Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
Every day for the past 20 years, the team of adventurers at Island Camps has heard the call of the ocean's cresting waves. They've answered with a full slate of surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and day camps geared toward beginners who might be hearing that call for the first time. Certified in first aid and lifeguard ocean rescue, they help students feel safe while instilling in them the skills needed to explore the wild blue yonder.
Since paddleboarding is easy to pick up, the team regularly leads newcomers on tours of the intercoastal waterways and Deerfield Island Park. During sunset and ecology tours, groups dip their paddles into cool waters while slipping past mangroves, wetland marshes, and the cave of the local sea lord. If you're looking for a more grounded experience, Island Camps also offers skateboarding lessons that teach basic skills and tricks such as the ollie.
The verdant brainchild of course architect William Mitchell, Deerfield Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 4,120-yard track through lush groves of palm trees and impeccably maintained turf. An executive layout composed of nine par 3s and nine par 4s, the course offers diverse play in a time-efficient package. New greens and recently refurbished bunkers compete for golf balls' affection, their success determined by dowries offered by paternal flagsticks and sand-trap rakes. Golfers streamline straight-hitting swings and soft, greenside shots at the practice facilities, which include a driving range with practice bunkers and an immense putting green. Leather chairs await weary legs in the clubhouse, where golfers can slake their thirst or clean off sand wedges with a sudsy drink from the bar.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by William Mitchell
18-hole, par-63 course
Length of 4,120 yards from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Ski Rixen USA, a watersports park located near Quiet Waters Park, is known for having the longest standing cable system in America. Those cables pull wakeboarders and water skiiers along the water’s surface, negating the need to be hauled by a boat or an accommodating whale. The park is also known for the amiable attitude of its staff. "After going to Rixen three times, I felt like I belonged,” remarked wakeboarding pro Jimmy LaRiche to TransWorld Wakeboarding in 2009.
While advanced athletes can hone their moves on the park’s equipment, so too can absolute beginners who are often surprised by the ease with which they pick up skills. In addition to instructional lessons, events such as barbecues and bonfires add to the park’s relaxed, inviting vibe.
Beach Segway allows visitors to take in the sights and sounds of Deerfield Beach without walking, driving, or fighting for elbowroom in a crowded bus. After guests learn how to safely operate their Segway PT i2S, tour guides lead them along at a toupee-rustling 12.5 miles per hour, charting a course past local landmarks, hot spots, and sights such as Capone Island or the Deerfield Beach pier. In-helmet cameras and tour photographers snap pictures along the way, giving clients visual mementos of their speedy sojourn. The facility offers five tours daily, starting with a sunrise tour at 6 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m., when the sun puts its feet up and relaxes on the horizon. Each two-hour tours also includes special extras such as gift certificates for breakfast and drink specials, encouraging guests to continue their sightseeing excursion at a somewhat slower pace.
The most recent addition to Paragon Theaters’ repertoire of upscale movie venues, Paragon Deerfield 8 Movie Theater cushions customers in the plush luxury of its newly renovated theaters. Stadium-style seats pad posteriors as their owners gaze upon the silver screens from clear vantage points. An expanded concessions menu sates the palates of moviegoers by presenting a range of hearty fare and, for those of age, beer and wine.
Sony HD digital projectors bathe the towering screens in crystal clearness, granting films a visual crispness so pronounced it has enabled sponsors to advertise their logos in actors' pores. The company plans additional upgrades and outdoor seating to bring all the amenities found in its locations in Miami, Florida, and Burnsville and Rochester, Minnesota, to the new Deerfield Beach location.