Hi everyone, today I will be telling you about water sports! I will be writing a chain of blogs on sport, so after reading this, feel free to check out my future sports blogs! Anyway, you may find that most sports people do are on land and that water sports aren’t that popular. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t as good; they’re just not as well known. I personally love water sports (well, not do much in the winter lol), because I feel like I have freedom in the water and I feel alive and with nature. Water sports are also one of the best type of sports to do if you feel stressed or sad as the beautiful nature surrounding you makes you feel very peaceful and refreshed.
Different water sports:
- Water skiing
- Scuba diving
Beautiful water areas in the UK
- Marlow/Cookham area (South-East)
- Lake District
- Loch Ness (Scotland)
- Lake Vrynwy (Wales)
- Kynance Cove (Cornwall)
- Woolacombe Beach (Devon)
- East Lyn River (picturesque but unsuitable for doing most water sports)
- Isle of White
Lastly, I would like to give you all some tips from my experiences, as I do racing kayaking in the UK all year, except some of Jan/Feb.
You should aim to do/ start water sports in the summer since it’s warmest and, to begin with, you should always wear a life jacket, even if you’re an experienced swimmer. Make sure to wear suitable clothes too- I recommend light, thermal clothes or wetsuits, depending on what sport you’re doing. The ‘KIPSTA’ brand is good and a great place to buy all sports gear is Decathlon, which I always go to!
You should keep warm until the very last minute, instead of trying to get used to the cold before going out. You should get changed as soon after as you can and if you’re inexperienced or young, make sure you’re not alone for the first few experiences. You also need to make sure that you have a river license if you’re going out on your own and you should always stay clear of boats and only go onto their wash if you’re confident. You should try to tuck into the side if you can, but if not, just keep moving when the wash coming from the boat(s) approaches you, as moving actually keeps you more stable. Finally, always remember that if you’re going upstream, stick to the side, and stay in the middle if you’re going downstream.