Not participating in outdoor adventure sports can lead to decreased adrenaline levels, atrophied high-fiving muscles, and diminished abilities to recognize the smell of fear. Experience the excitement of raging rapids with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get $65 toward a kayak lesson at Wilderness Experiences Unlimited in Southwick. Choose from indoor and outdoor lessons, workshops, and excursions for all experience levels.
Wilderness Experiences' ACA–certified kayak gurus school all kayakers—from seasoned paddlers to amateur guppies—in small class sizes and skills-suited environments, from a calming indoor swimming pool to whirling whitewater rivers. In its indoor Learn to Kayak clinic ($70), Chief Kayak schools the kayak-curious about different types of kayaks and edifies them on basic maneuvering and safety. The two-hour Kayak Rolling & Stroke clinic ($70) imparts insight for those seeking understanding of stroking and rolling techniques necessary for advanced kayakers and inept cat owners. Outdoor workshops include the three-hour Recreation Kayak Intro workshop, in which new oar-shovers acclimate themselves to rowing in flowing water ($65), or the Kayak Self Rescue workshop, in which paddle-pushers learn how to react to sudden capsizings and prolonged hat-fittings ($65).
This Groupon can also be used toward whitewater kayaking and kayak touring workshops ($100), as well as River & Lake Kayaking excursions ($85). Wilderness Experiences provides all equipment, but welcomes students to bring their own. Clinics and workshops, like werewolf transformations, take place roughly once per month. Check the schedule for age restrictions, and call to reserve a spot in class.
Westfield Water Sports and Wilderness Experiences
Westfield Water Sports and Wilderness Experiences—a kayak, SUP, camping, and scuba gear shop as well as a camping store and adventure emporium—dispatches a staff of certifiable adventure-seekers to lead sojourners into the great outdoors with scuba classes, kayak classes, dive and non-dive world travel, and rock-climbing excursions. An all-around outdoorsman, camp director T. Scott Cook leans on his doctorate of Leadership Development in Adventure Education to develop nature excursions, including far-flung trips where groups snorkel in the Cayman Islands or evolve gills in the Galapagos. Back home, the summer camp’s elaborate ropes course builds teamwork between coworkers, and caving adventures allow guests to delve into mysterious depths or apartment swap with a black bear.
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