Nobody needs an introduction to how fun and exciting water sports can be. Even though there are risks involved, we just can’t seem to get enough of splashing or swimming around.
The global water sports gear market had reached $43.2 billion in 2019 and is expected to be $55.2 billion by 2027. If you feel life has gotten boring and you need some adrenaline rush back, here are six amazing water sports for you.
Ever thought about how it would feel standing on a wave? Sounds impossible, right? But good news! With wakeboarding, you can experience it in real life!
It is one of the most popular water sports in the Maldives. Here, the rider stands on a wakeboard that is attached to a motorboat across its wake and of the crest. This ensures proper aerial movements.
Many expert wakeboarders are also able to perform tricks while swooshing over the water. The motorboat moves at a speed of 50km per hour and the adrenaline is really something to feel out there.
- Fun tubing
With the word “fun” in the name itself, how can this ride not be joyful? Fun tubing involves a person on an inflated boat (known as a doughnut or biscuit due to its shape) which is unpowered. The tube itself moves over the water at really high speeds.
Even though the ride is bumpy, there is fun in the bumps themselves. The tube rider needs to paddle with their hands. They can also use webbed gloves to steer easily. This is another very popular water sport in the Maldives that is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.
Everyone knows what kayaking is, right? In case you don’t, kayaking involves using a kayak (a narrow water boat) for moving over the water.
Even though a lot of people mistake it for canoeing, kayaking is different due to the position in which the people sit inside the kayak, as well as the number of blades on the paddle.
This popular water sport is present in almost any country of the world but is a pretty risky sport. This is why riders have to compulsorily wear a kayak life jacket and proper gear.
- Scuba diving
Did you know that the word “scuba” stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus? Scuba diving is also another extremely popular water sport to feel that adrenaline rush. Here, the diver uses special breathing equipment that is not attached to any kind of surface air supply.
Usually, compressed air is present in the breathing tanks and the divers must wear a special diving suit to tackle the pressure in deep waters. For proper vision underwater, special goggles and masks are to be worn. The protection from extreme coldness in very high depths is offered by wetsuits or drysuits.
- Jet skiing
Fan of action thrillers? Then you definitely don’t need an introduction to what jet skiing is! Jet skiing is not only fun and energetic but also improves your balance and coordination.
Of all the high-adrenaline water sports, this is one of the safest and easiest to pick up. But it’s also one of the fastest out there, which is why you can get a pretty high amount of adrenaline rush while zooming away.
Jet skiing is just like riding a boat-shaped motorbike on the water, except that you’ll be moving at far greater speeds than on the road. The best part? You can burn up to 300 calories in just 30 minutes while doing this!
Ever wanted to explore the mysteries of the ocean but don’t know how to swim? Don’t worry, snorkeling is here to help you out. You’ll be swimming through the waters with a diving mask, a breathing tube called a snorkel, and swimfins.
One of the major differences between snorkelling and scuba diving is that the former involves swimming on just the surface of the water. So if you’re not confident about venturing deep into the ocean, snorkelling will be perfect for you.
Over to you…
All of these high-energy water sports are available in various exotic vacation spots, from Bali to Goa. If you’re up for some natural high and lots of fun, then you must definitely try out these sports today! But always remember to wear proper gear and go to authentic places only for your safety.