Swimming in Saint Augustine

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Drawing on four decades of coaching experience, Splash Jax Swim School's owners, Chris Oliver and Nancy Hennessy, help students of all levels improve their speed and agility in the pool. Under the direction of Chris and Nancy, a team of CPR-certified instructors readies students for competitive swimming, whether the goal is to join a swim team or simply to beat an arrogant goldfish in a time trial.

1856 Davidson Street
Jacksonville,
FL
US

The staff at Cave Country Dive Shop is comprised of cave and technical divers who continually add to their combined decades of experience. They bring an abundance of credentials to the metaphorical table, including NACD cave diver certification and training from the U.S. Navy. This unity of experience and training manifests itself as teaching prowess as the team makes use of numerous springs and underwater caves for conducting all levels of PADI & DSAT scuba programs. Classes head out to open waters found at locales such as Santa Fe River or Ginnie Springs to explore crystal-clear springs and sinkholes with 80-100 feet of visibility and approximately 72-degree waters year round. The aquatic experts teach equipment functions and other essential scuba knowhow in one of two onsite classrooms, further prepping students for real diving conditions by being filled with water, oysters, and taffy.

In addition to instruction, Cave County delivers air from high-volume and high-pressure compressors that are routinely monitored and maintained. Equipment upgrades hang from the walls or virtual window displays online.

705 NW Santa Fe Blvd
High Springs,
FL
US

Under the tutelage of certified scuba instructors, pupils at the family-owned Scuba Monkey Dive Center explore underwater worlds during PADI, open-water, nitrox, and advanced courses. The center's regular dive trips gather together trained divers on jaunts to Venice Beach and Troy Springs, where they get up close with aquatic inhabitants and discarded pet rocks. At the shop, divers can stock up on brand-name equipment for sale and rent, refill tanks with nitrox and air, or hand over broken equipment to ace technicians, who swiftly identify and correct any problems.

13570 North West 101 Drive
Alachua,
FL
US

At Daytona Beach Parasail, flightless humans can highlight day trips to Daytona Beach with a parasail adventure. After taking off from the flight deck of a boat piloted by a USCG-licensed captain, customers soar 2,000 feet in the air, which is the perfect height for catching scenic glimpses of the world-famous shoreline. No previous knowledge of parasailing is required. The entire excursion takes about 45 minutes, which includes the boat trip out and back. Single flights last about 8 minutes; customers can team up with Groupon-bearing friends for a tandem flight, which will keep them floating for 14–16 minutes. Pack your camera if you want a friend to snap pictures of your airborne antics. Ferry customers receive free shuttle service to and from the boat.

4936 S Peninsula Dr
Ponce Inlet,
FL
US

The playful steeds with Makin Tracks Trail Rides appear to love swimming just as much as riding. On certain trips, the horses will ford spots along the Oklawaha River, and horses and their riders can swim and splash. This is just one example of the interesting quests the Makin Tracks horses embark on. The company also offers guided trail rides through the woods along the Cross-Florida Greenway trails, horseback rides by moonlight, and overnight camping trips, and sometimes the horses go on the ultimate adventure: getting adopted. Makin Tracks rescues many horses, and while some live there the rest of their lives, charming Makin Trails' owners and customers alike, others are adopted into loving families.

15901 NE 137th Ct.
Fort McCoy,
FL
US

Surrounded by 9,000 acres of conservation land, the Wekiva Falls RV Resort campground immerses visitors in nature while providing access to water-recreation areas and modern creature comforts. Sites for RVs and tents can give owners views of the river, while picnic tables can be kept primitive to facilitate a rough wilderness experience or get decked out with electric and water hookups. The campground also rents canoes and kayaks so visitors can paddle up and down the adjacent Wekiva River taking in the lush shoreline scenery. In a separate swimming area fed by a large sulfur spring, guests splash around a 40-foot waterfall or plunge down dual tube slides, and they can also lounge in a heated outdoor pool in the event of cooler temperatures. Alternative forms of entertainment are also available including a bar that serves beer and wine, crafts sessions, themed parties and dinners, and day trips to local golf courses.

30700 Wekiva River Rd.
Sorrento,
FL
US