Drawing on four decades of coaching experience, Splash Jax Swim School's owners, Chris Oliver and Nancy Hennessy, help students of all levels improve their speed and agility in the pool. Under the direction of Chris and Nancy, a team of CPR-certified instructors readies students for competitive swimming, whether the goal is to join a swim team or simply to beat an arrogant goldfish in a time trial.
With its elevated greens and crisp ocean breezes, Selva Marina Country Club's challenging par-72 course has entertained day-clubbers of all levels for more than 50 years, including Jack Nicklaus in 1966, who recorded a double-eagle on the 18th hole. Revel in the Country Club's private, unpretentious, and scenic environment, where golfers can easily drive, pitch, and putt on the spacious practice area just blocks away from the shoreline. Spare the expense of hoverboard or Icarus wings rentals and rove Selva's open fairways in the provided golf cart, allowing linksmen to explore the winding pathways or stop for a tan in the local sand traps. Whatever your ability level or past experience with the sport of golf, the Selva Marina course is amply suited to beginners and putting veterans alike.
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center strengthens bone abodes with muscle-molding Zumba classes. Zumba combines heart-pounding Latin music and simple dance moves into one muscle-sculpting workout that taunts fat with resistance training and lipid-based insults. Burn calories and tone bodies, all while strutting to oscillating and rousing rhythms. Cardio cavorters can attend classes with wee ones in tow, as childcare is available at no extra charge.
The staff at Cave Country Dive Shop is comprised of cave and technical divers who continually add to their combined decades of experience. They bring an abundance of credentials to the metaphorical table, including NACD cave diver certification and training from the U.S. Navy. This unity of experience and training manifests itself as teaching prowess as the team makes use of numerous springs and underwater caves for conducting all levels of PADI & DSAT scuba programs. Classes head out to open waters found at locales such as Santa Fe River or Ginnie Springs to explore crystal-clear springs and sinkholes with 80-100 feet of visibility and approximately 72-degree waters year round. The aquatic experts teach equipment functions and other essential scuba knowhow in one of two onsite classrooms, further prepping students for real diving conditions by being filled with water, oysters, and taffy.
In addition to instruction, Cave County delivers air from high-volume and high-pressure compressors that are routinely monitored and maintained. Equipment upgrades hang from the walls or virtual window displays online.
Under the tutelage of certified scuba instructors, pupils at the family-owned Scuba Monkey Dive Center explore underwater worlds during PADI, open-water, nitrox, and advanced courses. The center's regular dive trips gather together trained divers on jaunts to Venice Beach and Troy Springs, where they get up close with aquatic inhabitants and discarded pet rocks. At the shop, divers can stock up on brand-name equipment for sale and rent, refill tanks with nitrox and air, or hand over broken equipment to ace technicians, who swiftly identify and correct any problems.
Amateur surfers are a lot like newborn fawns: they’re wide-eyed, full of life, and not so great at standing. That’s why head instructor and founder of Surfari Surf, Rick Gehris—along with his team of seasoned instructors—begins every first-time lesson by introducing a simple, achievable goal: stand. To increase the chances of success, Gehris and his instructors—well versed in Hawaiian, Californian, and Floridian surfing methods—hop right into the water to assist students as they cut into the waves. The instructors hang off the tails of their surfboards, stabilizing each board and repositioning students until they’re ready to take to the open water and try out their pickup lines on the nearest, cute-enough dolphin.
In addition to surf lessons and camps, instructors also show off their athletic prowess during standup-paddleboard lessons, which often are supplemented by independent board rentals.