Like feral cats and domesticated roommates, bodies of water enjoy being poked with paddles every now and then. Give a nearby water body a relaxing paddle puncture with today’s Groupon from Outdoor Adventure Center. Choose from the following options:
• For $39, you get a two-hour adult stand-up paddleboard lesson on Lake Sammamish (an $85.80 value).
• For $39, you get a two-hour kids’ stand-up paddleboard lesson on Lake Sammamish (an $85.80 value).
• For $45, you get a gold-panning family raft adventure on the Skykomish River (a $103.17 value) in Index.
• For $799, you get enrollment in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Camp in Index, August 7–12, valid for campers age 14–17 (a $1,732.17 value).
Outdoor Adventure Center, an American Canoe Association pro school, makes it easy to experience the great nonindoors by offering professional instruction from an experienced staff and quality equipment for a wide realm of activities. Novices can learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding during two-hour lessons held on the still surface of Lake Sammamish. Students stand upright on a floating board as instructors lead them on a brief trip and share essential skills, such as paddling techniques, recovery methods, and how to tell the difference between native fish and a bear wearing a salmon costume. The small classes begin close to the shore and, like a swan with 20/20 vision, move further out on the water as pupils grow acclimated to the activity.
Guests can commandeer a vessel and man a pan during the gold-panning family raft adventure, which introduces aspiring forty-niners to the basics of striking gold as they float down the scenic Skykomish River. Guides apprise paddlers of local history and lead them in pirate songs while they search for shiny flakes to adorn dental braces. Teens can bolster their decision-making, communication, and responsibility skills during the six-day, overnight Outdoor Adventure Leadership Camp. Campers participate in numerous surf 'n' turf activities, such as hiking, rafting, camping, and building pillow forts out of nonpoisonous mushrooms, while learning leadership qualities and enjoying the scenic foothills of the Cascades.
Outdoor Adventure Center
The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.