Unlike traditional surfing's lackadaisical attitudes, paddleboarding restores aquatic order by arming riders with a paddle to increase balance, aid steering, and spank misbehaving waves. Deter oceanic outbursts with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour intro-to-standup-paddleboarding class (a $55 value) from Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures in Westport.
Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures' aqueous instructors equip riders with the building blocks for surfing success with comprehensive courses and hands-on demonstrations. During the two-hour intro-to-standup-paddleboarding class, certified instructors help small classes of students brush up on body-boating basics atop the calm, protected waterways of the Westport River. Armed with top-of-the-line equipment, including boards, paddles, and masks shaped like each rider's favorite waterfowl, students learn how to keep their balance, paddle properly, and navigate eddying currents safely and quickly. Osprey's intro lessons shove off at high tide every Saturday and are calibrated to all levels of surfing experience. In the event of days marred by inclement weather or Loch Ness Monster impersonators, lessons may be rescheduled for cleared conditions.