What You'll Get
Because flying a kite and drifting on the water are both so relaxing, scientists are baffled that combining the two results in a nonstop adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. Discover what you’ve been missing with today’s Groupon to Great Lakes Kiteboarding. Choose between the following options:
- For $249, learn to kiteboard at a two-day kite camp in East Tawas (a $499 value).
- For $149, you get a half-day private lesson in St. Clair Shores (a $299 value).
Great Lakes Kiteboarding and its crew of master mariners specialize in converting everyday hydrophobes into Poseidon-punishing aquatic athletes. In a five-hour private lesson, nautical novices can strap a slab of fiberglass to their feet and master wind-riding fundamentals like launching from boat and beach, proper riding form, and self-rescue. Apprentices seeking the deepest secrets of ancient boarders are invited to study at one of Great Lake Kiteboarding’s weekend camps. Starting with ground training to keep too much land from lubbing onto the kites, students will spend a Saturday morning learning about equipment, wind windows, beach etiquette, and safety before hitting the waves to learn basics of riding and landing. After lunch, it’s back out on the water to learn advanced techniques like self-launching, changing direction, and riding the edge, with all of Sunday devoted to honing newfound skills on the water while instructors on WaveRunners play safety shepherd.
Great Lakes Kiteboarding’s website contains valuable information on what to bring, where to spend the night, and how to turn a skintight wetsuit into fashionable eveningwear. All kites, boards, harnesses, and other necessary accoutrements are provided by Great Lakes Kiteboarding. However, customers are strongly encouraged to bring wetsuits, towels, sunscreen, water shoes or sandals, and lunch for each day of instruction. Great Lakes Kiteboarding aims to give its students a fantastic thrillsperience, and will reschedule or fragment lessons if conditions prevent instruction from taking place as planned.
Past clients have left testimonials on the Great Lakes Kiteboarding website:
- I ended up taking a two day Kite camp with Brian in Tawas point. The lessons were great. Safety was a key to the entire lesson. Brian explained the basics in simple terms, walked us through setup and launch, and showed us what to do when we messed up. – Chris Hunter
- The lessons were outstanding. The gear was excellent. Recommended accommodations were very comfortable and reasonably priced Instructors were superb. 100% totally satisfied customer! – GLK is currently working on that
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. For private lesson, limit 1 per person. For kite camp, limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must use lesson in June or July of 2012 or schedule snowkiting in winter of 2011. Reservation required; subject to availability. 48-hour cancellation notice required. Must be 7 or older. 70lb weight minimum. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather conditions. Equipment provided; may bring own equipment. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.