert instructors and divemasters charter breathtaking and breath-preserving underwater adventures in the beautiful tropical waters of the Treasure Coast. Like an invitation to an Aquaman’s garden party, each boat-dive scuba trip requires patrons to bring only a swimsuit and valid scuba certification, with all other necessary accouterments and amenities, including computerized regulators, showers, and changing rooms, provided by the company’s undersea quartermasters. Before each dive, trusty guides shepherd guests through the warm, blue waters of the Gulf Stream aboard a US Coast Guard–approved vessel with a full complement of safety equipment. Once in the water, divers witness the wonders of local undersea flora and fauna, engaging in visual interaction with turtles, moray eels, amberjacks, angelfish, and abandoned Atlantean garage sales.