The first person at Chattahoochee Gold Swim to exemplify the attributes of determination and tenacity so highly valued by coach Pat Murphy, the club's founder, was not a swimmer, nor did the character-defining event occur near the water. The person in question was a hard-working landscaper, who—though he had only one arm—approached his work with an unbridled passion that coach Murphy couldn’t help but admire. Keeping the landscaper ever in his mind, Pat—with the help of his team of coaches and instructors—strives to impart a similar sense of commitment, integrity, and inspiration in swimmers of all ages via a host of lessons, programs, and swim meets.
Throughout the year, the crew of coaches can be found in the pool and on the deck helming fun and educational lessons for students of all levels. The introductory parent-tot program teaches first-time swimmers the basics of water safety, and the swim league grants kids the opportunity to meet for weekly practices in a noncompetitive environment, free of the middive thumb wars often associated with competitive programs. Along with lessons and classes, Chattahoochee Gold Swim offers fitness programs, such as water aerobics, to help participants streamline their physiques.
A non-profit organization, Camp Village expands children's mental and physical abilities through one-week summer day camps. During the summer months, instructors and counselors lead children in 30 activities spanning a full spectrum of the sciences, arts, and outdoor adventure. On any day, children may transition from swimming or horseback-riding to drama, music, and dance. Campers might develop technical prowess in rocket building and media production, or hone language skills in French, Spanish, and binary code. The roster of offerings also includes the Eastern fitness disciplines of tae kwon do and yoga. To accompany these wide-ranging activities, staffers also take campers off-site for at least two field trips each week, heading to institutions such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, attractions such as Maxx Fun Family Entertainment Center, and annual events such as the National Black Arts Festival. Learning doesn't stop once school comes back into session; the organization extends its summery mission with year-round after-school programs.
The passionate and PADI-certified professional staff at Peachtree Dive Center has risen to such high levels of aquatic expertise that most of them eschew equipment altogether, favoring the gills bestowed upon them by friendly merpeople. During in-depth adult snorkeling classes, instructors school students on how to find appropriate skin diving sites, spot common hazards, and identify aquatic plants and wildlife. After discussing proper equipment care and maintenance, be-finned snorkelers plunge into Peachtree's indoor pool for a practical lesson. The kids’ class, in addition to a kid-friendly classroom and pool session, includes an interactive, informative coloring book. Host a Peachtree pool party and invite up to 20 swimmers to splash around in Peachtree’s 90-degree indoor pool under the watchful supervision of a lifeguard. Peachtree Dive Center does not provide refreshments, but encourages party hosts to bring their own snacks to fuel birthday parties, stockholder meetings, and manatee play dates.
The water-dipping emporium treats aqua enthusiasts to a heated, Olympic-size pool, a tidy facility, and myriad opportunities to improve water-wrangling abilities. Take to the water for a full-body workout, sidestroking, freestyling, and butterflying your way up and down the lanes. Whether swimmers have global-sports-competition dreams or just want to learn how to outswim pet frogs, the open lap swims will help increase stamina, burn calories, and prove to gravity that you can wrestle with it gracefully. SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf offers lap-swim hours seven days per week, allowing Groupon customers to take to the water on an almost-daily basis.
Learn the basics of breathing underwater in this hour-long Discover Scuba Diving intro course, where you simply suit up in a dashing underwater tuxedo and allow the experienced mermen and merwomen of SeaVentures to take the lead. The controlled environment of the pool keeps things safe and simple for everyone involved. The skilled instructors will acquaint you with the aquatic dos and don’ts essential for mortal survival below sea level and answer any questions concerning dives or your continuation of the sport by drawing upon their vast, ocean-like expanses of knowledge.
No matter the season, the experienced instructors at Skydive Monroe help students discover Atlanta’s sky-high beauty while gliding through the air at 14,000 feet. They teach students of all experience levels the ins and outs of these giant leaps, working with beginners through tandem jumps, instructor-assisted deployments, and accelerated freefall classes. They also oversee jumps for more experienced divers, and welcome non-jumpers to ride along in the plane for an additional fee. Staff members document each trip on video, allowing jumpers to relive the thrill of the jump without painting tiny cityscapes on their trampolines.