Before boats, the only way to traverse an ocean was to hitch a piggyback ride on a water-walking lizard. Hone your boating skills for aquatic excursions with today's Groupon: for $95, you get a one-day sailing-introduction course (a $190 value) at The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship, which sets sail from Lankford Bay Marina in Rock Hall, MD. Various dates are available July–October, Monday–Sunday, some of which include August 14, August 26, September 9, September 25, and October 16. Call for more available dates.
Behind the tiller of a 32-foot cruiser, up-and-coming captains in The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship's one-day introductory course need not have earned their sea legs before boarding. Rugged Island Packet yachts launch throughout the summer, and the Coast Guard–licensed instructors provide pupils a taste of longer-term advanced classes, as well as soundproof earmuffs in case of siren encounters. Pack a lunch for this aquatically edifying adventure, and prepare to grasp the gunwale as you marvel at Chesapeake Bay's captivating horizons and mesmerizing abundance of ripples.