Floating on water allows humans to defy gravity in a much safer way than putting a saddle on an egret or wearing parachute pants in the oscillating-fan aisle. Eschew earth's pull the safe way with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a 90-minute standup paddleboard lesson at Tahoe Paddle & Oar in Kings Beach, California (a $100 value). Lessons are held on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. Choose from the following dates:
• August 31
• September 7
• September 14
• September 21
• September 28
Tahoe Paddle & Oar steers novice standup paddlers through the crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe. The aquatic adventure starts with instruction on safety and paddling techniques before groups head out onto a puddle 1,645 feet deep. Amid a pristine backdrop of rich forests and undulating mountaintops, floaters learn the ripple-riding ropes of standup paddling. The buoyant experts at Tahoe Paddle & Oar employ SurfTech Softop boards that are made with a comfortable padded top and stable enough to be commandeered by surface skimmers of all levels. As water travelers acclimate to the aqua vehicles, they can peer down into the lake's lucid waters with visibility up to 70 feet, the depth at which mermaids feed.
Tahoe Paddle & Oar
Shadows from drifting kayaks spill across the bottom of the lake, the clear water offering almost no interference in the view of the lake floor. Guests float on the pristine waters as expert guides lead them through miles of waterways filled with wildlife views on guided tours. Beginners can practice their skills in an outdoor pool during lessons that cover basic paddling techniques, ocean safety, and mermaid etiquette. Guests who fall in love with the peaceful sport may purchase their own kayak or stand up paddle board at the store, or rent one and take advantage of the free instruction and gear that comes with each rental.