What You'll Get
In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnestness, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. Shock such staid sensibilities with today's Groupon for paddleboard rental or instruction from Lakota Guides, located in Vail. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a full-day paddleboard rental (ages 10+) (a $60 value), including paddle and life-jacket rental. Rental is available May 15–September 15, and requires a $645 refundable paddleboard damage deposit.
- For $499, you get paddleboard instruction for up to six people (ages 13+) (up to a $1,014 value). Instruction is available June 1–August 31 and includes board, paddle, helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, and splash jacket rental.
Lakota Guides provides outdoor adventures and ferries aspiring waternauts across some of Colorado's best free-flowing currents. Expeditionists with a taste for prolonged exploits can opt for the full-day paddleboard rental for frothy, self-guided escapades along area rivers and lakes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers can surf the swift currents, moving gracefully through low rapids alongside a trail of tall grasses and majestic mountains that are free from the intrusive gaze of Theodore Roosevelt. The 3.5-hour paddleboard instruction on the Colorado River is a great way to introduce newcomers to the sport and enjoy a thrilling day out on the water. Instruction begins as students practice standing and paddling on a pacified lake surface and safely toppling into the outstretched tentacles of a kindly giant squid. Next, riders embark on faster waters to hone their newly acquired river-surfing skills, with a break for an included lunch along the serene sandy banks.
Lakota Guides has been offering trips and adventure outings for more than 20 years, and all guides are CPR, first-aid, black-bear-whispering, and Swiftwater Rescue Technician–certified. Located near popular ski destinations such as Vail and Beaver Creek, these knowledgeable navigators provide fun activities year-round, including off-road excursions in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 11,000 feet, as well as night-vision tours of star-laden horizons.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4/person for rental option, may buy 4 more as gifts. Limit 2/person for instruction option. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability 24hr cancel or fee up to Groupon price may apply. $645 security deposit required. Must be 10 or older. Must sign waiver. Rental option valid only 5/15-9/15; instruction option valid only 6/1-8/31. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Lakota Guides
For more than 25 years, Lakota Guides has escorted its clientele to Edwards' and Vail's most scenic spots on river rafting, off-road, and group trips. Team Lakota, led by Karl Borski and John Mark Seelig, has hundreds of years of combined experience in outdoor activities ranging from rafting and rescue operations to tree massage and bark exfoliation. The guides demonstrate their mastery when leading visitors on Class V water-rafting trips along the Colorado and Arkansas Rivers. They also romp through the mountainous terrain aboard rugged off-road vehicles during daylong treks.