Summer is the most wonderful time of the year, while water activities are the best way to splash through the hot days, get away from all those screens, and have fun. Here is our round-up of exciting water activities you should try when summer arrives – of course, if you want to make the most of the warmest and perkiest season, in other words, if you plan to make a splash!
Swimming is arguably one of the most popular sports and health activities worldwide, but nations surrounded by water are especially passionate about numerous physical and mental health benefits it brings. Suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, swimming is a great recreational activity since it’s a relaxing form of exercise that keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body.
You can swim everywhere taking advantage of your local pool, a nearby river, lake, or sea and ocean if you are lucky to live close to the beach. Although there are many swimming styles to master, even newbies can enjoy the full benefits of this water activity. By the way, if you or your child are not swimmers, it is hard to find a better time to start with swimming lessons than summer.
Get your fins on and mask ready because snorkeling is a simple activity that brings plenty of health benefits and a lot of fun. What’s more, it can be enjoyed by the entire family and in contrast to scuba diving, you do not have to drag hefty bags with gear all day.
This exciting aquatic activity also provides for great flexibility, letting you bring your own equipment on trips and get really close to amazing marine wildlife in different parts of the world. Many people choose to snorkel at prominent reefs that stun with their colorful and enchanting underwater life. While the basic set of equipment consists of a mask, snorkel, and fins, in the case you are plotting to take one of the thrilling snorkeling tours, do not forget to bring enough sunscreen and water. And yes, if your swimming skills leave much to be desired, it’s a good idea to take some lessons at your local pool.
Wonder why for so many people surfing became a lifestyle? Take a couple of surfing lessons, catch your first waves, and see for yourself! A great alternative to swimming, this aquatic activity is another engaging way to stay fit and cool during hot summer days. Of course, surfing is a bit more challenging than swimming or snorkeling, but nothing compares to the feeling of being a master of powerful waves. In addition to that, you have plenty of opportunities to learn from experienced pros, there are even professional instructors for kids. If you have a chance to get familiar with this immersive full-body workout, do not miss it – who knows, perhaps you will be the next one to fall in love with this sport!
Skimboarding is one of the modern boardsports that actually derived from surfing, as did a number of other popular activities including skateboarding, bodyboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and kneeboarding. If the waves at your local beach aren’t huge enough to surf, skimboarding comes as a great alternative. You do not need a big wave, you have a much smaller surfboard, and you get almost the same wondrous sensation as the one provided by surfing. The best part of all? You can start skimboarding without taking lessons! All you have to do is learn the basics (you will run into a lot of info on this topic in the vastness of the internet) and head to the water to glide across its surface in the anticipation of your first wave.
If you are not quite sure about skimboarding, there is an even more convenient option called Boogie boarding. Considered beginner-friendly, it gives you a chance to have fun, at the same time, working your way up to the aforementioned skimboarding or surfing. The even smaller board makes this activity a great alternative for campers and those of you who love traveling and exploring new destinations.
As you can see, there are plenty of exciting water activities to choose from depending on your preferences, fitness level, and opportunities. However, it is essential to obtain at least basic swimming skills before starting with any of them, hence do not wait too long for taking a couple of swimming lessons. So, what are your plans for this summer?