Of the many things the filmography of Kevin Costner has taught humankind, the most notable is that we will soon dance with wolves in some sort of "world of water." Prepare yourself for marine misadventures with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a 30-day sailing membership to Community Boating (a $99 value). The Groupon is good for 30 consecutive days of membership, and it must be redeemed before June 15, 2010.
A 30-day adult membership to Community Boating introduces you to the aquatic arts of sailing and kayaking via a variety of classes. Rookie paddlers will get to hit the water after just an hour of kayaking class. Captain Ahab wannabes, meanwhile, will have to conquer the rigors of rigging, the subtleties of sail theory, and the nuances of knots before they're allowed to test for a solo rating—a prerequisite for classes in advanced techniques such as tacking, jibing, trimming, and jive-talking the mainsail. All classes take place on the water with plenty of hands-on access to Community Boating's armada of Cape Cod Mercury sailboats and kayaks. Should you like the cut of your own jib and decide you'd like to continue boating at month's end, you'll get a $49 discount on the good ship Full Membership.
Community Boating is a not-for-profit organization that strives to bring the serenity of sailing to the Boston area through courses, community programs, and conch-shell-induced hypnotism. Founded in 1936, Community Boating and its skilled staff of skiff scoundrels conduct sailing tutorials on the Charles River, haunted to this day by the unsound and the furious ghost of Quentin Compson III. Check Community Boating's class schedule and fire up your foray into fantastic flotation with today's Groupon.
Six Yahoo! Travelers give Community Boating five stars. Yelpers rate it 4.5, and Time Out Boston lists it as a sport, health, and fitness Critic's Choice. Here's what the Boston Globe had to say about Community Boating's accessibility program:
- Mike Kennedy sat strapped into the stock-car racing seat in front of a wooden dashboard, complete with a steering wheel and rigging controls at his fingertips. For the 48-year-old from Millbury, who lost his ability to walk after a spinal cord injury, sailing long seemed like an unthinkable summer activity. But yesterday, it felt just like driving a car, he said, as a slight breeze pushed him along the surface of the Charles River under brilliant sunshine. – Claire Cummings, Boston Globe
- This place is honestly one of the gems of Boston. They teach the materials well, are always there in case something goes wrong, and the staff is just plain amazing. – A Yahoo! Contributor, 03/09/05
- This is my favorite place in the city. I just joined up last year and have since found this to be my home away from home. – Meg B., Yelp
Community Boating Inc.
With a history of nautical scholarship that dates back to the mid 1930s, Community Boating Inc. has graduated thousands of students from its hands-on sailing school and into the ranks of skipperdom. Seasoned instructors lead classes for all ages, with separate youth, adult, and universal-access programs to ensure that the sweeping vistas, invigorating mists, and albatross necklaces of seafaring can be enjoyed by all. Certified students and members can take jaunts across the Charles River atop a kayak or Mercury sailboat borrowed from Community Boating Inc.’s 100-strong fleet of windblown and man-powered vessels.