Archery skills are useful for historical reenactments, lending credibility to Halloween yeoman costumes and puncturing the thought bubbles of passersby. Arm yourself with a new skill using today's Groupon: for $30, you get archery instruction, gear rental, and a two-hour shooting session for two at Archery House (a $60 value). This Groupon is good at locations in Chula Vista and San Diego. Check out the schedule here.
With a combined 36 years of experience in the art of the arrow, the straight-shooting instructors at Archery House transform fumbling bowmen of all ages, skill levels, and fitness physiques into target-puncturing marksmen during group sessions. Archery House lessons take place at its outdoor archery range, with all equipment necessary for learning the venerable tradition of stick-shooting provided. During the session, participants will learn the basics of archery, shooting techniques, and range safety—as well as have a bit of friendly competition. Partners can choose to share a two-hour lesson, perfecting the craft of defending home castles from concentric invaders, or one lone bow slinger can split two two-hour lessons between separate visits. Classes are held at three locations, and Olympic hopefuls help hone skills during the sessions held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Archery House specializes in the art of looking natural while shooting nature's bullets, and its technical expertise is often sought by the entertainment industry, allowing peaceable actors to look like seasoned warriors as they unleash wooden fury into green screens.
Lesson dates and times vary by location. See the schedule for details.
As he trains his eye on the target's innermost ring, the archer retrieves an arrow from his quiver. He exhales, crooking his fingers around the bowstring and pulling it back until the feathery fletches tickle his cheek. He will only have one shot to win the contest and finally earn his family's respect—but his elbow is off, and his aim will suffer. "Cut!" comes the call from the director, and the cameras stop rolling for a moment as an archery coach enters the scene. She tilts the actor's arm and adjusts his stance so that his form is truer to life, breathing accuracy into the portrayal. When "Action!" sounds, the archer is ready, and the tension achieves new heights.
Sending its nationally certified coaches to such television clients as CSI: Miami and The Discovery Channel is just one way that Archery House spreads an appreciation of the sport. Company leaders Lorinda Cohen and Tara “Robey” Folz—both of whom hold national titles—ally their combined 36 years of archery experience with marketing savvy to plan classes for all ages, promotional events, and athletic counseling. At multiple outdoor ranges, they outfit beginners with the equipment and know-how to pop a balloon at an impressive remove, and challenge advanced archers to do so with a balloon that’s farther away and filled with wasps.