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24 Watersports Activities You Might Want To Try This Summer

Watersports Activities To Try This Summer

One of the easiest methods to remain cool when camping is to participate in watersports activities, especially during summer.

Summer is connected with water for many of us. The refreshing relief of plunging into a lake, pool, ocean, or river with the summer sun shining overhead transports us back to our childhood.

When you have a place to cool yourself, no day is too hot – so try out a new watersport this summer to celebrate the exciting days ahead.

There are also several water sports that families can participate in together, making it a terrific opportunity to spend quality time with your family.

Watersports Activities To Beat The Summer Heat

Here are some watersports to explore this summer, ranging from conventional favorites to unique, new experiences.

1. Surfing

A water enthusiast surfing

Surfing has been practiced for thousands of years and is found in a variety of civilizations. People have been collecting waves for fun and for fishing since prehistory, from South America to Polynesia.

If you live near the coast, there's no better time than now to learn how to surf. It entails long periods of waiting for the correct wave, but there is no feeling quite like it when it arrives. As it rises behind you, you keep an eye on it.

You paddle beside it, using a few more strokes than you think you'll need, and voilĂ  — your board is locked in place. You're off and running, riding the wind and tide to the beach.

Surfing is enjoyable for the entire family if the children are old enough to surf aboard and the waves are not too large.

2. Wakeboarding

A man wakeboarding for fun

Wakeboarding is similar to snowboarding in that it is done on the water. A wakeboard is easier to get up on than skis, owing to the larger surface area of the board.

Start with your feet at equal heights and the board directly in front of you. You'll automatically swivel to allow your leading leg to travel forward as the boat pushes you forward.

Wakeboarding is the perfect activity for anyone interested in jumping the wake of a boat. A wakeboard has a significant amount of "pop”.

That is, when you ride up the wake's slope, it will automatically hold and release tension, allowing you to get as much air as you wish. 

Don't worry if you'd rather stay "grounded," because wakeboarding is still a lot of fun.

3. Kneeboarding

A young man kneeboarding

Consider kneeboarding if you want to get up on your first try. This activity entails lying down on your knees on a teardrop-shaped board with a strap around your thighs to keep you safe. Holding on to a tow line, you move back and forth across the boat's wake, just like skiing and wakeboarding.

The more daring you are, the more you'll want to try catching some air off the wake.

Because your body's suspension system — in other words, your knees — is locked into the board, you'll have less shock absorption on a kneeboard than on a wakeboard.

You have two options for landing: either land tail-first at an angle to absorb part of the impact, or clear the wake fully and nail the transition on the other side.

Do you want to try something new? On a kneeboard, try performing a 360-degree turn.

Kneeboarding is simple to learn and a lot of fun for anyone who wants to rip around on the water behind a boat. It is by far the easiest tow watersport to learn when compared to waterskiing and wakeboarding.

4. Skimboarding

A youngster running to skimboard

Skimboarding, also known as "sand skimming" is a terrific sport to attempt if you find yourself near the ocean.

The board is significantly smaller than a surfboard, and there are few dangers outside the possibility of falling in the sand a few times. Fortunately, it will take place on soft, damp sand in shallow water.

To skimboard, pick a beach that is somewhat level and wait for a wave to come in and roll out. A thin coating of water on the surface is required.

The board will not skim correctly if it is too deep. Run parallel to the beach, then drop the board into the water and "run" onto it. Instead of jumping on, take a few steps upon it, evenly dispersing your weight. Ride it out by bending your knees.

You can also go wave skiing, which is jumping on your board and heading out into a crashing wave. Turn quickly around on the wave and surf it like you're on a surfboard.

5. Bodyboarding

Father and son bodyboarding together

Bodyboarding is similar to surfing in that it requires catching a wave while floating on a platform made mostly of foam. It's also known as a boogie board, and it's not designed to be used standing up. 

Bodyboarding is a great alternative to surfing for individuals who aren't quite ready or when the waves aren't as big.

Simply wait for a wave about to break, paddle in to catch it, and ride it all the way to shore.

