Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Fall/Winter 2015

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

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DREAMSCAPES FALL/ WINTER 2015 56 TRAVEL SLEUTH >> BY JANE STOKES DS FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING IT TAKES FOCUS TO ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS AND ACHIEVE A SATISFYING LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY. TOP: Become a certified scuba diver in Australia. Greg Snell/Tourism Australia ABOVE: Learn all of the basic skills required for winter mountaineering in Canmore, Alberta. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures OPPOSITE TOP CENTRE: Embrace the spirit of Christmas at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London. VisitBritain OPPOSITE MIDDLE RIGHT: Hone your photography skills in outdoor workshops led by Aperture Academy. Stephen Oachs/Aperture Academy FRENCH IN MARTINIQUE While on the Caribbean "island of flowers," the language school France Langue invites you to learn "French+Kitesurfing" or "French+Diving," with the combined instructions ranging from one week for beginners to a four-month intensive pro- gram. Private lessons and conversation courses are also available in Martinique. Or study French in any one of several loca- tions throughout France. france-lange.com MOUNTAINEERING THE CANADIAN ROCKIES In Canmore, Alberta, sign up for a week- long comprehensive course covering all of the basic skills required for winter moun- taineering, including skiing under various conditions ranging from hard-packed snow to the deepest fresh powder. Instruc- tors at popular Yamnuska Mountain Adventures advise the intensity is geared toward strong intermediate downhill skiers who can maintain control in all conditions, who are comfortable with touring gear, and who can make parallel turns on hard-packed snow. yamnuska.com SCUBA THE GREAT BARRIER REEF You might say obtaining your PADI five- day certification in Australia—and on the world's most celebrated reef—is a lifetime dream. Pro Dive Cairns' programs include two days of classroom and pool lessons plus three days of deep-sea excursions, which include nine dives at 16 exclusive sites on the outer reef. Once you are certi- fied, additional dives are also included in the program price. prodivecairns.com S o why not get away to an inspiring location where the lessons might be easier, the exercises more fun, and the environment is likely to leave you with lifelong memories? Tour and travel companies have long offered educational aspects in their vacation programs, such as instruction for sports, general fitness and recreation, as well as day-trip excursions to learn more about local lifestyles. Today, some travellers volunteer their time and skills to experience residency in developing countries. Another popular trend is to spend all day, over a short- or long-term period, immersed in studying a special interest. There are so many educational opportunities abroad. Let's take a look at what programs are available:

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