Although it is still January, the summer will arrive in no-time, and you’ll be looking for the best ways to make it memorable, so you can talk about all the activities and the fun stuff you’ve done when the weather gets cold again.
In this article you’ll read about 10 water adventures you’ll have to try once the weather becomes warm enough so you can hit the beach, or any other body of water, whatsoever! OK, maybe you don’t really have to try any of these, it is completely up to you and your choice, but if you do, we guarantee that you’ll have something not only to talk about with your friends, but also a new favourite activity you’ll become more-less obsessed with. So, here’s the list of 10 adventure sports you may want to try this summer.
1. Surfing Or Skimboarding
Although classic, any list that talks about summer adventurous sports is unimaginable without surfing. It does sound easy in theory – all you have to do is swim on the board, wait for the right wave and then make all the visitors of the beach admire your ability, right? Well, as we’ve said – yes, in theory. Practical part is a bit trickier. So trickier that some people consider surfing one of the most difficult sports in the world! You’ll need surfing board and the waves.
You’ll have to learn how to be concentrated enough so you don’t miss out on the wave. You’ll have to learn a completely new way of maintaining your balance, because it is completely different on the hard ground, and on the water surface. You’ll also have to be patient enough and do your best not to give up, because it will take some time to learn the basics. And last, but not the least – you’ll have to be ready to withstand possible laugh or two, because it is more likely you’ll be falling a lot from your board than not.
But once you learn the basics and successfully catch your first wave, packing up the board and going home will be one of the hardest things you’ll have to do when the end of the summer or your vacation draws near. Once it gets into your blood, it is quite hard getting rid of it.
You may also like to try skim boarding. It is similar to surfing, you’ll also need board, but the skim board is way smaller than the one used for surfing, and it is more suitable for days when there are no waves. But, beware – for skimboarding you’ll have to find a sand beach and watch out for the rocks. Also, if you’re new to it and are still learning basics, it is best to find some isolated place, because there will be lots of running, board jumping and therefore falling included.
2. Diving Family – Scuba, Free And Close Relative Snorkelling
If you prefer being under the water and exploring the sea world than being on the water surface and swimming around, diving or snorkelling are the best options for you.
You may need to go through the basic course before you go deep, and you’ll also have to be strong enough to carry oxygen tank and other equipment. This type of diving will give you the opportunity to explore deep parts of the underwater world, but you can also visit shipwrecks, underwater caves, cities, etc., or simply hang out around the wild life. So get your camera ready.
If you want to do the same, but minus the oxygen tank, the free diving activity is the right choice for you. You won’t need much of equipment, but it is recommended going through the course before you go out to the sea, because you’ll have to learn how to keep your breath and breathe properly, and how to behave in water to avoid any possible problems or hazards.
Although diving is not crucial and you could be completely happy with snorkelling magical ability of relaxing and complete peace, it is still one of the most spread activities around the world during summer. You’ll need a mask, pair of fins (optional), swimming vest and a swimsuit. You won’t need much to do it, simply put these on and start swimming around, observing what is going on under you.
But, if the simple snorkelling is not enough for you, there are some other options:
- Reef snorkelling is the type of snorkelling where you go and explore coral reefs, see local fishes and admire local nature. Basically any reef should do, but you may google out the most beautiful places for snorkelling reefs, and you won’t be sorry.
- Cage snorkelling is indented for those who love to feel the adrenaline rush. You’ll be snorkelling in cage, safe but in company of the sharks, whales and other predators who live under the surface. It is completely safe, you won’t forget it, but it does require a hefty dose of bravery. Some aquariums also offer this adventure.
- Sailing and snorkelling is a combination of these two sports. First, sail to some island, then jump into the water and start snorkelling around, until you find something beautiful and worth the effort.
- Boat snorkelling is great for reaching some hidden reefs, shipwrecks or similar stuff. Some boat tours are purely made for snorkelling and will take you to the best places available.
3. Jet Skiing
If you don’t want to swim longer routes but would like to visit as much area as possible, using a jet ski is great option. It will allow you to visit any wanted location, and you don’t need any kind of licence, just basic training will do. Get all the needed safety gear and hop on!
First great thing about jet skiing is the fact that sea creatures are within the hand reach, and you may almost feel them while you ride. You may run into dolphins, other wildlife, and admire them from real close distance, compared boat.
You may also combine it with fishing, but it does require a bit more skill than usual fishing does, although the final outcome may be way more satisfying, because of all the excitement and the chance to clearly see what is going on under you while you fish.
