Imagine a tropical beach plopped down in the middle of Muskogee, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect at River Country Family Water Park. The azure waters of the Caribbean come to Oklahoma at this wet and wild adventure park, where guests can zip down twisting water slides or lounge in the gentle currents of a lazy river. There's plenty of sand to go with that water, too; kids can play on the tugboat beach while adults square off in games of volleyball or feast on sand-dipped nachos with that perfect crunch.
The Swim School of Joplin provides certification-level scuba lessons, diving vacations, and rental gear to help students to gain their underwater legs. Originally founded in Memphis in 1961, The Swim School of Joplin has since expanded aquatic operations to four states in the South and Midwest and runs scuba programs at both the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis. Instructional programs include everything from introductory swimming and snorkeling lessons to specialty courses in night diving, search-and-rescue diving, and diving while learning to play the guitar.
One hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water courses through the attractions at Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark. This water powers two three-story waterslides, one of which hurtles riders from 30 feet high to the splash pool down below. On the calmer side, guests can kick back for a ride on the lazy river, while tots splash around in the kiddie pool, replete with themed kiddie slides, waterfalls, rain shower, and a 500-gallon tipping bucket. Although all of this is indoors, safe from inclement weather, when it's warm out, families can venture outdoors to another activity pool, kiddie pool with a 500 gallon tipping bucket and rain tree, as well as relax on a multi-level sun deck.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
From beginners to triathletes, YWCA Tulsa provides myriad fitness amenities to men and women alike. Members enjoy unlimited visits to a diverse menu of fitness classes, including yoga, barre, Zumba, and Pilates. Friendly instructors also take their jobs to the water, as students wade through free aquatics class in a junior Olympic-sized pool. After fitness sessions that include access to fully-equipped cardio and weight rooms, visitors can freshen up in clean and expansive locker rooms. For an additional fee, members can also enjoy CrossFit classes or indulge in an on-site massage. Not to forget the young ones, youth swim lessons, swim teams, and free on-site child care are also available.
In a twist of irony, Big Splash Water Park was nearly destroyed in a flood. That was in 1984, the first year the park was open. But the owners didn't want a watery grave to be the new park's fate. So they rebuilt it, and in the more than 30 years since, it has grown to far exceed the original in both size and scope.
Originally equipped with just a kiddie pool, the park now sprawls in every direction with colorful flumes, umbrella-shaded walkways, and a bevy of thrilling rides. For example, the famous Master Blaster tube-coaster shoots raft-riders through a course of gravity-defying twists and turns, and the towering Silver Bullet slide sends guests down a breathtaking 72-foot plummet. And after all the excitement, the Lazy River invites visitors to take it easy with a relaxing float free of kings hollering, "Get out of my moat!"