Sponsored Post¦ I don’t know about you, but at the first sign of warm weather, I just want to head to the beach! I always feel calmer and happier when I’m by bodies of water, somehow. I find myself mesmerised watching the water sparkling in the sunlight and I love the sea so much that I had it tattooed on me. Water-based activities are fun, too. A few years ago, I tried and enjoyed kayaking at the beach and one of my favourite honeymoon memories is horse riding in the sea at St. Bride’s Bay. Here are 5 water-based activities that should be on your to-do list this summer!
1. Coracle rowing
This is a bit of a slow activity, but bear with me. I had a go at rowing one of these amazing little boats on holiday at Bluestone a couple of years ago. These small, lightweight boats have a lot of history behind them. It is quite tricky to get the hang of steering these quirky little vessels, which is a huge part of the fun! It is incredibly easy to make yourself just continually spin – you have to move the oar in a very particular way!
2. Powerboat racing
Powerboat racing looks like great fun! It can actually be surprisingly affordable. It is generally point-to-point racing, taking place offshore. The best way to get started is to get in touch with your local powerboat club and go from there! Also, have a look at doing a Powerboat Level 2 Training course. This two days course teaches you how to handle a powerboat, as well as covering safety and navigation. After this, you can apply for your International Certificate of Competence and then get on with taking to the water for the fun part!
3. Horse surfing
I only recently discovered horse surfing, when I got lost in watching YouTube videos one evening. One person rides a horse through shallow water at the edge of the sea. The other rides a board of some type while being towed behind the horse. You can reach speeds of up to 40mph and it looks absolutely exhilarating!
4. Underwater hockey
Enjoy hockey? Why not add to the fun by taking it underwater! Also known as Octopush in the UK it is played in a swimming pool! According to CMAS, it was originally invented by the Royal Navy in the 1950’s to help keep their divers fit!
5. A city tour
Have you ever seen your city from the water? Or perhaps you’re visiting somewhere else that you’ve never seen from the water. Now is the time to change that! While it isn’t an adrenaline fuelled experience like some of the other activities, it certainly is interesting to see everything from a different perspective.