Using a curriculum based on the standards of the American Sailing Association, The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship's staff show aspiring aquanauts how to maneuver vessels at sea. Their lessons often integrate textbooks and hands-on training, such as DVDs and the personal blogs of kelp. The seven ongoing courses typically span two to four days, covering subjects such as coastal cruising and celestial navigation and allowing students to earn certification from the American Sailing Association. In addition to conventional class structures, the school organizes lesson-cruise packages and full-day introductory programs. The staff teaches on American-made yachts appointed with refrigeration, an equipped galley, and climate control.
Compass Pointe Golf Courses—voted Baltimore's best public course in 2008 by Baltimore magazine—and Eisenhower Golf Course challenge golfers to put their games to the test. At Compass Pointe, club wielders can athletically traipse or drive across one of two 18-hole courses, where 800 acres of Maryland woodland scenically backdrop time-honored struggles for par. At Eisenhower, cup seekers can negotiate numerous creeks, swales, and federal highways over 18 beautifully manicured holes, pausing only to admire the forest landscape and repeat the word "bogey" until it loses all meaning.
Shooters LLC's owner, Calvin Reid, believes that well-rounded students are the result of great instructors. It's with this mindset that he obtained eight teaching certifications from the NRA, including those for the use of pistols, rifles, and shotguns, as well as personal protection inside and outside the home. His expertise is so extensive that he even schools professionals in DC special police-officer firearms-training programs. For civilians, he and his staff run both classroom-based courses?including those that qualify students to apply for a concealed-handgun license?and private sessions at clients' homes.
Though the smell of burnt rubber is noticeably absent at Phase II Slot Car Racing, the competition is still fierce. Hot rods in a variety of makes and models race around the slotted track, steered by nearby drivers holding controls. The winding course holds up to six cars per race, letting groups of friends or families get in on the fun during parties, tournaments, or walk-in hours.
Under the steady hand of Coast Guard-licensed captain Larry Vazzano, the Wharf Rat slices through the blue waters of Chesapeake Bay. The intimate vessel's sails harness the breeze, turning this way and that above the heads of passengers to find the best angle to the wind. Its decks bustle with activity of guests helping prepare sails or taking the helm as well as relaxed onlookers enjoying the unique view. Meanwhile, viewed from the cockpit dining table, the sun reaches its zenith and glitters off the peaks of waves, or dips slowly behind the forested shoreline, dyeing the whole world in orange, red, and purple.
Captain Larry loves this experience––the Atlantic Sailing Experience, as he calls it––so much that he's shared it with over 600 guests. In addition to his nautical know-how, he shows off his prowess at the grill for brunch and dinner, churning out tasty barbecue and vegetable sides from his own garden. Of course, he doesn't just sail and eat. He also charters his ship for exciting sailboat races and the occasional voyage to the end of the Earth.
Pasadena Golf Center lets visitors create the satisfying thwack of a club hitting a golf ball in one of two locations. They can make out the sound on the 18-hole mini-golf course—where ears will also pick up the sound of trickling waterfalls and the gurgling of landscaped streams and ponds—or at the driving range. Golfers can manipulate a variety of clubs there since targets are set up at different lengths, and 20 of the range’s 34 hitting stations are covered to provide shade during warm months and heat during cold ones. In addition, a full setup of lights let them swing away into the evening or when Apollo's chariot of fire is in the shop. To assist in swing mechanics and proper alignment, the center organizes lessons led by Golf Academy of America–certified instructor, Brett Francisco.
Pasadena Golf Center is also equipped with a nine-station batting cage that challenges visitors with baseball pitches of varying speeds as well as slow- and fast-pitch softball. A 1,600-square-foot patio nearby can facilitate birthday parties or other special events.