Sailing lessons teach you to navigate choppy waters or awkward conversations during unnaturally still waters. Weather any storm with this Groupon.
- $99 for a three-hour sailing lesson ($300 value)
Licensed, certified instructors lead a maximum of five people per lesson through basic sailing skills such as trimming and shaping the sail, tying knots, terminology, and etiquette. Students learn on a sailboat that's 30 feet or longer. Lessons are held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and launch from either DuSable or Monroe Harbor. Visit the FAQ page to see the rules and recommendations on what to bring. Buyers of today's deal also receive $100 off the four-day sailing 101 course in 2014.
Go Sailing Chicago
Gliding across Lake Michigan, the sailing party watches the sun sink beneath the Chicago skyline. As the last rays fade from view, the city's skyscrapers throw their light onto the lake's surface. The captain steers the ship past Grant Park and Millennium Park, and then veers out toward Navy Pier, where the ship's passengers find a prime viewing spot for the Saturday-night fireworks show.
In addition to charters like these, the captains of Go Sailing Chicago—all holding US Coast Guard Master Captain licenses and certifications from the American Sailing Association and US Sailing—furnish beginner through advanced sailors with sailing gloves and life jackets before leading hands-on instruction in proper seamanship. Launching from DuSable and Monroe Harbor, and sometimes other points along the lakeshore, Go Sailing Chicago's four-boat fleet meets or exceeds the safety standards set down by the USCG and the most persnickety of ship-in-a-bottle builders.