Enjoy summer time with your family

Summer is a beautiful season — it’s full of long days, warm nights, and fragrant air. Though, of course, it does bring with it a lot more heat and sweaty days. That’s why joining in on water sports or activities is the perfect way to cool off, freshen up, and have a whole lot of fun in the meantime. If you are looking for the best water sports and activities for your summer inspiration...

1. Surfing

Surfing is one of the most iconic summer water sports. Starting with an early-morning surf is a wonderful way to ease into the day, as is closing out the afternoon on the waves. With so many incredible breaks and surfing conditions around the country, it’s also a very accessible sport. If you’ve never surfed before, there are plenty of companies in many coastal towns that offer lessons so that you can learn the basics. Once you have them down, you’ll be hitting the waves in no time. Keep in mind, there are three main types of breaks, which affect the conditions and waves. These are reef, point, and beach breaks, and each suits different levels of skill and experience.

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2. SUP

Partake in a more laidback water activity with stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). The large boards make it easy to balance while you use the oar to paddle your way around. As such, it’s popular with all age ranges, fitness levels and is perfect for the whole family. Plus, you get the benefit of calm, incidental exercise that particularly works your core muscles. Beginners are best to start on flat waters such as rivers and lakes. However, if you want more of a challenge, you can always take your SUPing to another level — try hitting the surf or practicing yoga on your board.

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3. Kayaking

Kayaking is another relatively easy, low-impact water sport that’s great for everyone. A kayak is a small, narrow watercraft that fits one or two people and is propelled by double-bladed paddle power. It’s brilliant for exploring calmer waters including protected coastlines, lagoons, and rivers. The small size and low height to the water mean you can get closer to the scenery than other vessels such as boats. Plus, it’s an excellent workout session. Paddling uses your arms, back, and shoulders while balancing engages your core. Join in a kayaking tour to get in-depth knowledge of the environment around you, or hire one for a few hours to explore independently. Once you’re a confident paddler, you can try tackling the surf or river rapids or throw a fishing line in from your kayak.

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4. Snorkeling

Snorkeling is an excellent activity for the whole family, and a fantastic way to see the world under the sea. Plus, it’s easy to learn, even if you have no experience. All you need is to know how to swim and adjust your breathing slightly with the mask and snorkel. Reefs and wrecks are the best places to explore sea life, such as coral, fish, stingrays, and even turtles. Depending on your location, there could be reefs accessible from the beach. Alternatively, you can take a boat trip out to deeper reef systems or even a permanent reef platform. Just remember to be sun-safe, and apply plenty of sunscreen to your back, legs, and butt — there’s nothing worse than a sunburnt booty!

5. Parasailing

Get a birds’-eye view of the world from a parasail. It’s an exhilarating experience that sees you launched off the back of a high-speed boat while attached to a large parasail. You sit comfortably in a harness while enjoying the sea breeze and brilliant views. Plus, you won’t necessarily have to get wet. Once your flight time is over, you’ll be gently guided back to the boat for landing. It’s a great activity for most of the family, although there is generally minimum age and weight restrictions. However, paragliding can also be a great option for people with disabilities.




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