Boating and fraternizing have gone hand in hand ever since the Royal Navy's HMS Endurance set sail to Antarctica with a Jimmy Buffett album lodged in its tape deck. Socialize by sea with today's Groupon with Dragon Zone, located at the Creekside Community Centre on Athletes Way. Choose from the following options:
• For $20, you get a two-hour kayak rental (a $40 value).
• For $30, you get a guided two-hour kayak tour (up to a $60 value).
• For $45, you get a four-hour Introduction to Kayaking class (up to a $90 value).
The sport and social club equips paddlers of all ages and abilities for sojourns through scenic downtown waterways. A two-hour kayak rental outfits patrons with a kayak, paddle, and safety equipment. During a guided two-hour tour, trained-and-certified kayaking experts lead flotillas on an expedition past the neighbourhoods bordering False Creek, granting participants a view of the city once limited to runaway rubber ducks. A four-hour Introduction to Kayaking class provides on-the-water instruction about the fundamentals of paddling in protected waters, such as launching, understanding tides and currents, and executing basic sea kayak strokes. All safety equipment is provided.
Though they features a discounted price online for children 12 and younger, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for adults.
Dragon Zone Paddling Club
Operated by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, a registered non-profit society, Dragon Zone Paddling Club makes it easy for people to experience the ancient art of dragon boating, as well as many other types of paddle sports. In addition to 10- and 20-person dragon boats, the club equips guests with canoes, six-person outriggers, one-person outriggers, and kayaks.
For those who are new to dragon boating, Dragon Zone Paddling Club offers four-week classes that introduce basic techniques and get participants used to working as a team. More specialized workshops supplement foundational skills with more advanced instruction, which is especially useful for anyone who decides to join a racing team.
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1A6