There is truly nothing like spending time in the water. Swimming and floating around are fun, relaxing ways to connect with nature. If you have a taste for adventure, there are so many more water sports to try.
From team sports to flyboarding, here is a great list of water activities you can attempt next time you’re near the water, whether it’s a lake, river, or ocean!
Flyboarding is just as cool as it sounds. How does it work? Well, you strap your feet onto a board that is similar in appearance to a snowboard. Then, a hose is connected to the board, pumping water into the thrusters. So it is water propulsion that pushes you up into the air. Flyboarding takes a great deal of balance and, for the first few times, involves a great deal of falling. Rental companies require you wear a helmet, but you’ll still likely get a few bumps and bruises depending on the height from which you crash back into the water.
You can purchase your own flyboard, but they are rather expensive, starting at $2500. Most people who want to try flyboarding rent the board; you can usually find them at the same kind of places you rent jet skis on lakes or oceans. Depending on where you are, flyboarding can be $100 and up for a half an hour to an hour. Here’s a good walkthrough of a first timer’s experience flyboarding in Costa Rica.
If soaring over the water is something you’d love to try, but flyboarding is a little too intense, parasailing might be the sport for you! You’ll have to pay a company to enjoy this experience, and you’re more likely to find it on the ocean or very large lakes, such as the Lake of the Ozarks. Unlike flyboarding, parasailing isn’t a very active activity. Just strap yourself into the harness, which is attached to a parachute. This rig is attached to a tow rope, which is attached to a boat. Once the boat gets going fast enough, you are lifted into the air— you’re soaring!
Your height and speed depend on the length of the tow rope and the speed of the boat pulling you. The company you pay to take you out will most likely make you wear a life jacket and a helmet for your safety. Some companies even offer video of your parasailing adventure!
Kayaking & Canoeing
If you don’t live near an ocean or a lake, chances are you’re within driving distance to a river. For a little adventure on the waterways, try your hand at kayaking or canoeing. While these two activities look similar, they’re actually very different in terms of gear used and overall experience. Canoes are long boats with bench seating and more than one person can usually fit inside the watercraft. Kayaks are similar in shape but shorter. The top of the kayak is covered, except for a hole big enough for one person to get inside and sit down.
The paddles for canoes are shorter. The end with the paddle goes in the water, and you switch back and forth between sides you are paddling on. Kayaks paddles are long sticks with a paddle on each end. You hold it in the middle, dipping each end of the paddle into the water to steer.
Both sports require life jackets when aboard the boat. Depending on the danger level of the kayak experience you’re seeking, you may also need a helmet. Both kayaks and canoes can offer serene boating experiences, but kayaks can be used to go white water rafting for those seeking a thrill.
While normally thought of as an ocean water activity, snorkeling can be done in any body of water! If you are taking an ocean trip, take a look at this list of the best islands to go snorkeling. The most important part of snorkeling is understanding how your gear works. There are plenty of places you can rent gear and have a guide take you out into the water, but if you’re a strong swimmer there is no reason you can’t get your own gear.
You’ll need a mask, fins, and, of course, a snorkel. The fins will help you to swim on the top of the water with less effort, extending the time you can snorkel. The mask needs to be one that covers your nose to ensure that you don’t accidentally inhale water through your nose. Finally, the snorkel should fit well into your mouth, and remember to keep it above the water. If water does get in the snorkel, just blow it back out.
If you’d rather look for some fun to do in a pool, there are all kinds of water sports to play that are a little more competitive than Marco Polo. Water Polo likely originated in the late 19th century in Scotland as a sort of water rugby. There are two teams, six players and a goalie on each side. There are four quarters and the players try to throw the ball into the opposite goal to score points.
The aspect making the game difficult is the depth of the pool. Generally, the pool is at least seven feet deep all the way across, making the players tread water or swim the entire game. To play you’ll need a ball that floats on water, and two goals that float on either side of the pool. Normally the two teams wear swim caps with their team colors and individual player’s numbers. Additionally, players often wear goggles to ensure that their vision isn’t impacted by the water splashed around during the course of the match.
Some schools have water polo teams, as well as recreation leagues you can join as an adult. Water Polo is a summer Olympic sport, so there are many opportunities to play professionally if you’re starting out young!
No matter what the water sport you’re considering, Born to Swim has colorful gear that is just as fun as the activity you’ll be trying! Our swim gear, including goggles, swim caps, fins, and more, is made by swimmers, for swimmers. We know you want your gear to be crafted from top of the line material as well as fashionable and fun. Visit our website to stock up on gear for your next swim adventure!