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 to Outdoor Adventure Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a three-hour Dutch oven cooking class at the River House (a $107.81 value).
- For $89, you get a half-day river-kayaking basics course on the Skykomish River with all equipment included (a $194.93 value).
Outdoor Adventure Center, an American Canoe Association pro school, makes it easy to experience the great non-indoors by offering professional instruction from an experienced staff and quality equipment for a wide range of activities. Guests opting for an outdoorsy cooking experience can enroll in the three-hour Dutch oven cooking class, located at Outdoor Adventure Center’s River House. Burgeoning chefs will learn how to cook rustic meals over hot coals, season cast iron, and achieve proper temperatures. Learn recipes and methods for preparing dishes such as berry cobbler, chicken casserole, cornbread, and twice-baked potatoes in addition to maintaining the Dutch oven’s integrity by reading it selections from The Book of Virtues.
Novices learn the basics of inflatable kayaking during half-day river-kayaking-basics courses, held on the Skykomish River. Students take to inflatable kayaks as instructors lead them on a brief trip and share essential river-conquering skills, such as river safety, paddling techniques, recovery methods, and how to tell the difference between salmon and a bear wearing a salmon costume. The small classes take place on Class 1-3 whitewater, easily negotiable for beginners and moderately challenging for those with previous experience or water-soluble arms. Classes are suitable for all ages 14 and up with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian.
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.