Aquatic Adventures of Michigan is the joint venture of independent dive instructors Kim D. Parker and Tom Rhoad, who, after years of working with other dive shops, yearned for a place where they could stretch their fins, teach scuba their own way, and bellow sea shanties as loudly as they liked. Today, their PADI Five Star IDC facility is fast approaching its 10-year anniversary, and has grown beyond basic PADI training programs to incorporate everything from underwater digital photography to lessons in deep diving, wreck diving, and night diving. The shop's instructors are fully certified in first aid and emergency oxygen use, and provide factory-authorized service to big-name companies such as Poseidon, Genesis Scuba, and Dive Rite.
On top of offering certified instruction in everything from open-water diving to sea-serpent domestication, the crew supplies fellow divers with quality scuba, snorkeling, and swimming equipment. They also plan exotic expeditions to the Caribbean and tropical Pacific for warm-water dives, and divers looking to stick closer to home can inquire about day trips or weekend getaways to locales such as the Great Lakes or Whitefish Point.
As one of Michigan's largest and oldest brokerage firms, Real Estate One shares nearly a century's worth of knowledge during its educational buffet of training courses. The firm's academy invites aspiring and established sales agents to sharpen their skills at classes held around the state, including a Michigan real estate licensing class for those hoping to sell property or additional locker space to gullible high school freshmen. Computer tutelage keeps students abreast of technological requisites, and continuing education programs help licensed agents meet state requirements. To ensure property apprentices graduate packed with knowledge, Real Estate One appoints experienced, respectful instructors to head each course.
Typically, summer school is a last resort for failing students. At Summer Course Enrichment, however, small groups of proactive pupils jump-start their minds a few weeks before the start of the upcoming school year. With a variety of subjects available, including biology, Spanish, chemistry, and geometry, students can rigorously prepare for the classes they will encounter in September, which helps them thoroughly understand the material when they see it again. While not credit bearing—freeing students from the pressure of their GPA and the competition to get the sparkliest "Good Job!" sticker—the academic-enrichment classes cover grade-specific materials taught by experienced Michigan-certified teachers.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
Whitmore Lake Community Recreation encompasses a variety of activities at facilities of Whitmore Lake Public Schools. The community pool hosts classes such as water aerobics or swim lessons, alongside pool parties and public swim. Youth classes invite kids to cavort through activities such as volleyball, basketball, and soccer, while adult sports include leagues such as softball and classes such as yoga and zumba.
The Ceramic Studio liberates the inner artisan by empowering people to create their own one-of-a-kind pieces, such as plates, jewelry, or mosaics. With paint-your-own pottery, artists will select an item such as a plate ($16–$24), bowl ($10–$40), figurine ($15–$24), or decorative tile ($6–$15); choose a color palette; choose a photo to apply to the item (optional and for an additional fee); and put brush to bisque. A staff member can demonstrate techniques with stamps, stencils, sponges, and other tools for those foreign to art apparatuses. When the paint job is finished, pieces are taken to a kiln where they are fired and rubbed with aloe.