What You'll Get
Take a closer look at your local waterways with today's side deal to Next Adventure: for $29, you get a four-hour introduction to sea kayaking class on the Willamette River and around Ross Island, a $65 value. All the necessary equipment is included, and no experience is necessary.
Suited to both absolute beginners who've never submerged so much as a toe and sea kayakers with some rudimentary experience and water-confidence alike, this class teaches interested parties the basic skills of sea kayaking, and lays a solid foundation for future exploration. Under the tutelage of Next's experienced, attentive guides, you'll wield your paddle like a double-bladed lightsaber and navigate the water like so many superfluous stormtroopers. You'll shove off from Sellwood Park and bear north toward Ross Island, where you'll have the chance not only to experiment with the sensations of kayaking, but to whip out your binoculars and spy osprey, eagles, herons, and other elegant avians.
Born in 1999 as a used-gear shop, Next prides itself on supplying irrational inspiration and enthusiasm with rational, durable equipment. Since the class size is capped at six, you'll receive plenty of supervision and totally stoked encouragement from your aqualeader, and perhaps even gain a nugget of Zen-like wisdom that propels you into a life spent kayaking, even for minor trips to the drugstore. Currently, Next is offering classes on July 18 and August 22, but additional sessions will be added as demand thickens.
Bring water, some snacks, layered clothing, and shoes you don't mind getting wet. The minimum age for this Groupon is 14. Call to make your reservation.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 20, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must be at least 14 years old. Reservation required. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Next Adventure
Though Next Adventure arms adventurers with a range of outdoor gear, from standup paddleboards to alpine-ski gear for the winter months, the kayak is its specialty. Beyond the shop's sale and rental inventory of sit-on-top, whitewater, sea, and touring styles, instructors impart the ins and outs of paddling in the Next Adventure Kayak School. Their classes cover topics such as sea and whitewater kayaking, basic strokes, and techniques for rolling the vessel upright when it's overturned in the middle of a rapid. Guides also lead regular trips across the water to local landmarks such as Sauvie Island and Rooster Rock.