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: for $67, you get a full-day kayaking lesson from Renaissance Adventure Guides (a $129 value). This Groupon also gets you $29 off your next lesson. This deal is valid for any one of the following courses: Introduction to Kayaking on Boulder Reservoir, Introduction to Kayaking on Chatfield Reservoir, Fundamentals of Kayaking on the Colorado River, Fundamentals of Kayaking on the South Platte River, River Kayaking on the Colorado River, Whitewater Kayaking on the Colorado River, and Whitewater Kayaking Adventure on the Roaring Fork. This Groupon includes all equipment but does not cover Chatfield State Park’s $8 entrance fee or Boulder Reservoir's $6 fee.
During Renaissance Adventure Guides’ introductory courses, budding 'yakers learn the basic technique for navigating a river with a pointy plastiboat. ACA-certified instructors will explain the equipment and talk about the physics of kayak motion before turning you loose on the watery foundation of Chatfield or Boulder Reservoir's calm, still surface. 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 or bow rescue.
Once nautical novices have established a firm grip on basic techniques, safety precautions, and paddling, more advanced courses through scenic venues such as the whitewater canyons of the Colorado River, the green urban oasis of Denver's South Platte, or the majestic turns of the Roaring Fork challenge paddlers with swift-moving rapids and tougher, brass-knuckled river features.
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.
Washington Park West
730 E Center Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80209