If you’re looking for something fun to do with your significant other, friend or maybe that random date on Valentine’s Day, check out Central Coast Archery. I have to say it was TOTALLY intimidating getting ready to shoot that first arrow, but it was so much fun!
Joel helped us get started and give us the basics. As he was showing us how to hold the bow, position the arrow, and release, I had visions of my arrow ricocheting off each and every wall only to somehow boomerang back to us at full speed.
Luckily, Joel’s direction was right on par and that didn’t quite happen. My arrows definitely wavered the first few rounds, but as our hour progressed, my shot got a little steadier (and straighter).
They start you off with a target that’s about 20 ft from you. Then you shoot about 3-4 arrows each round before going to collect your arrows from the target. After a few rounds we slowly kept moving the target further and further back until we were goin’ long.
Tips so that you can show up like a pro:
- It’s $20 per person for an hour to shoot with equipment provided
- There are 8 lanes total, so call ahead to reserve your spot
- They do have classes weekly and also a league in progress (yes, league!)
- Once you pick your lane with the other archers, before you fire your first arrow, the cue to say is “Range Hot”. As long as someone in the lineup says it, you’re good to go. This signals to everyone that arrows are about to start flyin’.
- Once the last archer is done shooting, the all clear signal is “Range Clear” to go gather your arrows (from your bullseye, of course)
We’re hooked and definitely going back soon.
After such a fun experience, we resorted to our couch to keep the archery vibes going and watched none other than Disney’s 1973 classic, Robin Hood. Maid Marian is hands down the best Disney princess. She’s just.. how should I say it… way foxier than all the others, right?
Central Coast Archery was started by Scott Wilson and his sons (one being Joel). They’re located at 12334 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo (by Rib Line). Check them out and happy shooting, archers!