Getting Into Water Sports

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Getting Into Water Sports

Water sports can seem intimidating to get into. Yet 142 million Americans went boating in 2016. This accounted for 36% of all U.S. households at the time, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association!

Spring and summer are quickly approaching, and it’s never too late to pick up a new skill and active hobby. Keep reading to learn about how to pick up water sports this coming season.

Entry-Level Water Sports

We all have to start somewhere! Here are a few of our favorite and easiest ways to get started with water sports.

Going Kayaking

Kayaking and canoeing are extremely popular starting points for water sports! Since these sports require arm strength but allow you to sit for your time on the water, they are more accessible for different types of activity levels.

They’re also perfect for people looking for a non-motorized stay on the water, instead of a water sport in the water.

Some canoe and kayak stores even offer rentals that often come with lifejacket rentals as well. Look for a local shop that offers rentals alongside docking areas and staff that help you get situated for your few hours on the water!

Paddleboarding

We all know what surfboarding is, but have you heard about paddleboarding? Surfboarding is an amazing water sport but can be intimidating to get started with.

In comparison, paddleboarding is a wonderful way to start training yourself to balance on a board in the water, without the pressure of riding waves. Paddleboards are propelled by your arms as you lay down on the board, or via paddles when balancing in a standing position.

If you’re interested in a very active water sport involving swimming and balance, paddleboarding might be your best entry-level bet.

Jet Boating

If you’re looking to try a water sport with a bit more electrical power, jet boating can scratch that itch! A jet boat moves forward by ejecting strong jets in the back of an often small 2-4 person boat.

Jet boats can be preferable to a powerboat, prop boat, or motorboat. This is because jet boats draw water from under the boat into a pump-jet mechanism, before spitting the water out behind the boat to move it forward.

This means that there is no large propeller to watch out for when swimming around the boat. The jet boat also is extremely maneuverable and can occupy shallower waters.

All in all, jet boats are wonderful entries into powered boating. Consider purchasing used jet boats which can save you money and make an expensive hobby more accessible.

Water Sports for Entertainment and Fitness

No matter the entryway you choose for water sports, participating and learning about water sports activities can boost your exercise and summer enjoyment.

Paddleboarding and kayaking train your arms and core to move in rhythm to move your device forward. Boating including jet boats may give your arms a rest from responsibility, but offer wonderful changes for all-body workouts when going for a swim.

Ready to learn more about how to make the most out of your summer? Read more on our blog for tips and tricks on living your best life.