Personal Development in Seattle

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Cindy Ross was an unlikely person to found a scuba-diving school. Told by a commercial diving instructor at 19 that she was too small to scuba, Ross didn?t begin to explore the sport until she was in her 30s. Earning certification was a trial, and she spent her first four dives lugging 80-pound gear in the snow up and down a massive hill?and, adding insult to injury, the men?s equipment didn?t even fit properly. But the fifth dive changed everything. Held in Puget Sound, Ross felt a calling to the location's green waters and white anemones, and since then, the aquanaut has frolicked with such neighbors as a 1,200-pound sea lion, hundreds of Canadian seals, and a giant Pacific octopus.

At Scuba Shoppe, Ross and her team of instructors immerse guests of all ages in the sport of scuba. Try Scuba classes held in the center's 84-degree pool familiarize students with their equipment before they plunge into the water to practice. Alternatively, an open-water certification program from Scuba Schools International expounds on these pool sessions with shore dives in the rolling waters of Puget Sound, which let students hone their skills in a more realistic environment or find a dolphin pod to adopt them. As part of this training, they also have the chance to explore the briny depths aboard underwater scooters. For the more advanced,, Scuba Shoppe provides training for specialty certifications, including rescue diving, night diving, and underwater digital photography. An onsite dive shop outfits customers with all the necessary dive gear and accessories.

1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle,
Washington
US

As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school by utilizing a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan skills assessment, which highlights any trouble spots or unflattering stripes and serves as a baseline for future progress.

2232 NW Market St.
Seattle,
WA
US

Founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly, Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg (1916-2002), Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education.

430 Yale Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

Taiji & Qigong are the cutting edge of Mind-Body Fitness. Research proves these ancient & subtle movement arts fill a missing niche as an ideal form of self-care for the pace & stress of modern times. Among classes for Yoga or Pilates, Taiji is a perfect fit for those looking for new ways to stay healthy, flexible & fit.

222 Etruria St
Seattle,
WA
US

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Brands Used: We proudly use recycled and green materials in the classrooms.

Pro Tip: We always want to know your child's unique traits and qualities?such as special dietary, social, and physical needs?so expect a registration form. Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: For grades K?2, it's Beach Party; for grades 3?6, it's Volcano Island.

Recommended Age Group: 5?12

Q&A with Tamara Menteer Gonzalez, Owner And Lead Island Fun-time Hostess.

What is Challenge Island?

Challenge Island is based off the TV show, Survivor?but the good news is, nobody gets kicked off the island. Every island has a different set of challenges. We use recycled and green materials that can be found in most home pantries, so children can challenge themselves (and others) again. The program is designed to introduce intellectual challenges and encourage children to interact with others, rather than taking on each challenge alone. Children start by thinking through the experiment and drawing out plans by brainstorming with their tribes. Then they tackle the challenge once and determine if anything needs to be fixed before trying it again. Sometimes challenges have up to three opportunities for improvement.

This is scientific methodology at its best. The entire program is structured in a manner to address the child's thinking powers and improve social skills, team spirit, and public speaking skills. Many intellectually smart children have unique differences in the social spheres due to how their minds work. Our camp focuses on the child in a holistic fashion. Our teachers also undergo background checks, and campers may request to be placed in the same tribe as their friends.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Children should dress comfortably. Snacks should be sent along for our four-hour camps; otherwise, we will offer popcorn and some vegetables and fruit. Children will be asked to be good team players and social skills are part of the regular curriculum. Just make sure your child is rested, well fed, and does not have a tummy full of sugar, and things will likely go perfectly. However, if a child becomes unruly, parents will be called in to participate with their child until the improper behavior stops.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

I did get training by being a "student" in both Las Vegas and Atlanta. The best parts of the experience were gaining a sense of belonging to a team, thinking confidently about engineering concepts, and having a ton of fun. I laughed and used my brain a lot. Who knew building towers from paper and tape would be so challenging? And studies show that laughter improves learning.

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Seattle,
WA
US

While many people aspire to open their own small, creative business, implementing the dream can be daunting. The founders of School House Craft, as small-business owners themselves, understand this struggle. They developed the conference to arm attendees with business-running skills via a slew of workshops and classes led by owners of local crafty businesses such as Trophy Cupcakes and Schmancy, a toy store filled with quirky, plush playthings.

During their informative sessions, they impart techniques on blogging to reach more consumers, creating budgets, licensing designs, and taking clear, attractive pictures of products for the web, even when the baubles refuse to say “cheese.” They offer advice to entrepreneurs at all points in their business-making journeys. Guiding beginners, they help those who have just come up with an idea lay the foundations for their business, and guide those who have already started making strides—such as running an online shop, participating in craft shows, and selling their wares to shops and art galleries—to hone their brands and expand their production.

4105 NE 120th Street,
Seattle,
Washington
US