When all land is covered in water due to the extreme popularity of in-ground swimming pools, stand-up paddleboarding will be the only way to get to work or professional wet-baseball games. Prepare for the deluge by taking advantage of today’s Groupon: for $22, you get an hour-long semi-private stand-up paddleboarding lesson and an additional hour of paddleboarding free play (a $45 total value, tax included) from Paddleboard Orlando.
Stand-up paddleboarding combines paddling and surfing. The semi-private lesson at Paddleboard Orlando includes a board, paddle, and personal-flotation device. During the one-hour, beginner-friendly lesson, a professional instructor will teach new boarders the basic positions, techniques, and etiquette of paddleboarding. No more than five participants are allowed in any group to ensure no one sits out if the class chooses to challenge another team to a pick-up basketball game. After you’ve mastered the art of walking on water, stick around for an additional hour of water-top gliding that will strengthen your core and improve your balance.
Stand-up paddleboarding is a great opportunity for family exercise excursions or discovering uncharted islands owned by Pat Boone. Groupon-exclusive classes at Paddleboard Orlando are offered from Monday to Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Call ahead to schedule.
Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach
Perched on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach populates Florida’s placid waves with professional-grade standup paddleboards and kayaks cared for by expert guides. Whether leading beginners’ lessons in a protected lagoon or explaining the nuances of vehicle control before sending guests on a free-wheeling rental, the team prepares guests for jaunts around the waterway’s palm-lined shores. Pushing off from the center’s North Causeway dock, two-hour tours find the guides in their natural element, shepherding guests toward wildlife areas saturated with manatees, dolphins, and wrestlers practicing for the alligator bonus round at the next big meet.