Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
When Dave Stevens condensed the beloved pulp heroes of his childhood into the character called the Rocketeer, he pictured a man able to fly thanks to the combustive power of fire. It must have seemed a logical assumption, considering the existence of things like jet engines. When modern-day inventors made the jet pack a reality, however, they instead turned to the propulsive force of water. Rocketman now makes that invention, the Jet-Lev Flyer JF 250, available to the public.
While the Rocketman flyboard doesn't quite provide the unlimited freedom to explore the skies that the Rocketeer enjoyed, it does give its wearer the ability soar up to the 30 feet above the surface of calm water. Best of all, operating the board doesn't require any derring do; the harness supports the torso and legs, and the water cushions any fall. The wearer can simply focus on soaring like a seagull, leaping in and out of the water like a dolphin, and giggling like a mermaid.
From performing on Broadway to trodding the boards of cruise ships, the instructors at Encore Dance Theatre have graced some of the discipline's most popular venues. Under the tutelage of artistic director Anne Brodsky and her colleagues, Encore's students have pranced into similar careers on Broadway and aboard ships, not to mention in films and during Disney's Christmas Day Parade. To prime their students for such diverse opportunities, Encore's teachers strive to shape pupils into well-rounded dancers versed in every genre. Inside the three dance rooms at the school's 3,000-square-foot facility, students work on everything from the percussive steps of tap to the tiptoed trots of balletic pointe.
Caribbean Rider delivers high-powered jet skis to aquatic adventurers at marinas all across Broward County. Up to three riders tear along wakes and waves on a 2007-08 Yamaha, testing the limits of all 110 of its horsepowers. As explorers skirt the coast, waving to swimmers and other watery motorists, the built-in storage compartment keeps water, snacks, or smaller life jet skis safe. For the snorkeling excursion, Caribbean Rider packs patrons with included mask, snorkel, and fins before sending wave-farers out to watch the calming procession of sea life as it parades before goggles.
At each Jump!Zone locale nationwide, children aged 2–12 race through themed play areas, bounce on inflatables, and fly down giant slides. Boys and girls can become airborne in SpongeBob SquarePants and Atlantis-themed bouncers or slide near the vigilant figure of Batman, which, as in real life, is 16 feet tall and filled with air. Kids 18 months and older can tackle a multi-level play-zone maze, and the whole family can blast away in the ball-o-city ball-shooting arena. Meanwhile, Jump!Zone's interactive arcade caters to older children and teens who'd rather game than bounce.
Tots with aspirations to be firefighters slide into a bouncy fire truck, and hopeful time travelers acquaint themselves with their future by examining prehistory in the Jurassic Adventure. Pintsize play timers can dispatch their financial stresses in the Toddler Zone. While the kids play, their adult counterparts can enjoy complimentary coffee, relax in the café, use Jump!Zone's free WiFi and computer, and finally have time to recite the periodic table of elements in peace. Check the schedule for open-play hours.
Strikers Family Sportscenter invites guests to perfect their pin felling on 1 of 40 lanes. Bowlers handpick their favorite from a selection of neon balls and watch the 42-inch scoring monitors come to life with animated computer graphics. On weekend nights, flashing lights and music break up the rolling repetition during Rockin' Roll glow bowl. For cross-training, the arcade keeps bowling arms in tip-top shape with skee-ball and whack-a-duck. The snack bar restores nutrients lost performing the worm down an opponent's lane, hot wings and onion rings to a crisp and peppering 14-inch pizzas with a choice of 10 colorful toppings.