Scuba Bob is so badass that he once bit a nurse shark on the dorsal fin just so his students would see that they shouldn't be afraid to swim with sharks. "I kissed it after I got through biting it," he says. "I petted it, too." Scuba Bob estimates he's made around 3,200 dives and taught more than 1,000 students. He grew up watching Mike Nelson and Jacques Cousteau on TV. He spent his summers at his family's beach house in Bolivar, where he splashed around in the water collecting fish and conducting eighth-grade science projects on sea anemones. A licensed psychotherapist by profession, Bob pays special attention to students who are afraid of breathing under water, incorporating stress reduction and relaxation techniques. Whether he's focusing on deep breaths or misbehaving with sharks, Scuba Bob will find a way to ease your fears about the water.

It's 4:30 p.m., and you've had one of those days at the office. You know you need to go work out. You also know you could go straight home and work out the cushions of your oversized, overstuffed sofa. Then you remember that he'll be at the gym. You suit up. He's John Dalton, a fitness instructor who teaches step, kickboxing, and weight-training aerobics classes at the downtown Y, and he's there every day. This guy takes it to another level: He sings, whistles and whoops his way through the routines, sounding more like the Music Man than a drill instructor. You push yourself to the max and then some, because it actually starts to feel good. By the end of class, you've got a smile on your face, and you don't want to miss the next one. If you do, he'll wonder where you've been.

It's 4:30 p.m., and you've had one of those days at the office. You know you need to go work out. You also know you could go straight home and work out the cushions of your oversized, overstuffed sofa. Then you remember that he'll be at the gym. You suit up. He's John Dalton, a fitness instructor who teaches step, kickboxing, and weight-training aerobics classes at the downtown Y, and he's there every day. This guy takes it to another level: He sings, whistles and whoops his way through the routines, sounding more like the Music Man than a drill instructor. You push yourself to the max and then some, because it actually starts to feel good. By the end of class, you've got a smile on your face, and you don't want to miss the next one. If you do, he'll wonder where you've been.

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