Don your swimming costume, flippers, snorkel, board or boat and and get ready for an action packed adventure in or on the water! The UK is blessed with some of the world’s best natural locations for watersports. Whether it’s windsurfing on Hayling Island, surfing in Devon, exploring the Scottish Islands by sea kayak, Coasteering the Dorset coastline or a tranquil canal boat ride along the Norfolk Broads, there is something for everyone.
The best news is, you’ll find a selection of activities as close to or far from home as you’re prepared to travel thanks to the prevalence of rivers, lakes and coastlines around the UK. To help get you started we’ve pulled together some top tips for planning what to do and where to go.
Be realistic about whether you can hack the cold.
Although the idea having the cold sea air whipping around your face might seem very heroic, the reality may be a lot less appealing. Consider with you and your family or group are prepared to take a dip in the cold weather or if you’re better off waiting for the summer and autumn months to roll around.
Figure out how far you can travel, and how you’ll get there.
Certain coastline and sea activities may not be easily accessible if you don’t own a car but never fear, there are usually plenty of public transport options in and out of big seaside destinations such as Newquay, Southampton and Cornwall. Equally, there are opportunities for sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing etc. on lakes and reservoirs around the country that would easily rival the sea.
Decide if you want a solo or group activity.
Many water-based activities are better suited to individuals, but there are still opportunities for families or small groups. Sailing and white water rafting are fantastic days out or even for a stag party.
Is everybody involved of a similar age or ability?
Some water sports are more demanding than others, and naturally most of them require a certain degree of swimming ability. Even if you don’t start in the water, you may end up in it! To get the most out of your day, make sure that everyone will be able to get involved and enjoy it.
How much are you looking to spend?
Water activities vary massively in price, ranging from absolutely free to a few hundred pounds. So figure out how big or small you want to go and plan accordingly.
Now you’ve got an idea of who is coming and where you might go, you’re ready to choose an activity. Take a look at some of the below themes and get ready to hit the water.