At Benthic Scuba Center, a PADI Five-Star Development Center, a knowledgeable staff draws on more than 40 years of collective experience as they unlock the ocean's depths for seafaring visitors. Certified instructors lead all levels in dive courses such as Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Air Diver Specialty. In addition to instructing divers, the centre also houses a vast selection of diving gear from top brands including Sherwood Scuba, Poseidon, and Oceanic, and loans rental equipment ranging from wetsuits and hoods to gauges and rubber duckies. The staff can also repair and maintain equipment to ensure safe aqueous excursions.
The Women’s Club for Fitness and Wellness is an upscale, women-only wellness facility that helps bodies harness health through a variety of fitness classes, lifestyle coaching, and nutritional-awareness information outlets. Like a slow-motion ballerina, the extensive schedule rotates monthly, and some class favourites answer to names such as spin and sculpt, Zumba, Pilates, and power yoga. All of Women’s Club’s fitness equipment is specifically designed for a woman’s body. Pre- or post-sweat session clients can enjoy the cedar sauna to relax sore muscles or settle into the steam room to shoo away stress. For a cozy wind-down, guests can also lounge on the couch by the fireplace in the halcyon sitting room. A child-watch centre provides childcare services so you can workout sans weighty ankle-biter attachments.
Owned by Anusara-inspired teacher Dianne Bondy, Eastside Yoga Studio nurtures students of all skill levels with a vast, accessible range of yoga classes performed in a caring, compassionate environment. Today’s Groupon provides apprentice yogis with the secret password to all classes, ensuring a comprehensive yoga experience. Increase flexibility and well-being with a Gentle Yoga class, ideal for beginners, or learn the basics of postures, breathwork, and meditation in the Yoga Basics class. For a more strength-oriented option, the studio’s signature power class, Fusion, offers extra attention to both nuclear and anatomical cores. After mastering the basics, Eastside’s Follow the Yogini class gives students an opportunity to create their own unique rhythms, fashioning a chorus line of synchronized movement and breath. All classes at Eastside Yoga Studio are intended to help individuals work towards their greatest potential, and provide the fundamentals for developing strength, both of muscle, mind, and spleen.
At Lakewood Golf Club, links enthusiasts can tee off on a serene, par 71 golf course constructed in 1919. The idyllic, meticulously manicured grounds boast 18 holes of gently rolling, tree-lined fairways, visually pleasant but skills-challenging ponds, and a merry band of shepherdesses on guard to corral wayward golf balls. Holes culminate in small greens designed by the course's architects to ensure that putts roll straight and true. The club recommends calling seven days in advance to book a tee time or reserve the course for filming slow-motion reunion scenes.
Golf and curling are similar in their basic values: both games require a steady hand, have their own distinct vernacular, and emphasize sportsmanship so much that the post-match handshake is a universal ritual. Roseland Golf and Curling Club brings the two genteel games together in one facility that features a six-sheet curling rink and a 27-hole golf complex. Open November through March, the curling club offers free “Learn to Curl” classes at various points throughout the season, leagues for curlers of all ages and abilities, and open ice sheet rentals all day on Saturdays for those looking for a place to stash their perishable snacks.
Outside, golfers can test par-hunting skills at an 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Donald Ross and built in 1926. The layout measures a formidable 6,943 yards from the farthest tees, requiring golfers to call upon every club or oversized crowbar in their bag to complete the round. In addition, the facility offers shorter, short game-oriented rounds in the form of a 9-hole, par-3 course.
At Silver Tee Golf Centre, golf balls frolic on the greens of a recently renovated 18-hole miniature golf course and whiz through the air at a practice range. A driving range’s heated, covered, and lighted stalls let players swing their 9 irons without hiring a cloud of lightning bugs to hover overhead, and a practice sand trap lets them practice their escape skills. Before hitting the practice green, golfers can take a turn at the Perfect Putting Machine, which lets players experience what the ideal stroke looks and feels like, and those working on their long game can step into the Explanar training system and discover their optimum swing plane as a hoop guides their stroke.
The centre’s PGA Professionals are close at hand to take over where the training equipment leaves off. They guide students toward reliable swings during private and group lessons and wrestle egg-shaped balls from nesting alligators.