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 from Outdoor Adventure Center. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get a Wild Sky Escape raft trip (an $86.03 value). Trips are offered Monday through Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
- For $39, you get a Redmond to Redhook kayak tour (an $81.75 value).
- For $39, you get a two-hour paddleboard lesson (an $86.03 value).
Outdoor Adventure Center, an American Canoe Association pro school, makes it easy to experience the great nonindoors by offering professional instruction from an experienced staff and quality equipment for a wide realm of activities. Guests can navigate a whitewater raft through the north-central Cascade Mountains during the Wild Sky Escape raft trip, which leads whitewater warriors on a campaign down the Class III–IV rapids (some are class V at high water) of the Skykomish River. Voyagers will squeal with joy as they paddle through a gauntlet of challenging rapids, ranging from the notorious Boulder Drop to the uncannily familiar Déjà vu. Helmets, life jackets, paddles, and grindylow repellant are included in the adventure.
The Redmond to Redhook kayak tour invites paddlers to indulge in a more languid excursion on the Sammamish River, coasting amid the scents of foliage and helpful boating tips from geese, wrens, and kingfishers. Customers are invited to recoup energy spent paddle-jousting at the Redhook Brewery or stop in to the Forecasters Pub for a craft brew (not included in this Groupon). Alternatively, landwalkers can master the art of stand-up paddleboarding with a two-hour lesson on a serene waterscape. After equipping students with paddles and boards, aqua gurus will instruct students on basic paddling techniques, recovery methods, and equipment knowledge.
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.