The FAA–certified Cygnet II–powered hang glider bearing the Amphibian Air stamp gives riders a bird's-eye view of Savannah and the outlying Low Country as they zip about during guided lessons. An FAA–certified instructor takes the front seat in the trike's open-air cockpit directly ahead of the student and demonstrates the basics of flying before allowing his pupil to take the controls if conditions permit. A certificate of training documents the flight for the student, which can be used toward a sport-pilot license. Amphibian Air recommends wearing comfortable clothing and making reservations for sunrise or sunset any day of the week, as those are some of the best times for a smooth flight.
An indoor, air-conditioned range encompasses eight shooting lanes, each equipped with an electronic targeting system and lighted stalls to enhance vision.
The pro shop rents many of its in-stock firearms, including handguns and Class 3 weaponry.
The weapons experts of Aim Center Mass share their knowledge in serving the public, law enforcement, military, and first responders. As the partner business of Mission Essential Inc., Aim Center Mass houses three archery ranges in addition to the gun range. Each is outfitted with the TechnoHunt bow-hunting system, which lets guests test their aim on virtual trophies such as bear and elk.
Nestled in the salt marshes of northern Wilmington Island, Bull River Marina is an ideal launch pad for exploring the region’s natural splendor. Experienced captains offer tours that find them steering their prow through the bottlenose-dolphin-inhabited waters off the shores of Savannah. Additionally, Bull River's captains lead crabbing and fishing charters that search the waters for everything from kingfish to sharks. The seasoned fishermen provide passengers with all the bait, tackle, and licenses they need to wrest trout and flounder from the refrigerators of submarine captains.
Island Miniature Golf and Games entices guests with a full mini-golf course and multiperson batting cage. Send golf balls along the winding 18-hole course, which is divided by red brick and pale stone enclosures and a pond spouting three fountains. Batters can smack oncoming baseballs within the large, square batting cage, which traps outbound home runs inside its enclosed walls and netted roof. One token prods one of the three pitching machines to lob 14 balls and one pie toward the batsperson.
With two huge pools, a swim shop, and a designated birthday-party area, Chatham County Aquatic Center helps fledgling swimmers flutter-kick toward fitness and fun. During Starfish Swim School classes, seasoned instructors teach kids and adults how to navigate the water as confidently as a starfish suctioned to a smartphone. Preschoolers splash through a warm 25-yard rec pool during 30-minute SeaSprites classes that cover the five core swimming competencies. Alternatively, swimmers aged 9 and older learn at their own pace in SwimStars classes, which impart basic skills, such as treading water, and essential strokes, such as the front crawl. And rather than riding dolphins through the 50-meter lap pool, students of all ages hone butterfly strokes and backstrokes during 45-minute StrokeStars classes.
While tutoring students in the art of kiteboarding, Mike Campanaro and John Mapel of AOK Watersports are able to call upon a lifetime of wave-taming experience in a bounty of extreme sports, including power-kiting and windsurfing. Though the dedicated instructors specialize in kiteboarding, they also offer equipment, lessons, and rentals for activities such as land-kiting and paddleboarding. Two-hour land-kiting courses help beginners glean basics for handling kites or taking midnight shifts as bird walkers.