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    Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Kayak Chicago
    Maybe you're missing a sense of adventure in your life. Or maybe you just can't get enough of it. Or maybe you really, really like getting wet. Whatever the reason, this introductory Stand up Paddle Boarding course is sure to hit the mark. Designed for those new to the sport, you'll be practicing the fundamentals in the controlled environment of an olympic-sized swimming pool. You'll get an introduction into the board itself, learning about different types and parts of kayaks, and familiarizing yourself with all of the nomenclature. Then you'll work on paddle stroke techniques on the water, as well as practicing capsizing contingencies, such as wet exits and cowboy rescues. After this class is complete, you'll have the foundation you need to take the next steps in mastering a sport that will open the way to a lifetime of adventure. Or getting wet. Whichever.
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    Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson

    Chicago SUP
    Ready to dive -- but not fall! -- into the wet world of stand-up paddle boarding? Learn the basics and proper techniques to stay and paddling and having a blast. Ease into beginner paddling while being guided by the pros. Stand-up paddle boarding, which is a fairly easy sport to grasp, is much better and easier to learn with the right tools and instruction. Your lesson will include a 30-minute session with in-water lessons from an experienced instructor. After the lesson, you'll have the remainder of the hour to hone your newly acquired talents. Expect to be comfortably paddling through the waves in no time!
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    Learn to Kayak

    Kayak Chicago
    Escape from the bustle of the Chicago sprawl with an adventure right in its midst! Designed for those who are a little wet behind the ears, this introductory class will get you started by building a strong foundation of kayaking know-how. You'll be taking to the water on the Chicago River, launching right from Downtown Chicago. Once on the water, you'll focus solely on your paddling technique during a safe, leisurely row. This class is designed for those who aren't quite ready to take on capsizing and rescue drills, making it the perfect first step into a new life of on-the-water adventure. Learn while exploring the the river, with Chicago buildings rising up on either side, and discover a life of adventure that will never sink your expectations!
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    Fireworks Paddle

    Kayak Chicago
    Blow up your previous notions of a fun with an urban escapade for the ages! You'll have the best seats in the city to watch the Navy Pier fireworks show. That's because you'll be sitting in a kayak directly below as blasts of color light up the tranquil waters around you! But half the fun is in getting there and back, as this kayaking escape takes you down the Chicago River at night, with the lights of the buildings rising high on either side. All told, you'll venture six miles on the water, making for a nighttime row you can savor. While some athletic ability is recommended, all skill levels are welcome on this voyage, whether you've ever stepped foot into a kayak or not. Let the thrill of the night ignite your imagination, and add a little spark to your life!
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    City Lights Paddle

    Kayak Chicago
    This nighttime adventure is so riveting you're basically guaranteed to wet yourself. Hop into a kayaking and explore the Chicago River during a guided tour in which you over six miles of water. As you row, you'll be mesmerized by the lights of Chicago at night rising high on either side of you and reflecting off of the water all around you. Your guide will point out some of the historical sights along the way, but this ride is more about letting the thrill of an evening excursion take over your imagination and fuel your sense of awe. Whether you've got some experience paddling or a you're a complete novice, you'll appreciate this intimate perspective of the urban landscape. Quench your thirst for fun with journey through the heart of Chicago.
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    Cross Country Skiing

    Discovery Center
    When you think "Chicago," cross country skiing likely doesn't come to mind. It's generally pizza, hot dogs, and "DA BEARS." Invigorate your body this winter and undertake the viking pastime of cross country skiing. Geared towards beginners, take advantage of the parks and forest preserves that have become a hot bed for cross country skiing in Chicago. An alternative to winter running, cross country skiing provides an excellent cardio boost during what would be your bear-like hibernation. Spend a day getting in shape and enjoying the nature within Chicago. Who knows? Maybe you just found your next big hobby.
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    Scuba Introduction

    Scuba Emporium
    Do you have a yearning sense of adventure? Are you more comfortable in water than on land? Discover scuba diving under the supervision of a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) professional! Learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including the core basic concepts, and scuba skills. When you participate in this class, you will discover the freedom of the waters and even your own serenity. As soon as you complete this class, which includes an informative lesson as well as a diving lesson, you'll be on your way to an internationally recognized certification. Get ready to dive today!
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    Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour

    Discovery Center
    See Chicago from a completely new perspective... from the seat of a kayak. On this kayak tour, uncover the unique architecture and history that makes Chicago so, um, Chicago! You'll begin with an introduction to paddle strokes, group dynamics, and river safety. From there, enjoy a guided tour on the river, paddling through the great urban canyon betwixt skyscrapers. Learn the stories of how the city came to be and grew up along the river. This isn't something to be missed.
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    Canoeing

    Discovery Center
    Sometimes, you just need to escape the city life, requiring the calmness of nature. Why not spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observing herons and other wildlife in Fox River, Illinois? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day. Here, you'll paddle through Fox River, listening to the soft streams of the river paired with chirping birds and lovely exploration. For those of you in need of a day-cation or simply an escape, Fox River is the ultimate place to relax.
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    Downhill Ski Trip

    Discovery Center
    So, where are the mountains in downtown Chicago? You may not find 'em on Michigan Ave, but Discovery Center will take you to the best skiing in the area, with everything being arranged and organized for you. Amid beautiful surroundings, learn the safety, skills, and incredible fun behind skiing. Take to the hills, bunny or monstrous, and blaze down, having the time of your life. After the rush of skiing, enjoy complete relaxation in the lodge, in front of a crackling fire, and meet new friends. Join the fun and excitement behind skiing Chicago-style.
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