Bodyboarding is especially appealing because it requires nothing in the way of equipment. Renting a surfboard is less expensive than buying one, and buying one won't set you back more than $20-30. A bodyboard can also be used to ride the waves. 

You may cut side-to-side and travel along with the wave like a surfer by digging in your elbows and leaning to either side.

Bodyboarding is a fantastic activity for kids and people of all ages.

6. Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)

A man on his stand up paddleboard

For many people, stand-up paddleboarding has gone from a curiosity to an obsession in the last decade or two. It's even making its way into the Olympic competition.

You paddle over lakes, rivers, and oceans while standing on a buoyant and surprisingly stable board that looks a lot like a surfboard.

One advantage of stand-up paddleboarding is that it eliminates the sitting component of kayaking and canoeing, which can cause back pain in certain people after a short period of time. You may even prepare a picnic in a waterproof bag and eat it while sitting on your board.

Stand-up paddleboards can also be used as surfboards, albeit their bigger size makes them less maneuverable.

7. Kiteboarding

Woman kiteboarding

Although kiteboarding and windsurfing are often confused, the two sports are fundamentally distinct. Your feet are hooked to what is effectively a wakeboard when kitesurfing.

Your kite is more akin to a parachute, and you're controlling it in the air using a tow bar. You can cruise quickly across the lake, catch some air off waves if you like, and simply enjoy the sensation of wakeboarding without the boat.

Kiteboarding began in 1903 during a crossing of the English Channel. Samuel Cody constructed a "kite" that enabled him to drag his own lightweight boat across a body of water.

The modern kiteboard configuration was invented by Dutch sportsman Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuis in 1977, giving birth to the present iteration of the sport.

8. Windsurfing

People Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a sport that is surprisingly simple to learn. You can be sailing back and forth on your own in minutes if you choose the correct area, which must contain constant breezes.

It's also a terrific way to get in shape while improving coordination, as maintaining balance necessitates precise movements.

Windsurfing never gets bored since the wind and the ocean are continuously changing. Every day is different, with unique conditions, waves, and speeds.

This has attracted a large community to windsurfing, which you can begin to meet as soon as you begin to learn the sport. People usually windsurf in groups, but you can try it out on your lonesome as well.

9. Body Surfing

A man playing with waves as bodysurfing

When the waves are right and you don't have a board, body surfing is a terrific choice. 

Many people prefer body surfing than bodyboarding which is normal surfing because it mixes the excitement of catching a wave with the calm of swimming.

It's simpler to catch a wave if your surfing "apparatus" has a larger surface area, whether it's a board or your body. That means that catching a wave while bodysurfing takes the most effort. 

Bodyboarding is quicker to catch a wave than surfing, but it might be more challenging to maintain the ride once you do. That doesn't account for the level of skill required for each sport.

However, don't let the extra work required for body surfing deter you. Catching a wave with nothing but your body has an obviously elegant and lovely quality to it.

It's a fun activity that doesn't require any special equipment and allows you and your family to spend more time in the water.

10. Canoeing and Kayaking

Kayaking Adventures

If you have access to a lake or river, nothing beats jumping in a canoe or kayak and paddling about to see what you can find. 

Canoes and kayaks have been around for a long time – in the Caribbean, Carib Indians carved out tree trunks to travel between islands, while the Inuit utilized kayaks for hunting and transportation.

The most appealing aspect of kayaking and canoeing is the peace and quiet it provides.

You may go in perfect silence to every corner and cranny of the lake, river, or other body of water you are exploring with nothing but the sound of your paddles lapping the water. Pack a picnic, go on a river trip, and discover hidden coves.

11. Fishing

For many people, fishing is a cherished hobby. There's something romantic and primitive about putting a line into the water and seeing what nibbles, whether you're fishing for food or catch and release.

Each sort of fishing necessitates its unique set of tactics and gear. Lake and pond fishing, river fishing, ocean fishing, and reservoir fishing are all available.

River and lake fishing is considered to be one of the most peaceful types of fishing. It can be done on foot, in a kayak, or in a canoe. 

Make sure you have the proper fishing permits - check with your local hunting and fishing authorities to ensure you have all of the necessary permits.

