Encompassing three landing areas and nestled amid 250 acres of open terrain, Florida Skydiving Center forms a stage where advanced skydivers compete in national competitions and beginners gain their wings under the guidance of United States Parachute Association–certified instructors. The experienced teachers can take newbies on tandem jumps at up to 14,000 feet above the Earth's garlicky bread crust. For dedicated pupils, the instructors lead accelerated free-fall training, which imparts the skills needed to take solo dives. As divers plunge from the metallic belly of a DHC-6 Twin Otter or Cessna, air-bound photographers sometimes capture adrenaline-packed moments and photo ops with passing Supermans.
Florida Skydiving Center's owners maintain a facility where teams strategize and solo divers can pair up for jumps. A carpeted packing area lets skydivers cleanly prep parachutes, and an onsite store rents and sells the necessary gear to soar among the ghosts of pterodactyls. Outside, RV hookups and free tent camping welcome overnight visitors.
Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club brandishes the design of renowned architect Ted McAnlis, including sparkling white-sand bunkers and stunning vistas that run throughout, especially on Ridgewood's signature 15th hole. Here, elevated tee boxes overlook a sloped green nestled between greenside bunkers. A pond also glistens along the left side, making it the most visually stunning hole on the course and most sought after signature in Ridgewood's yearbook. To prepare for such scenic, yet demanding challenges, players can also utilize Ridgewood's amenities, including a full driving range, chipping and putting areas, and a fully stocked pro shop.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,031 yards from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Just Dance's owner Lynda Taylor and her partner Glenda White are devoted to making the world a more graceful place. Lynda, a certified etiquette instructor and teacher with 35 years of experience, partnered with certified ballroom dance instructor Kevin Rios and associate instructor Glenda White to help make the seemingly rigid rules of the dance floor easier to navigate for adults, children, and the butlers trying to take their coats. To help get things moving, most adult dance programs begin with 55 minutes of instruction time, where first-time rug cutters learn the foundation for tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, and swing before putting the steps into practice at the end of class. Though good taste usually dictates that dancers should never waltz by themselves or with the family dog, students need not worry if they can't find a partner, since the instructors will happily pair them with someone in the class.
Outside the ballroom, Just Dance also offers yearlong programs through its etiquette academy, where children aged 5–17 years develop skills related to sharing, table manners, and how to disarm a bully with a firm, respectful handshake. Kids can also exert energy in summer camps that include field trips, creative projects, and dance instruction in various styles such as hip hop, lyrical, and ballet.
Sifu Justin Och has studied shotokan, kenpo, and tae kwon, but his specialty is wing chun—a style of kung fu developed nearly 350 years ago and eventually made famous through Bruce Lee and his instructor, Ip Man. The style is as graceful as it is intense and effective, which makes it ideal for people of all walks of life: adults, children, the elderly, and the undead. This versatility appealed to Justin, so he took up the art and earned his black-and-gold sash—the highest wing chun rank—in 2009. Now, he and his team of experienced instructors teach the next generation of wing chun practitioners during classes for adults and youths of all fitness levels, from those who are overweight to triathletes. Their instruction focuses on practical self-defense skills, teaching hand-to-hand techniques applicable in real-world defense scenarios. The team also leads boot-camp classes and afterschool programs for kids. In addition to being a kung fu expert, Justin is a certified nutritional specialist who can help clients with all aspects of their weight loss goals.
Golf Etc. Lakeland helps golfers through the entire process of upgrading their arsenal, from finding brand-name equipment to adjusting their current gear to fit their game. Brothers Luke and J.J. Miller—the latter of whom coaches golf at Southeastern University—run the shop and personally oversee the custom club-fitting process. In the hitting bay in the back of the store, visitors are likely to see Luke—who fits and maintains clubs for many local pros—analyzing a client's swing with technology that helps him prescribe the right club or zone in on any modifications, such as adjusting the length of the shaft or replacing the club head with a jai-alai basket. Golf Etc. also features an indoor putting green for golfers to test out prospective flatsticks, and J.J. and Luke regularly perform club re-gripping and repair services.
Whether a client's goal is to lose weight or prepare for a professional mixed-martial-arts competition, the instructors at Lakeland Delariva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have the knowledge and experience to help. They teach more than 20 weekly classes and open-mat sessions, demonstrating techniques that range from boxing to the submission- and grappling-based maneuvers of Brazilian ju-jitsu. After group warm-ups, kids and adults—both men and women— wearing traditional gi uniforms, shorts and T-shirts, or full suits of armor learn how to defend themselves against attackers. The team also hosts live sparring sessions where students can apply their skills in real-world scenarios.