Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
Tidal Wave Water Sports splashes and surges riders against the salty waves, setting them in the slippery saddle of their own bouncy banana-shaped vessel. Combining safety, scenery, and sport, U.S. Coast Guard captains and certified guides conduct each banana-boat ride, towing each buoyant fruit behind a larger boat, where they can easily scan the briny depths for signs of troublesome sea monkeys. Small groups of up to six people typically straddle these inflatable boats, and with today’s deal, you and a friend will get to take the reins alongside other like-minded fruit fans (a minimum of three riders is required per trip), cruising around the surf for a silly, raucous half-hour.
United States Coast Guard– and CPR-certified captain David Lane leads poling pairs into Charleston's coastal tides during four-hour inshore-fishing outings. Aboard Captain Lane's 17-foot Mitzi skiff, guests delve restlessly through rippling ebbs in search of redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Depending on the tide, season, and customer preference, each trek will aim to coax gilled adversaries from subaquatic nooks by tossing out baits, lures, or exclusive invites to prestigious fish fries. Additionally, Captain Lane channels his extensive knowledge of the surrounding regions to unmask fish-rich havens, such as the oyster banks of Wando River and various marshes. All equipment—including rods, reels, and licenses—is provided, but duos are encouraged to tote along their own refreshments and cameras, as well as sunglasses to deflect the glare of water and sunbathing toads.
Nature Adventures Outfitters partners the Charleston area's breathtaking aquatic scenery with finely honed expertise and a staff of passionate naturalists. Climb into kayaks almost identical to those used by Columbus to cross the Atlantic and stuff your eyes with one-of-a-kind views of blackwater swamps, tidal waterways, saltwater bays, or other marine environments. Rub elbows with watery fauna such as dolphins and pelicans, often called the dolphins of the air, or taunt gators by using your arms as shoulder-mounted meat paddles.
Scuba divers glide amid the underwater wreckage just off the coast of Charleston. They flit through gaps in decommissioned military APCs, a deck-boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, all encrusted with starfish and barnacles. Other fish may join them as they drift around the debris of an old wooden schooner, float over a massive natural limestone ledge, or paddle around vacation spots.
These are just some of the sites Lowcountry Scuba visits on its dive charters through the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Before Lowcountry's customers can reach this step, however, they must train under one of the dive shop's PADI-certified scuba instructors. The center introduces students to the scuba-diving craft through Discover Scuba classes, hands-on sessions held in the pool or in the calm waters of a private lake with a strict no-sea-serpent policy. Instructors also teach to PADI standards with classes ranging from open-water diver certification to specialty classes in nitrox-enriched air and rescue diving.
Meanwhile, dive-shop staff outfit customers for excursions. These knowledgeable technicians can field questions about nearly any item, and supply equipment not only for diving but for spearfishing and lobstering as well.