12. Sailing

boats sailing

Sailing doesn’t have to be on a large, expensive boat. It can be done on a small catamaran, which is made of two pontoons with a canvas mesh in between.

This small boat allows anyone to zip over the water with the wind in their sails. Additionally, many places offer sailboard rentals aimed at getting families out on the water.

If you’ve never sailed before, you’ll love taking a course on sailing — there is a whole lot to learn, and figuring it out makes you feel accomplished and connected to the generations of people that have used this as a method of travel.

13. Parasailing

Parasailing Watersports Activity

Everyone should attempt parasailing at least once in their lives. You'll be strapped into a small plastic vessel as if you're ready to take a car ride.

A retractable line on a wench connects this sailboat to the back of a strong boat. As soon as the boat takes off, a massive parachute behind you catches the wind and lifts you into the air. Passengers are often lifted 500 feet in the air by an 800-foot line.

You owe it to yourself to experience the thrill of soaring hundreds of feet above the lake. It gives you a view of the world below that you wouldn't get otherwise, similar to being in an airplane but significantly more enjoyable.

On the water, the boats will resemble rice grains on a blue tablecloth.

Parasailing is thrilling but not frightening. It's soft, and everything moves at a reasonable pace. You'll definitely be calmer when you get down than when you go up.

A parasail gives you a bird's eye view of the globe. You'll be launched from the rear of a high-speed boat while attached to a giant parasail, which is an amazing experience.

You relax in a harness while taking in the sea breeze and stunning vistas. 

Furthermore, you will not be required to get wet. You'll be gently led back to the boat for landing after your flight time is up. It's a fun activity for all members of the family, albeit there are some age and weight restrictions.

Paragliding, on the other hand, can be a fantastic choice for those with disabilities.

14. Swimming laps

It's difficult to find a sport that allows you to maintain a high heart rate while reducing impact.

Swimming is exactly that kind of sport. It's a total-body workout with a slew of health advantages and a little negative if you don't mind getting wet.

You'll adore the effect it has on your body whether you're swimming laps in a lovely pool or in a lake or ocean.

Swimming improves your endurance, muscle, and cardiovascular health. It's an excellent weight-loss exercise that also improves cardiovascular strength and lung capacity.

Your muscles will be toned in no time. Because you're working your arms, back, stomach, and legs, you'll notice that tone is evenly distributed throughout your body.

15. Pool games

If you spent your summers at the pool, you were probably immersed in a world of pool games like Sharks and Minnows, Categories, 

Marco Polo, Fire on the Wall, and others.

Getting one of these classic pool games underway will be enjoyable for both kids and adults. As you race for the far wall or bob around trying to tag others, you'll be transported back to your childhood.

16. Snorkeling

woman enjoying snorkeling watersports activity

Just beneath the waves, the ocean is full of wonders. There are intricate and vibrantly colored coral reefs, schools of fish with gleaming scales, and prehistoric rock formations.

Go exploring with a pair of flippers, some excellent goggles, and a snorkel that you can buy or rent.

This is one of the greatest watersports for families and one of the best watersports for children.

Remember to apply sunscreen to your back because floating just beneath the water's surface might amplify the sun's beams.

17. Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a lifelong interest that allows you to explore the secret world under the waves. It takes a class and a certification. 

Scuba diving can feel like exploring another planet at times, which isn't surprising given that we've sent 12 people to the moon but just three to the ocean's lowest depths.

It's also a great pastime for the whole family. You may snorkel among coral reefs and observe marine life such as barracudas and manta rays.

Diverse styles of scuba diving are available in various bodies of water. While some locations offer freshwater diving, the majority of dive sites are located in saltwater.

18. Whitewater Rafting

White Water Rafting Watersports Activity

When families go camping in the mountains, they can attempt whitewater rafting together. It provides for a guided experience that encourages camaraderie, teamwork, and a unique blend of having fun while working hard.

If you want to keep cool while camping, whitewater rafting is one of the greatest options. Whitewater rafting will undoubtedly be an unforgettable event for everyone in your family!

