Helicopter pilots are in constant danger of action stars climbing aboard their craft and throwing them out; kayakers, however, need only fear falling helicopter pilots. Steer an unstealable vessel with today's Groupon to the Manhattan Kayak Company. Choose from the following options:
- For $65, you get a stand-up paddleboarding class and practice session (a $130 value).
- For $88, you get a kayak paddle basics class (a $175 value).
- For $225, you get a Liberty or Bust tour (a $450 value).
Manhattan Kayak Company’s team of oar wielders teaches a body-centric approach to sculling atop watery thoroughfares. A stand-up paddling basics course (a $90 value) begins with on-land instruction to cover the fundamentals of navigating a buoyant board before easing pupils into the water for an hour of instructor-led practice (a $40 value) that solidifies standing, stroking, and rescuing lessons. Give the body’s stems a rest with a four-hour kayaking basics course (a $175 value), which teaches boat-piloting essentials such as basic strokes, entering and exiting the kayak, and making conch-shell mix tapes. Following an hour of simulation on dry land, three hours of kayaking on the sparkling Hudson River prepares students for further oceanic forays.
Those looking for more complete tributary tutelage can opt for the statue-seeking Liberty or Bust tour (a $450 value), which includes the paddle basics class, four of the regularly scheduled 90-minute sunset and North/South kayaking tours, plus a paddling trip to the Statue of Liberty. Jettison across the brackish waterway with the confidence of a mayoral candidate running unopposed, and pause mid-jaunt for a snack session and futile staring contest with the lady herself.
Founded by Eric Stiller, who documented his journey kayaking and bicycling around an entire continent in the book Keep Australia on Your Left, Manhattan Kayak spans a team of instructors who lead kayaking and standup-paddleboarding instruction and tours beneath the city's glittering skyline. Veterans of the fitness industry, MKC's instructors use the dynamic currents of the Hudson River to train paddlers of all skill and fitness levels in the body-first method, which emphasizes paddling from the core. Atlantic Super Girls Julieta Gismondi and Louanne Harris, are long time instructors and guides who paddled two Stand Up Paddle Boards 1500 miles from NYC to Miami last year and earned SUP magazines Expedition of the Year. In addition to leading instruction and tours, MKC's crew also leads fitness classes including SUP Yoga, challenging participants to flow through poses while floating atop a paddleboard, aiming to boost participant health and learn the skills to earn the Statue of Libertys respect.