The PADI-certified dive masters at ScubaMarket USA help burgeoning sea explorers to prepare for their first real ocean dive during two-hour sessions in a safe, heated pool. After elucidating safety fundamentals, equipment usage, and basic procedures, instructors guide pupils into the pool so they can exercise newly gleaned skills. Strapped into provided scuba gear and under the watchful eyes of professionals, participants hone breathing techniques and learn to navigate watery depths as fastidiously as a submarine full of mermen. Students only need to bring their own swimsuits and towels
With its elevated greens and crisp ocean breezes, Selva Marina Country Club's challenging par-72 course has entertained day-clubbers of all levels for more than 50 years, including Jack Nicklaus in 1966, who recorded a double-eagle on the 18th hole. Revel in the Country Club's private, unpretentious, and scenic environment, where golfers can easily drive, pitch, and putt on the spacious practice area just blocks away from the shoreline. Spare the expense of hoverboard or Icarus wings rentals and rove Selva's open fairways in the provided golf cart, allowing linksmen to explore the winding pathways or stop for a tan in the local sand traps. Whatever your ability level or past experience with the sport of golf, the Selva Marina course is amply suited to beginners and putting veterans alike.
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.
With two huge pools, a swim shop, and a designated birthday-party area, Chatham County Aquatic Center helps fledgling swimmers flutter-kick toward fitness and fun. During Starfish Swim School classes, seasoned instructors teach kids and adults how to navigate the water as confidently as a starfish suctioned to a smartphone. Preschoolers splash through a warm 25-yard rec pool during 30-minute SeaSprites classes that cover the five core swimming competencies. Alternatively, swimmers aged 9 and older learn at their own pace in SwimStars classes, which impart basic skills, such as treading water, and essential strokes, such as the front crawl. And rather than riding dolphins through the 50-meter lap pool, students of all ages hone butterfly strokes and backstrokes during 45-minute StrokeStars classes.
The knowledgeable crew at Sky Pirate Parasail and Watersports facilitates rare aerial and aquatic experiences on Hilton Head Island with a collection of parasailing adventures, water-sports charters, leisurely cruises, and boat rentals. During each parasailing trip, a captain with more than 10 years of experience safely hoists guests up to 500 feet in the air from the deck of a USCG-Certified, 12-passenger boat. They also offer tandem and triple rides, allowing groups to share views of egrets, herons, and lethargic supermen flying nearby. The staff helms leisurely cruises of Broad Creek and Calibogue Sound, and their dolphin ecology tours follow the graceful adventures of nature's synchronized swim team. Guests can schedule a water-sports charter to enjoy several hours of tubing and water-skiing, and they may also rent 16- to 25-foot boats for personal adventures.
Located just two miles from downtown St. Augustine, inside Anastasia State Park, Anastasia Watersports dispatches its nature-loving customers to the waters of a picturesque, three-mile tidal lagoon. Protected from the ocean by a line of sand dunes, the area, referred to as the Salt Run, offers gentle waves upon which patrons can hone their navigation skills in rented canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. Alternatively, they can ride the area’s stiff sea breeze during windsurfing lessons provided by the shop’s qualified staffers. The waters brim with trout and flounder that fisherman can hook from their vessels, and birdwatchers can glimpse the marsh’s osprey, egrets, and herons as they soar skyward to nurture egg-shaped clouds.