Commuting via boat has a number of advantages: there are no traffic jams, there are no hitchhikers with hooks for teeth, and if you hit a deer it's definitely the deer's fault. Refine the skills needed to row the open water with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a four-week Learn to Row class (a $99 value) at Lake Union Crew, located on the shore of Lake Union. Housed entirely on a pair of USCG-certified vessels, Lake Union Crew is a world-class rowing club where qualified coaches help first-timers flirt or fall in love with the sport of rowing. The Learn to Row class offers a year-round schedule of four-week sessions that introduces paddle padawans to the art of riding the road less traveled by segues, cars, and timid swimmers. Classes meet three times a week for a total of twelve 90-minute sessions, allowing enough time for bodies to align with the boat’s mesmerizing rhythms, to tone legs and cores, and to tame fears of the briny, mysterious deep.
- It's easy to say no to a sweaty, dingy gym early in the morning. However, once you watch the sun rise over the Cascades as you skim across the glassy waters of the Montlake Cut in a sleek rowing shell, you'll never go back. – Malia Makowicki, Seattle Weekly
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