Watersports such as paddleboarding and waterskiing combine surfing’s thrill of standing on water with the freedom to disagree with the current’s sense of direction. Keep your dignity afloat with today’s Groupon from Miami Beach Water Adventures. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a two-hour guided paddleboard tour (a $70 value).
- For $99, you get a one-hour waterskiing, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding lesson (a $200 value).
Miami Beach Water Adventures’ experienced instructors lead small groups on two-hour paddleboard escapes around islands and over reefs, exploring both the natural and manmade beauty of the city’s surroundings. First-time wave riders receive one-on-one instruction by the beach and, like newborn giraffes, usually achieve mobility within 10 minutes. Green tour-goers stick to the bay, and more experienced paddlers take immediately to the deeper waters for instant infusions of eyeball-delighting sights. Propelled by the rippling currents beneath them, groups set off in search of famous vistas such as Fisher Island and Key Biscayne, carefully steering with the aid of their paddles. Dolphins, manta rays, and turtles occasionally float in the wake of the board’s smooth passage, and schools of colorful fish dart through the tropically touched waters underfoot like fireworks. The tour includes a board, paddle, and life vest for each visitor, leaving guests to provide only their own swimsuits and senses of balance.
Instructor Craig Hill infuses bodies with new aquatic skills in one-hour watersports lessons that cover waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. Students strap on all the necessary gear on shore before Miami Beach Water Adventures’ boat tows them out to wide-open waterways free from speed bumps disguised as waves. A dedicated captain guides the craft, kicking up an exciting wake for towees to frolic in. Hill shares continual instruction and encouragement from the boat’s aft deck, pointing out technique revisions and giving the thumbs-up to particularly accurate dolphin impressions.
Each member of Miami Beach Water Adventures’ staff possesses thorough safety training to confidently lead excursions and win small fortunes on Safety Jeopardy!. A portion of the organization’s profits goes to aid the Shake-A-Leg charity in Coconut Grove, which opens the world of watersports to physically, mentally, or economically impaired members of the community.