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9 Top Water Sports & 5 Awesome Spots For Each

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My eldest child recently asked me to do something adventurous besides the usual trout fishing we do (see tips on how to catch a trout fish). So I have been researching for some fun, thrilling yet relaxing water sports we as a family can enjoy. Here are the top ten water sports and the top 5 spots around the World for each that I found out:  

Swimming

exercise in swimming poolImage courtesy of Roman Pohorecki

From a very young age, people give their children swimming lessons for them to remain fit. One does not have to be a daredevil to learn how to swim in the water and people who want to raise their challenge can take to swimming in the open water. Being the oldest water sports and because no gear is required, people prefer swimming the most.

Benefits

Swimming helps you keep fit by strengthening your muscles, keeping your heart rate up, build cardiovascular fitness and maintains weight and lungs.

Spots Around the World

As easy and beautiful swimming may seem in your indoor pool, it will be a different experience for you out in the open. Here are few spots for swimming that will make you go “WOAH” at first glance.

  1. Macarella Beach, Menorca, Spain
  2. The Maldive Islands
  3. Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines
  4. Cayo Coco, Cuba
  5. Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Kayaking

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I have been familiar with this water sports for quite some time now. Sit-on-top kayaks are a life changer for anyone looking out for alone yet thrilling time. And for those who want to enjoy with their loved ones, they can go for a kayak with two cockpits also. How to choose a kayak can be a tricky business, try to pick the better one.

Benefits

Kayaking burns almost 500 calories on one go as an average of fifty strokes per mile is made which helps in losing weight. It strengthens the lower body muscles, improves heart health because of continuous movement, tunes arms, legs, and back.  There are many types of kayaks including sit-in kayaks, sit-on top kayaks, hybrid kayaks and more.

Sit-on-top kayaks appear to be the trending option. To help you learn more about options for the best sit-on top kayaks out there, check here.

Spots Around the World

Kayaking is a beautiful sport and can be beautiful anywhere, but the following are the places you will find worth kayaking in at some point in life:

  1. Sermilik Fjord, Greenland
  2. Glacier Bay, Alaska, USA
  3. Svalbard, Norway
  4. Fordland, New Zealand
  5. Vancouver Island, Canada

Kitesurfing

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In kitesurfing, a large-sized, controllable, kite ties its holder to the wind. While hanging yourself on the mercy of a kite, feeling the wind and water all around you, this experience can make you do more crazy stuff than you have ever done before.

Benefits

Kitesurfing benefits our whole body. It tunes our arms, legs, and shoulders and helps us to have a good posture. For a person who is spending most of the day in a cubicle, this water sport is a must for them.

Spots Around the World

Kitesurfing is not as easy as it seems. So try to make your experience worth it by visiting these places.

  1. Maui, Hawaii
  2. La Ventana, Baja California
  3. Jupiter, Florida
  4. Nabq Bay, Egypt
  5. Taveuni Island, Fiji

Jet Skiing

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Jet skiing is an unknown sport for many people. For anyone who is into speed and wants to mix it up with water, Jet Ski is your sport. Boats and ships do travel fast but is there a comparison between a bus and a sports bike? No? That is what I thought.

Benefits

The fun of this sport comes with a pack full of benefits. Thirty minutes of jet skiing burns 238 calories. It not only tunes your abs but also strengthens your muscles, relieves stress, improves your endurance and cardiovascular system, and teaches you how to balance and control.

Spots Around the World

Jet skiing is a known and most tried sport around the world, but still, there are few special places for you to try out.

  1. Miami, USA
  2. Denarau Island, Fiji
  3. Naples, Italy
  4. Gold Coast, Australia
  5. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Scuba Diving 

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Scuba diving is a way to dive underwater and experience different species of sea animals and plants. While it is stunning under the water, danger also lurks there. Scuba diving can only be done after a short but proper training and under proper supervision.

Benefits

Mother Nature needed us to relax under the water in a way nothing above the water can come close doing it. Most of the people who have tried scuba diving remain in it for a long time. It has the power to make your mental condition better.

Spots Around the World

Exploring the world underwater could be the best experience of your life. Try to try it at a place which proves to be worth trying. Here are few good spots listed below.

  1. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  2. Superior Producer, Curaçao
  3. Shark And Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  4. Great Blue Hole, Belize
  5. Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, Florida, USA

Whitewater Rafting

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To the daredevils out there, here is something adventurous, exciting and risky for you. Whitewater rafting is done on white waters or in rough waters.

Benefits

Whitewater rafting is for everyone who has a thirst for adventure and thrill, and it helps them psychologically. While this sport helps with breathing in fresh air, it also strengthens our muscles, improves our team building skills and is an excellent source of cardio work out.

Spots Around the World

Whitewater rafting could be one fantastic experience if experienced in any place listed below.

  1. Colorado River, Arizona/Utah, USA
  2. Río Pacuaré, Costa Rica
  3. Futalefú River, Chile
  4. North Johnstone River, Australia
  5. Magpie River, Canada

Fishing

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Image courtesy of Markus Spiske 

Being one of the oldest sport known to man, it is also a significant and profitable business to be in. Fishing could be done either onshore or offshore. In offshore fishing, kayak fishing is the new trend.

Benefits

Fishing builds self-reliance yet allows you to bond with the people around. Fishing not only makes you patient but also boosts your immune system, improves your cardiovascular health and strengthens your body.

Spots Around The World

Fishing is not fun if there is not plenty of fish to be caught. Some of the best kayak fishing places and destinations to consider if you want to do some fishing from your kayak are:

  1. Potomac River, Maryland, USA
  2. Piranha, Brazil
  3. Goliath Tigerfish, Congo River Basin
  4. Squid, Vietnam
  5. Salmon, Russia

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

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In stand-up paddle boarding (“SUP”), one has to stand with complete balance and control overboard, in the water. Sounds difficult? It is difficult at the beginning only.

For beginners, there are several guides for them to learn everything about paddleboard and boarding. And once you learn how to paddle board there is no coming back from this sport.

Benefits

Paddleboarding focuses on your whole body. It strengthens your muscles and builds your skills of focusing and concentrating. But for this, you have to learn how to balance on a paddle board.

Spots Around The World

Following are the places you so much don’t want to miss.

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Lake Tahoe, California
  3. Abacos Bahamas
  4. Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
  5. Puerto Rico

Parasailing

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Parasailing, parakiting or parascending, this sport is everything for a person who loves to enjoy a great view from a high altitude. A parachute kind canopy is attached and dragged by a vehicle in a marked territory, while two people can enjoy their ride from a height.

Benefits

For everyone who is not always ready to do something crazy, parasailing is beneficial for them. It is easy, affordable and good for one’s mental health.

Spots Around The World

Parasailing is nothing without a good view. For your best experience, visit these destinations.

  1. Key West
  2. Cape Town
  3. Sydney Harbor
  4. Hawaii
  5. Phuket

Author bio: Tom is a blogger and a nature lover. He is obsessed with traveling and adventures and that too with his family. He believes that water has a steady hold of him. He regularly writes about his experiences at http://kayakcritic.net/

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