Aquaholics

Kennebunk

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In a Nutshell

  • Experienced surf instructors
  • Up to three students per lesson
  • Available seven days a week

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Promotional value expires May 2, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required 48hr in advance, subject to availability and weather. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 6 or older, parent consent form required for under 18. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before ocean surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock-concert stage and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 90-minute semi-private surfing lesson at Aquaholics in Kennebunk (a $100 value).

Aquaholics' experienced, sea-loving instructors train fledgling thrill-seekers in the art of lassoing an ocean adventure. During each semi-private lesson, an attentive wave maven will teach up to three students the surfing basics, with a provided board and wetsuit. Students spend the first 15 minutes on the beach, reviewing the basics of standing, balancing, and bartering with mermaids before slipping into the ocean for the remainder of the session. By the end of each class, nearly everyone learns to stand while their fiberglass transport carries them over the untamed waters below.

Lessons transpire up to four times throughout the day, seven days a week, rain or shine—unless there's lightning, in which case lessons will be rescheduled to make way for Dr. Frankenstein's mad parasailing experiments. On the day of their session, Groupon buyers will be able to take 25% off purchases of swimsuits, clothing, towels, and more in the surf shop, not including boards or wetsuits.

Aquaholics

Thanks to improper equipment and a lack of professional training, Nanci Grenier Boutet endured four years of splashes and bruises before she could reliably stand up on her surfboard. Nanci founded Aquaholics to save others from a similarly waterlogged fate, and it was not long before she began to make waves in Maine’s dedicated surfing community. Nestled in a space that once housed a church, her surf shop has earned local renown for its selection of quality wetsuits and beach gear available to rent or buy.

When Nanci and her staff aren’t outfitting wave riders with professional equipment, they take to the ocean themselves during year-round surf and paddleboard lessons. CPR-certified instructors coach boarders of all skill levels in private surf sessions or group classes capped at three students per instructor. Large parties can opt for abbreviated surf lessons with a less-structured approach that lends itself to mild mayhem. Alternatively, standup paddleboard lessons impart various techniques for mounting boards and steering clear of siren rap battles during guided tours of Maine’s waterways.

Customer Reviews

Tucker was such an awesome instructor. There were about 6 of us in our group, and he did a fantastic job of tailoring his instruction style and info to each of us, based upon our learning type and what we were each doing on our boards. For me, he clued in that I like technical, specific instruction, which is what he gave me, and low and behold I was surfing by the end, and I overheard his instruction to another student who just need confidence before getting really technical, so he adapted his style to her accordingly. Tucker was a great instructor with the perfect balance between being approachable, knowledgable, and able to explain things in a way that were easy to understand to the budding surfer. He also seemed genuinely excited for us when we would get up on our boards. I had an awesome time and I would love to come back again! Thanks, Tucker and Aquaholics!
Laura M. · August 20, 2012
Such a fun day!
MaryJo S. · July 11, 2012
What a wonderful experience. I always wanted to try surfing and the lesson made it easy for me to do that, now I want to try surf camp! Eric was a great instructor, very encouraging!
Lucy L. · July 11, 2012
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    Kennebunk

    166 Port Rd.

    Kennebunk, Maine 04043

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