Paddleboarding combines the functionality of Italian gondolas with the style of hydrophobic surfers. Enjoy this aquatic intermingling with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour standup-paddleboard eco-tour (a $60 value) or lesson (up to a $75 value) at Yolo Board Adventures in Fort Myers and Sanibel. Schedules are flexible and based on wind and tides. Please call ahead to make a reservation.
Yolo Board Adventures’ experienced instructors and guides acquaint aquasplorers with the sport of standup paddleboarding and the wildlife of nearby waterways. During one-hour eco-tours, boarders skim serenely across the water's surface, spying wildlife from elevated vantage points typically reserved for birds and paper-airplane pilots. Paddlers cruise down channels and explore wetlands while under the watchful eye of guides trained in CPR and first aid. To ensure a fun and safe adventure, guests are outfitted with the proper paddleboards and equipment, and tours are scheduled based on experience level—ensuring no one is left behind or tempted to bolt ahead in search of event horizons.
A similarly enthralling workout, the one-hour-long private lesson introduces first-timers to boards and the outwardly surly—but secretly kind-hearted—paddles. After a quick introduction on land, students embark on the water to practice stance, paddling technique, and etiquette. Paddling apprentices are garbed in all needed equipment and wrap up lessons exploring the aquatic environs while taking tips from attentive coaches and verbose fish.