Kayakers, unlike pancakes or depressed turtles, muster the will to get themselves upright when flipped upside down. Float through life with this Groupon.
$95 for Two Beginner Kayak Lessons ($210 Value)
American Canoe Association–certified instructors walk up to five pupils through kayaking fundamentals such as proper paddle grip, basic strokes, and uplifting techniques. A subsequent session covers more advanced strokes and techniques for navigating in moving water. The school supplies students with necessary gear for their Potomac River lessons, as well as a 15% discount at its retail store.
Valley Mill Kayak School
Since 1956, Valley Mill Kayak School has trained countless kayakers, including the first kayaking recipients of Olympic medals, on the deep waters of the Potomac River. A former Olympian and four-time freestyle-kayaking world champion, Eric Jackson personally designs the school's lesson plans around modern whitewater-paddling techniques. Eric trains each of the school's American Canoe Association–certified instructors, who, in turn, dispense their knowledge to beginners and proficient paddlers alike.
Through a wealth of small classes, private lessons, and occasional clinics taught by Eric himself, pupils discover such skills as paddling and basic strokes, or attempting to work your kayak into rhythmic-gymnastics routines.