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 Manhattan Kayak Company. Choose between the following options:
• For $39, you get a 90-minute New York After Dark kayak lesson and tour (an $80 value).
• For $69, you get a 90-minute Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Basics class and a one-hour NightSUP paddle tour (a $140 value).
Manhattan Kayak Company’s team of expert oar wielders teaches a body-centric approach to sculling atop watery thoroughfares . A 90-minute New York After Dark kayak lesson and tour unleashes nascent mariners upon the fluvial highways of the Hudson River after a 15–20 minute tutorial outlining the fundamentals of paddling. Floating sightseers then embark upon waters fire-tinged by the retreating sun as the tour heads north or south of Pier 66, depending on currents and the wind’s workout schedule. Navigators take in the multihued crest of the Empire State Building as well as the Chrysler Building effulgent in its on-the-town finery.
Those opting for the NightSUP paddle must first partake in a 90-minute SUP Basics class either on the day of the tour or on a prior date. Students practice leveraging their entire bodies during the land-based lesson, after which they pilot their aquatic steeds on a one-hour NightSUP tour that skims across the brackish waterway and affords panoramic views of the glistering skyline. Paddle pushers who have already taken a SUP Basics course can elect to attend two NightSUP tours in lieu of the lesson.
Though not included in today’s deal, a limited number of wetsuits are available for rental on the day of the tour for $5. Peruse the online calendar for tour and class schedules.
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.