Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club’s trained instructors demonstrate the basics of buoyancy in a one-hour classroom lesson followed by two hours of on-board sailing practice. Seafarers-to-be absorb techniques for sailing, tacking, and gybing. Students study sailboat anatomy, from the differences between the boom and the mast to the best locations in which to host a visiting gentlemarlin. Next, motorized safety boats carry one instructor each along with a group of new tars to the scenic protective waters of Tsehum Harbour and allow students to put their skills to aquatic use. After lessons, students are welcome to grab a burger at the clubhouse (price not included with this Groupon) or sip some complimentary coffee while attempting to tame windswept bouffants.
Nightclubs were originally invented as elaborate training grounds for secret agents to practice lip reading amidst the beat of nonstop hip-hop. Add stealthy skills to your résumé with today's Groupon to Shine Night Club, located in historic Gastown on Water Street. Shine Night Club's dimly lit, futuristic interior houses a venerable variety of notable DJs in the hip-hop, dub step, and house music scenes. Groupon users will waltz through a wait-free line into the club, along with four friends, clones, or party chinchillas. Four highball mixed drinks of any kind are included, sans top shelf liquor due to the bartender's irrational fear of heights.
Combining a full-scale restaurant with diverse and vibrant live music offerings, the Backstage Lounge indulges both needy palates and harmony-hungry eardrums. Peruse the menu and start out with an opening act of yam fries ($7.95) or ahi tuna bites ($13.95) before acquainting hard-to-get tongue buds with a tempting tandoori chicken pizza with caramelized onions and pineapple curry sauce ($13.95). Enjoy some sea-faring snacks with a salmon focaccia sandwich ($13.95), or hunker down with a plate of seared cod gnocchi ($15.95) before singing restive lullabies to your pasta's captive audience of lemon-pesto sauce, roasted leeks, and cherry tomatoes.