Learning to paddleboard bestows people with stylish windblown hair and the ability to talk to clams before putting them in chowder. Reap aquatic benefits with today’s Groupon to Gulf Coast Paddle Company in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Clearwater. Choose between two options:
- For $25, you get a one-hour standup paddleboard lesson in a group (up to a $60 value).
- For $40, you get a one-hour private standup paddleboard lesson for up to two people (up to a $120 value).
Instructors at Gulf Coast Paddle Company mingle the serenity of kayaking with the flexibility of surfing in standup paddleboard lessons. Surfers stand astride flat, lightweight boards, working core muscles and parting the water with long paddles as well as heart-rending Handel arias. A team of two teachers outfits students with new lightweight Rogue boards before taking pupils of all ages gliding along serene, shallow waterways, where they develop balance and paddling technique during the one-hour lesson. Greenhorn paddlers learn to choose appropriate board positions, from stretching out flat or kneeling to standing upright to gaze boldly into oncoming waves. Like parliamentary food fights, classes are held throughout the week.