Unlike swimming, nobody learns to fly by being thrown in the deep end. Instead, it takes gradual instruction to teach students the controls and feel of an aircraft guided by their hands. Luckily, instructors Antonio Ferrara and Zachary Barrett specialize in that sort of slow-burning scholarship. Both men make their living with their heads in the clouds. Ferrara flies for a commercial airline, ferrying passengers across vast distances in enormous jets. Barrett also possesses his commercial pilot's license, along with an FAA Flight Instructor certification.
At Affordable Aircraft & Flight Instruction, LLC, the duo helps fledgling flyers find their sky legs with discovery flights and group ground school. They also teach longer courses, guiding students toward certifications as private-, multiengine-, and commercial-rated pilots.
Downunder Fitness and Surf’s SurfSET and SUPnSURF classes offer a fun alternative to jogging on a treadmill or other traditional exercise methods. While standing or lying facedown on simulators, pupils learn surfing and standup paddleboarding basics without going down to the ocean or having to help a mermaid retie her shell brassiere. In addition to fitness classes, Downunder Fitness and Surf offers yoga sessions on a beach or, for added difficulty, atop a floating paddleboard.
A new graduate of Martin van Breems' Basic Keelboat course out on his first sail was pounded by driving rain and battered by winds raging at almost 35 miles per hour, but he kept his cool. When his fellow sailors found him, his jib was rolled, his main was reefed, and Breems recalls that it, "felt pretty darn good to see him doing exactly what he should have done in difficult conditions, instead of panicking."
Founded in 1986, Sound Sailing Center’s expert sailors introduce students to the Sound during their professional-quality classes. Their instruction philosophy ensures the proper learning environment for each student with classes that span several days with fewer students per class and a fleet equipped for single-handed sailing. The center also offers a variety of membership options.
From Ronaldinho to Pelé, many of the most renowned soccer players in history hail from Brazil. The country is steeped in a love of the game that took over Rodrigo Nunes’s life early on. Long before founding RNunes Olé, he lived in São Paulo, where his father was a coach, his uncle was a professional player, and his brother was a trainer.
With the help of a handpicked group of certified coaches, he now passes on some of the soccer knowledge he has accumulated through drills and during talks at camps and clinics. Kids as young as 2 years of age squeal across the fields at the academy, learning to dribble, shoot, and pass. Punctuated by the soft pop of a foot against the soccer ball and the trill of coaches’ whistles, pupils at specialized clinics hone their ability to protect the goal or find legal loopholes that allow terriers into the league.
With two rinks—an official NHL-sized rink and a training rink—SoNo Ice House is accessible to skaters and hockey players of all ages and skill levels. Casual skaters can shoot across the ice between trips to the café and take a break on the observation area, and hockey players can suit up for league play or practice their shots on the facility’s RapidShot training system. An educational facility as well as an entertainment venue, SoNo staffs instructors who lead students of varying ages through skating and hockey lessons. In addition to its two rinks, SoNo Ice House is also home to the Athletic Edge Training Center.
Bright-yellow spheres hurtle through the air like comets in space or butter pats in a food fight. Unlike comets or butter, however, these objects can be whacked with a racket on Intensity's seven indoor tennis courts. Here, adults and kids learn to volley with precision during clinics, camps, and team programs. Accomplished tennis pros lead one-on-one lessons for students of all levels and a high-performance academy for elite young players. During Turbo Tennis sessions, instructors pair forehands and backhands with endurance exercises to help players sculpt their physiques and up their game.
Dance, yoga, and biking tone muscles and melt calories during many of Intensity's other fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba workouts boost energy levels in a 3,000-square-foot studio whose booming beats and intelligent lighting system simulate a thriving nightclub or a disco aboard a flying saucer. Octane elliptical machines, True treadmills, and Life Fitness strength-training equipment fuel solo workouts in the studio's gym, and a four-lane 100-foot track helps athletes sprint their way toward optimal speed and agility.
After workouts, exercisers may unwind with Thai massages, respites in the onsite saunas, and trips to the juice bar. Childcare staff can supervise kids 12 weeks and older while parents exercise, work, or run errands.