Many consider scuba diving a hobby or fun activity to do on vacation, but for Capt. Saam, it has become a lifestyle. He learned to scuba-dive more than 35 years ago and has gone on to not only establish his namesake scuba school but also obtain a US Coast Guard master license, teach scuba diving in Hawaii, and make regular tropical-dive trips. All of his scuba-diving and maritime experiences have pooled into a vast reservoir of knowledge which he passes on to his scuba-school crew—all of whom are NAUI- and PADI-certified instructors and dive masters. Together they immerse students in aquatic classes––both group and private––modeled after those practiced by police and fire-department scuba teams. They keep group lessons small—no more than seven students per session—to ensure personalized instruction and each student's safety.
Students develop their passion and ability to explore subaquatic terrains while also learning survival skills. They learn procedures to calmly handle accidents during first aid and safety courses, train to become lifeguards, or master the art of prying a friend out of a whale’s baleen. Those looking to clock in more hours exploring the ocean can opt for a local dive charter, which ferries 18-25 scuba divers and snorkelers aboard Capt. Saam's 34-foot Thompson Trawler as it sets sail to a variety of diving locations, from Smith's Reef and Sheffield Island to Gwendolyn Steers Wreck.
Though Capt. Saam's is a scuba school first and foremost, the center also offers equipment rentals and tank fills at its full retail dive shop, tropical-dive trips to the Caribbean, and a ground aviation-training course that teaches students the basics of flight.
Profiled on the PBS series Circus, the international performers of Big Apple Circus stretch one ring to new limits with this year's original show, "Dance On!". From a ringside seat, eyes clearly catch the nuances of intricate acts, such as the Kenyan Boys, whose perplexing pole-shimmying has previously landed them performances at Walt Disney parks and during halftime shows for various NBA teams. Regina Dobrovitskaya, a gymnast since age 11 and a Russian since birth, puts her master's degree in sport gymnastics to work while dangling from the rafters from her Cloud Swing, and China's Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe synchronizes lasso twirling and acrobaticizes monocycling to thumping drumbeats. Leading the charge is lovable clown Grandma, a marquis member of Big Apple since 1982 and inductee to the International Clown Hall of Fame who has also been seen on CBS's Circus of the Stars and with multiple appearances in Macy's famed Thanksgiving Day Parade and lesser-known Boxing Day Stand-Still. All Groupon purchasers will be seated in the ringside section, shown in blue on the seating chart. Parking discount at Central parking available with ticket stub; $10 for up to 5 hours on weekday evenings. Must surrender ticket stub to Central parking post-show to redeem parking discount. Group seating is also available.
At Sportsplex, lines of gleaming strength and conditioning machines stand ready to help exercisers transform their bodies. When clients aren't lifting dumbbells and bars or swimming in a pool that uses the chlorine-free SaltPure system, they can work out with personal trainers or in small-group Group Jamz sessions, or play squash on the on-site courts.
The contemporary wood-paneled elegance of Butterfield 8's U-shaped leather booths and lamp-lit dining room complements the menu of urban American gastropub fare. Quash your hunger with the chipotle brisket nachos, bulging beneath the tasteful weight of pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and chipotle pulled chicken ($12). Buttery mashed potatoes and crispy onions adorn the sauce-drizzled peppercorn skirt steak ($20), and the memphis pulled-pork sliders ($12) satiate mouths with bite-size morsels of flavor. Spread out in the spacious booths and imbibe the alchemical concoctions of specialty cocktails ($10) such as a dirty bleu martini, an ocean of Belvedere vodka bobbing with buoys of blue-cheese-stuffed olives, a drink as elegant as a chandelier in fur coat. Finish the feast with the chocolate-chip-cookie-dough smash, an iron skillet filled with half-baked cookie oozing beneath ice cream and chocolate sauce ($8).
Staffed by experienced coaches and golf-savvy computers, Golftec relies on motion sensors and high-speed cameras to monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Based on indisputable video evidence that can be used in a court of law, Golftec’s certified personal coaches will spot flaws and strengths and provide golfers with tips on how to improve their game from tee to green. The swing session focuses on ball striking, ensuring shots travel less in figure-eight patterns.