By encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor recreational activities, Venture Outdoors promotes Pittsburgh’s unique natural amenities, highlights the region’s excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, inspires an active lifestyle and creates a shared sense of community.
Paddling down the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, the expert instructors at SUP3Rivers prove that stand up paddleboarding isn't just a tropical sport. During easy-to-learn introductory sessions, they set clients up with all of the equipment they need to succeed. After equipping a properly sized paddle, flotation device, leash, and board, clients undergo instruction, learning how to get up on the water, where to stand, and how to handle the paddle. After mastering the basics, clients can set off on unique urban journeys that highlight the region's most picturesque bridges and architectural landmarks.
The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Developed for centuries in China, Kung Fu?or Chinese Martial Arts?includes a series of strengthening and self-defense techniques that have been perfected over thousands of years. At Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi, these techniques are incorporated into Kung Fu Fit, unique classes for all ages and levels of physicality. These classes combine the techniques of Kung Fu and kickboxing with instructors helping students learn not just to defensive measures, but also how to strengthen and tone their bodies. Kung fu classes are also available just for kids, where adolescents can work on developing respect, discipline, and the agility to complete chores using only their toes.
A team of PADI (Professional Association of Diving instructors) -certified diving instructors makes up Splash Water Sports, where they help customers learn and discover the arts of scuba diving. They offer a variety of different courses, ranging from pool-based introductory classes to certifications, emergency training, and extreme training for areas such as caves. Additionally, Splash Water Sports has the only instructor-development course in the Pittsburgh to be rated 5-stars by PADI.
The friendly experts at Willi's Ski and Snowboard Shop sling the latest in contemporary snow-sport products and maintain slope-traversing gear, earning themselves a Gold Medal Award from Ski magazine. Boot technicians help guests hunt down the precise fit for their boots, and maintenance wizards use top-notch Wintersteiger tuning machines to ensure that skis and snowboards retain their integrity during outings or unexpected ice ages.