Are you a water baby? Do you thrive on action and adventure? Do you fancy combining some thrills and spills with a relaxing beach break? If so, why not try some wet and wild watersports on your next holiday? If you’re eager to surf, swim or shoot up into the air at speed, here are some suggestions.
Surfing is one of the most popular beach holiday pursuits. The good news is that it’s suitable for everyone, and it’s great fun. Start off with a couple of lessons and build your confidence on the safe, sheltered shoreline. Once you’re ready, hit the water and try your best to stand up. With surfing, practice makes perfect, so don’t give up! Premier surfing destinations include Australia, South Africa, Bali and California.
Diving opens up a whole new world. With a wetsuit, a mask and an oxygen tank, you can discover hundreds of different species living under the bright blue sea. Look out for colourful fish and sea turtles in the Caribbean. Dive the Great Barrier Reef to see sharks and stingray.
Before you go out diving, you will need to pass some tests. Enroll at a diving school and in just a few days you could be bobbing around in the ocean, marvelling at the incredible underwater creatures. If you’re not a confident swimmer, you will still be able to see plenty with a snorkel. You can try snorkelling almost anywhere, and you can stick to shallow water.
Parasailing is a perfect choice for those looking to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the ocean and golden sand beaches below. Start off on dry land and let yourself be winched slowly into the sky. Look around you and enjoy the incredible vistas. Most large beach resorts offer parasailing, and it’s suitable for most people.
Water jet pack
Water jet packs are relatively new to the watersports collection. Strap yourself on and get ready to be launched high into the clouds. This fun activity is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. If you can stomach opening your eyes, you’ll also get some great views before you come crashing back down to sea level.
Sea kayaking is a gentler activity, which is perfect for those looking to soak up some rays and chill out on holiday. Stick to calm waters for a soothing trip on the high seas. If you’re after a more exhilarating and physically challenging adventure, head for the rapids.
Windsurfing is a technical sport, which requires masterful driving and navigation skills. You will also need an appreciation of the environmental conditions. As you may have guessed from the name, you need the wind for this activity, so it may not be available everywhere. Popular windsurfing destinations include the Caribbean, Australia, Cape Verde, Greece and the Canary Islands.
If you’re heading off on holiday with the aim of trying new things, give watersports a spin. Book some lessons and you’ll soon be enjoying life in the water. Soak up the sun, take in the views and have fun!