Urbandale Parks and Recreation comprise 48 local parks and 38 miles of trails, so citizens always have a way to take in nature's kaleidoscope. Decorate flowerpots during Arts in the Park, jump into the area?s only indoor pool, go to roller-derby camp, take a fitness class like Zumba, or learn a new skill like stop-motion animation.
An all-inclusive fitness center, Seven Flags provides its members with opportunities for both leisurely activities and intense athletic training. Its expansive facility comprises an aquatic center, tennis and basketball courts, a running track, and fitness rooms, where trained staff members instruct and oversee their students' performance. In addition to sports-specific conditioning, they provide personal training and group classes, with everything from innovative Kosama boot camps to calming yoga sessions.
The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been promoting healthy living to families and individuals in the surrounding communities since 1868. One month of family membership (good for two adults and any dependants under the age of 23) entitles tribes to full usage of any of the area locations including the brand new YMCA Healthy Living Center. Membership amenities encompass access to fitness equipment, lap and therapeutic pools, more than 500 fitness classes like kickboxing, yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics, reduced program rates, access to the child care nursery, and many other programs and services, which vary according to location. Each family member will also get three sessions of personalized attention from one of the Y’s Healthy Living Coaches, who can help make the most of your month of muscling by helping the whole family become acclimated to the equipment, establish fitness goals, and transform into an entire tribe of variously sized Rocky Balboas.
Lloyd Bridges had just discovered a host of sunken treasure on the ocean floor in Sea Hunt, and Randy Molnari had stars in his eyes. It didn't help that just weeks before, his elementary school class had visited Houston's marine-biology museum. If you were to tell this young, imaginative boy that he'd go on to earn certifications in shark feeding and technical diving, or that he'd explore some of the world's most exotic underwater locations, he'd believe you. Today, he and his team of carefully vetted instructors help novice and intermediate divers discover the underwater realm with lessons and trips for beginning or technical divers.
Classes include certifications in open-water diving and nitrox usage, and online lessons prepare computers for their own trips to the bottom of a lake. His staff works with police and fire rescue, and each member undergoes a two-year apprenticeship before they begin teaching. Once familiar with the techniques of scuba, clients can accompany staff on trips across the world, daring feats such as exploring shipwrecks in Lake Huron, cave diving in the Caribbean, or rescuing rubber duckies in the bathtub.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, experienced instructors strive not only to equip students with water-safety skills but to instill a lifelong passion for swimming. To this end, they limit classes to no more than four swimmers to ensure individual attention, and they divide students into eight swimming levels to keep classes challenging. Once students progress to a more advanced swim level, instructors congratulate them with a ribbon and swim certificate, which students can fold into a paper boat and rescue from sinking. In addition to swim lessons, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, from birthday parties to CPR classes.
Heralded by the Iowa Golf Association as the best nine-hole course in the state, the course at Cardinal Hills Golf & Swim guides players over more than 60 feet of elevation changes in hot pursuit of small, quick greens. The course first opened in 1916 and bears reminders of its almost century-old history with ancient trees that frame many of the holes and elderly squirrels that still refer to theirs as the "Greatest Generation." A large creek meanders along the western edge of the grounds, flowing through the fairway of the third hole and forcing players to carry their tee shot over it on the par 3 second hole.
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