For 23 years Camillus Kayak has outfitted area aquaphiles with premium, quality equipment for fun, energetic maritime outings. The well-stocked boatique is stuffed to the gills with brand-name recreational kayaks (13'–14' long) and stand-up paddleboards available for daily ($50) or weekly ($200) rental. Larger premium kayaks (a minimum 16' long; $65/day, $275/week) increase wave slicing speed and the odds of winning back the farm in upstream drag races. Paddlers and sentient driftwood looking for a change of pace can navigate the waters atop a stand-up paddleboard, which combines the exhilarating adventure and exercise of boating with the familiarity of standing. From the higher vantage of a buoyant stand-up board, waterwalkers can witness submerged mysteries that are often hidden to the boatbound eye, such as lakebed land grabs or the ascension of angelfish. Rentals include vessels, paddles, a whistle, life vest, and temporary car-top carrier to ensure a safe and convenient trip.
Orenda Springs, when not engaging school and corporate groups in high-ropes teamwork exercises, spends its winters suiting up trail lovers with ancient methods of Nordic transportation. Before setting out, a helpful instructor will educate the uninitiated in the art of falling, staying upright, and untangling pole and ski knots, as well as ancillary techniques such as how to go forward. Armed with knowledge, technique, and sturdy rental skis, cast out into the wide snowy world of Orenda Springs’ serpentine trails and espy hardy snow-resistant squirrels and sentient snowmen within the serene snowscape. Triumph over minor uphills, straightaways, and gently gliding downslopes with the power of muscle, slim skis, and guidance from the snow goddess Skadi.
Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu owner and head instructor Ken Kronenberg ensures his gym's programming is accessible to visitors of all experience levels. In more than 60 child and adult classes each week, expert coaches introduce the movements of Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, muay thai, MMA, and a range of other self-defense styles to help clients get in shape both mentally and physically. The gym facilitates these intense workouts with a professional-level heavy-bag room and spacious, padded training areas.
Greg Tearney's Martial Arts & Kickboxing uses martial-arts classes to sculpt black-belt leaders who demonstrate discipline, respect, and internal drive in and out of the dojo. Its classes include karate for both kids and adults, Krav Maga, and Thai kickboxing.