Herbert Hoover won America's hearts and votes when he promised a college-educated chicken in every pot and a kayak in every garage. Get a taste of the American dream with today's Groupon: a full-day Introduction to River Kayaking lesson (a $120 value) from Renaissance Adventure Guides, at Chatfield State Park or Boulder Reservoir. This Groupon does not cover Chatfield State Park’s $7 entrance fee or Boulder Reservoir's $6 fee, though it does grant you 10% off your next Renaissance Adventure kayaking lesson.
In an Introduction to River Kayaking course, budding 'yakers learn the basic technique for navigating a river with a pointy plastiboat. Renaissance Adventure’s ACA-certified instructors will explain the equipment and talk about the physics of kayak motion before turning you loose in the river. Waterborne, you’ll master maneuvering and fundamental strokes (sweep, forward, and stern draw) while learning to react to the water’s many moods by bracing or making it a home-cooked meal. You’ll also learn to right a dis-upright craft by doing a hip snap, Eskimo roll, or T-rescue. Lessons take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and your Groupon is valid until September 30; call ahead to reserve a spot on the water, and be sure to check the list of what to bring.
Kayakers must be in good shape and at least 16 years old.
Renaissance Adventure Guides, LLC
Lyle Phetteplace fell in love with the outdoors and his home state of Colorado at an early age. Today, he runs Renaissance Adventure Guides so he can pursue his passion and allow others to experience adventure, too. The excursions he curates include hiking, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, and even sea kayaking, a skill beginners hone on the lakes of Colorado before moving on to distant ocean destinations, such as Costa Rica. Lyle and his team also design guided travel tours of the country, which presents excellent terrain for hiking, backpacking, and other activities.
The staff at Renaissance Adventure Guides believe outdoor adventures can bring people closer to their fellow participants and to the environment, so they treat each experience differently. They customize adventures to suit the abilities and goals of their customers, while also keeping groups at a manageable size so everyone receives personal attention and a unique, secret high-five. Because safety is always at the forefront of any expedition, they also offer avalanche training with instructors qualified by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. Additionally, they pass along their love of exploring to children through kids camps filled with days paddling the river.