4 Water Sports That Are Easy for Beginners To Learn

Ah! Water sports – gotta love ’em! Do you want to get outside more and enjoy the lake or beach near your home? One of the best ways to do this is to participate in watersports that are easy for beginners to learn. These activities are great for exploring nature, exercising, and enjoying yourself. Check out our suggestions, and don’t be afraid to try one on your next adventure!

1. Start with the Basics: Swimming

Everyone should participate in a water sport, but you cannot master one until you get the basics of swimming down because it’s required for all water sports. If something were to go wrong, you would end up in the water, and you must know how to swim.

Swimming is the most affordable sport on this list because it does not necessarily require additional gear. Still, you can enhance this hobby by learning different techniques or adding equipment, like snorkeling gear.

2. Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing is the perfect water sport for an individual who wants to avoid getting wet. While you can tip over in a kayak, it doesn’t happen frequently, so you’ll stay mostly dry during this activity.

Calmer bodies of water like lakes or lagoons are the best for beginners, and these sports are a great way to get in an upper body workout. Kayaking and canoeing can be used for leisure time, or you can challenge yourself by racing friends or entering competitions.

3. Stand-Up Paddleboarding

One water sport that’s easy to learn for beginners and is quickly gaining popularity is stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Like kayaking, you’ll need a calmer body of water to paddle on because learning how to balance on the board is tricky.

You will need a lot of core strength to stand up and paddle; try starting this activity on your knees to get the hang of it before standing on your feet. Once you become an expert, you can try SUP fishing or SUP yoga.

4. Wakeboarding or Kneeboarding

If you want to test your boundaries of beginner water sports, consider wake boarding or the easier option, knee boarding. This activity may look complicated, but it’s simple to pick up once you get the basics down.

Holding a tow rope connected to the back of a boat, an individual rides the wake while standing or kneeling on a board. It could take a few tries before you get the hang of this sport, but it’s one of the most invigorating for newbies.

Other beginner water sports you could attempt include tubing or jet skiing. These activities provide the perfect excuse to go out and experience the joys of nature. So, what kind of water sport will you try first?

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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