To put Aquanautics Dive’s status as a PADI 5-star dive center and instructor training facility in perspective, it helps to remember that there are more than 6,000 PADI facilities across the world. Each one would love to have the organization’s prized 5-star rating for just its dive center or instructor training facility; Aquanautics Dive boasts both. Add in the center’s designation as a DAN and National Geographic dive center, and you begin to understand the scope of experience and training possessed by PADI Course Director Jeff Mills and his staff. On the facility’s extensive class schedule, aspiring open-water divers, rescue divers, and divemasters alike can find a class that suits their needs. In addition to teaching students how to dive safely, Aquanautics Dive’s staff helps further their progress by renting out equipment and organizing charter boat trips to dive sites such as old shipwrecks.
Since hatching their first helicopter in 1985, National Helicopters Inc. has become one of Canada's biggest chopper flight and maintenance organizations. Boasting more than 45,000 hours of incident-free flying, National Helicopters' pilots ensure safe passage to wherever passengers desire, and their photo and aerial tours and helicopter golf trips go off without a hitch due to the pilots' countless hours of practice. For those interested in taking the handles, the company teaches commercial pilot instruction, along with survival training and ground school.
Strapped under 30-foot wings, students at Windsports Soaring Center work with instructors to fly as far as 100 yards on their first day. Windsports Soaring Center also offers comprehensive hang-gliding instruction along the shores of Dockweiler Beach, allowing students to test their solo skills for flights of up to 100 yards—approximately 25 times longer than the Wright brothers' first pet boa constrictor. In addition to helping students trespass on bird territory, Windsports Soaring Center also sells flying equipment and coordinates flight trips for experienced gliders.
Led by professionals in the theater and arts world, Performing Arts Workshops’ programs invite children of all ages to explore the magic allure of the stage. They invite kids to play and learn during the school year with afterschool programs that include not only theater and movement workshops but also karate classes, photography classes, and guitar classes. Over the summer, kids can truly immerse themselves in their chosen specialties with camps such as musical theater, magic, and filmmaking.
Much like jumping out of a sweet 16 birthday cake, earning a drivers license is a right of passage for many teens. The months leading up to the DMV exam are filled with supervised practice and diligent study, something that becomes much easier thanks to OK Driving School. Their online training program meets DMV standards and, through a combination of practice tests and interactive exercises, prepares fledgling drivers for their written exams. The instructors, meanwhile, work with student drivers in-person, taking them out on the rode to practice driving on freeways and residential streets. They also lend their expertise to adults: they help current drivers improve their on-road skills or address traffic tickets.
Led by chiropractor, certified sports physician, and jack-of-all-musculoskeletal-trades Doctor of Chiropractic Ben Drillings, the instructors and staff at a2zHealth Massage Schools train students in the principles and techniques of massage. The school is certified by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and is a member of the California Massage Schools Association, allowing it to produce massage technicians, massage therapists, and holistic bodywork practitioners. The massage-technician course requires 300 hours of specialized study, whereas massage therapists engage in 500 hours and holistic bodywork practitioners complete 1,000 hours to graduate. Students also gain firsthand experience practicing their lessons on the public at a2zHealth Massage Schools’ student Swedish-massage teaching clinic. After their massages, clients assist in the learning process by giving students valuable feedback.