19. Yachting

Yachting Watersport Activity

If you want luxurious sea sports, go no further than yachting. Yachts come in a variety of types, including sailing and motor vessels, and range in size from tiny to superyachts.

There are a few options for getting out on the sea besides befriending a rich and being invited to their superyacht. Booking a day trip or perhaps a multi-night trip to see different reefs and ports falls under this category.

You'll be able to lounge on the deck, go snorkeling off the sides, and visit a number of different anchorages. Depending on the conditions, some firms will even let you help sail the boat.

Another excellent alternative is to organize a sail-your-own cruise, in which you gather a group of friends and captain the yacht yourself. 

Although you will require sailing experience and a captain with a boat license, this can be a fun and flexible activity.

20. Canyoning 

Canyoning Watersport Activity

With a canyoning excursion, you can truly immerse yourself in nature. It's a sport that involves navigating ancient waterways that have carved deep canyons and ravines through mountains and rocks over millions of years.

To begin your expedition, you'll typically travel deep into the woods and hills, following the stream through tight gorges, down sheer cliff walls, and over waterfalls.

It's an opportunity to view pristine, untouched nature that you wouldn't normally see. It isn't for everyone though, because some of the corridors are quite tiny, which isn't ideal if you suffer from claustrophobia.

Of course, safety comes first and depending on the area, wetsuits, helmets, life jackets, and other equipment will be provided for this unique and inspiring sport.

21. Cage Diving

Cage Diving and Sharks Viewing

With a cage diving trip, you may face your fears while learning about the creatures of the deep.

Cage diving is most typically used to carry you deep into the ocean to interact with sharks, notably Great Whites. It's an opportunity to observe some of nature's most powerful predators in their native habitat and learn more about these amazing creatures.

You're completely safe but nevertheless able to get up close because you're submerged in a steel cage.

Plus, you don't need a scuba license or any prior diving expertise to take part.

Simply choose a company that has the sharks' best interests at heart – any interaction with animals should not come at the expense of their well-being.

22. Waterskiing

A toddler practicing waterskiing

Anyone who has eventually climbed up on waterskis understands the sense of accomplishment and adrenaline that comes with it. 

From grasping the tow rope to keeping your legs underneath you, waterskiing is a full-body workout. Standing at eye level, with your skis cutting through the water as it zips beneath you, is a unique pleasure.

It's worth it to attempt dropping a ski and slaloming once you've mastered your balance on two skis. It's the same as removing your bike's training wheels. You can turn on a dime, jump the wake of the boat, and spray walls of water.

Keep your skis directly in front of you, with your knees tucked up against your chest when getting up on one or two skis. The more your knees are extended, the more difficult it is to rise up. Staying in a crouching position allows you to get out of the water faster and with less effort.

23. Jetskiing

A man riding on a Jetski

A jetski is the open-water equivalent of a motorcycle. Depending on the state you live in, you'll need to figure out what kind of license you'll need to operate one.

However, once you've taken care of it, get ready for an amazingly good time.

Jetskis allow you to jump waves, spin on a dime, go for impromptu swims, explore water that is too shallow for boats with propellers, and feel the thrill of speeding across the water. On the sea, your pace appears to be twice as quick as it really is.

Jetski rentals are common, and these boats can be found in a variety of locations for anyone interested in trying them out.

24. Jet Surfing

A guy doing jetsurfing

Jet surfing is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping. It's essentially a surfboard with a motor connected, allowing you to generate your own motion without relying on waves.

As a result, it works well on flat, calm waterways like rivers, lakes, and bays. You hang on using a grip that houses the controls, and your feet are secured in stirrups to keep you from falling off.

It's like a cross between surfing, wakeboarding, and electric hydro-foiling except without the lift. You can even hit speeds of up to 35 miles per hour!


As you can see, there are plenty of watersports activities to choose from and you are sure to find a sport that your family can get hooked on.

Whether you are new to the water or already a veteran, there’s something for everyone. You just have to find what works best for your personal interest and athletic abilities.

There’s really no excuse to be bored this summer – there’s plenty of stuff to do, after all. What are you going to do about it?

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