4. Water Skiing
If you look for the activity to test your balance, look no more! This sport is one of those you just can’t skip when you write about adventurous sports. It does require a bit of body condition, so if you plan on trying the water skiing, make sure you work out at least for a while and gain enough strength in your both upper and lower body, because you’ll need it to do it successfully.
Remember, you’ll have to hold the towing rope and try to balance on the surface while being dragged at the same time. It is not age restricted, but considering the strength needed for it, if you opt out to try it you may end up disappointed in case you lack the strength. But if you manage to pull it off, it will be great memory! And check the water skis that fit you.
If you want to feel the sea the way old pirates like Edward “Blackbeard” Teach or “Long” John Silver did, sailing/or boating/ is your wanted activity. Set your sails up, and let the wind guide you. But first, make sure you’ve learned all the needed stuff, like how to rig a sail, what equipment do you need, how to move, basic manoeuvres…
It does require a boat and a bit of skill and patience, but once you get into the sailing, you’ll be looking for any opportunity to get back to the water again. Also, you’ll have to be ready to sail in every weather conditions, and you’ll need proper safety gear and equipment.
Smaller and lighter alternative to sailing is known as windsurfing. It is a combination of sailing and surfing, because of the sail attached to the surfboard. You’ll need a windsurfing board, a windsurfing wetsuit, a sail and a will to try it out. Crucial thing is setting the sail up, so to do it properly you’ll have to call for professional help, or you may end up moving in unwanted direction because you’ve skipped something or attached something wrongly.
Loosely connected to surfing, this add on to our adventurous sports list shares the same principle with classic surfing, but the shape of the board is way different, and so are techniques. Unlike classic surfing, the bodyboarding is done on a rectangular hydrodynamic board, and you don’t have to stand up once you catch the wave, you may simply lay down on your board and let the wave take you back towards the shore. For full enjoyment, you’ll need matching fins.
If you prefer to be above the surface but near the water enough to see under you, and don’t want to listen to the sound of the engine on your jet ski, you may decide for kayaking. Kayak can usually be used by one or two people, and you’ll use two blades to paddle to a place where you want to stop and enjoy. You can do it everywhere – from the rapids, streams or river, to lakes, seas or oceans, or even near waterfalls.
There are different styles of kayaking:
- White water kayaking is reserved for those who love to do it in wild and fast waters, like going down the waterfalls, rapids…
- Freestyle kayaking is the style of kayaking based on tricks, like backflips or stand up paddle boarding
- Sea kayaking most often means slow paced trip with the idea of visiting different caves or islands you can’t reach on a boat or if you don’t want to disturb the sea life with the sound of the engine. Some places even have kayak touring as an option.
- Competitive kayaking is the type of kayaking where the main part of your activity is the race among your friends.
- Kayak camping is the type of camping where you go from place to place on your kayak, while carrying your tent and gear inside your vessel.
For tandem-based activity you may go for canoeing instead. The same idea as with the kayaking, but you’ll be using shorter paddles in an open boat while sitting on a bench. All the other parts are the same.
8. White Water Rafting
Some people say it is dangerous, but if you plan on spending your summer somewhere near the river, this may be the best way to change the pace and scenery from all the hiking and backpacking. It requires heavy dose of teamwork to successfully overcome any rapids along the way, so it is great team activity. Many river-based campsites offer this type of activity, so it shouldn’t be problem to find it.
Most popular among girls, this water sport is considered to be a great aerobic workout that will tone up the body and help the arms and abdomen stay strong. It is fun because you’ll have to control the kite, while surfing along the way. Of course, beside the kiteboards, which are not expensive, you’ll also need the help from the wind for this to work. And it is type of sport you’ll learn in a few days.
OK, we guess you’re tired after all these fun and adrenaline-filled activities, so it is good to have an option where you can simply relax and let your mind waddle somewhere to rest. Because, don’t forget, the rest is as important to success as activity is. Fishing will reduce your blood pressure, help you with any anxiety problems, strengthen your body muscles and teach you how to be patient. You may do it on a river bank, on a boat, even on a kayak or a canoe, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure it is permitted and there are no restrictions. All you need are full tackle box, fishing rod and a reel and enjoy. And if you’re a beginner, this is the right time to learn the fishing basics.
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Adventurous sports that are connected to the water have more than one enormous health benefit. First, they most often reduce the stress, this way preventing chronic diseases. They make all your muscles work, serve as a hydrotherapy, while stimulating mental health along the way. This list of adventure sports, combined with regular swimming, will serve you well in terms of creating the best possible plan for escaping everyday life and learning something new and something you’ll be looking forward to get back to next year.