Excelling at watersports, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit yourself for aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get a 90-minute standup-paddleboarding lesson and rental (a $55 value) from I Kayak Sarasota. Lessons are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cast off from Bird Key Park.
I Kayak Sarasota's instructors lead cadres of adventurers through an introductory standup-paddleboarding lesson across the calm, shallow waters of Sarasota Bay. During the 90-minute introductory session, I Kayak's guides conduct a quick lesson on safety, offering tips on the local waters and how to train seagulls to lift you on and off the board, before teaching fledgling paddlers how to stand, turn, and gracefully skirt across the aquatic playground. The lesson lasts about 20 minutes, then standing surfers have about an hour of free board time to roam the bay, search for manatees and dolphins, and mock slow-moving seaweed.
I Kayak Sarasota
The spindly branches of mangrove trees dip into Sarasota waters, often creating channels just wide enough to admit one kayak. But despite the narrow nature of these waterways, the guides of I Kayak Sarasota—all Sarasota natives—navigate them with ease. They do this while leading kayakers on tours that uncover different aspects of the bay’s natural splendor without revealing its real secret—that it’s actually a giant’s bathtub. One tour showcases the mangrove tunnels where tourists might see manatees and dolphins, and the other grants guests views of the sunset from the middle of the bay. In addition, I Kayak Sarasota offers standup-paddleboard lessons, which incorporate balance and core fitness into wave-top adventures.
100 Bird Key Dr.
Sarasota, Florida 34236