5 Things You Need to Try on the Water This Summer

With the weather finally starting to warm up here in New England I can’t help thinking about the summer. Weekend camping trips, beach days, and soaking up the beautiful warmth of the sun. My favorite part of the summer is the ocean. I’m definitely a salt water type gal, but there’s no denying there’s something to do on water body of water you’re near, lakes, rivers, and bays included.

Personally, I have done all of these except for one (which I know will change this summer) and I encourage you to get out and make some memories with some of these activities!

1. Paddleboarding

In recent years, paddleboarding has become a trendy, and super healthy, activity on the water. Basically, you’re on a flat board, almost like a flat kayak, where you have a paddle an propel yourself through the water standing up. A couple of years ago my family and I purchased a large, heavy plastic one from Job Lot for around $100, and despite its bulkiness, it’s a lot of fun! It’s a good workout but it’s also something different to try whether you’re on the ocean, a lake or even river. I’ve even seen people doing yoga on them so that might be something to consider if you’re really ambitious. The best part is when you get tired you can just lay down on the board, float around and sunbathe. Purchasing fiberglass boards can get upwards of $800 so if you really want to try it there are plenty of places to rent from to save on cost! You can find a full list here!

2. Sailing

This isn’t quite as easy as paddle boarding and can be enjoyed in various depths depending on how far you want to get into it. Perhaps you wanna learn the sport, then check out local areas that offer sailing lessons. Or if you’re into just going for the ride, find a friend who can take you out for a trip or invest in your own boat, or a rental. Look here for a list of places around the world that offer sailing vacations, charters, and rentals! Those can get pricey though, so be sure to check your local areas for other options too!

A very young me and my kayak, which I still have! [Photo taken by my Nana]

3. Kayaking

I’ve been kayaking ever since I was little, paddling around the cove near my grandparents beach house. You can kayak basically anywhere as long as you have the right equipment. Lakes, ponds, rivers, and beaches are all viable places to take to the water, you just need to rent/buy the right type of kayak for each. You can find guidelines to help you here. Kayaking, like paddleboarding, can be a great workout and the intensity of exercise will increase depending on which watery platform you choose. Kayaking on open ocean and in waves is a lot harder than less-dynamic water like on a lake or pond, therefore the workout will be harder. Whether you’re doing it for leisure or for exercise, kayaking is a water sport you should at least try once during the summer!

Canoeing down the Saco last year. [Photo taken by Kyle]

4. Canoeing

Yes, this is different than kayaking! A kayak itself is a much different shaped dingy than a canoe as well as kayaks have double-headed paddles while canoe paddles have one end to hold and one to propel. Canoeing is a great endeavor on a river or stream and it can be as intense as you’d like. On our canoeing trip down the Saco River in New Hampshire last year was long and slow. We paddled, we floated, we paddled some more than stopped to eat lunch. We took our time soaking in the view and the sun. Canoeing though can be more involved, it simply depends on the time you want to spend on the river, and the amount of work you want to do paddling. You and you’re significant other and enjoy a romantic trip down the river, or you can paddle with friends and food! It’s up to you but it’s definitely a must. I WILL be going again this summer.

5. Tubing

Tubing is not just for the snow (for those of you that have actually gone tubing down a white fluffy hill), it’s for the water too! There are two types of tubing you can partake in one is for the thrill-seekers one is for the lazy-day-lovers. The first is tying a water tube to the back of a boat or jet ski and whipping around water-ski style for some exhilarating fun. Just wear long sleeves because the tube will rub on your elbows and it WILL hurt. The other is taking a tube, sized from one person to as many as possible, packing some drinks and snacks, and floating down stream on a warm day, basking in the sun, with sunscreen of course. This is a must-try for me this summer, and it’s a great way to escape for long day of relaxation. Water is a calming environment as it is, now imagine floating on a soft puffy tube, with no phones and distractions, just good people, good drinks and a hot summer’s day. I can assure you I will probably doze off at least once.

If you’ve tried one or more of these activities that’s awesome! Get out there and do them all over again! As for me I have some work to do this summer to check off everything on this list and I’m excited for the adventure ahead that will come with each one. If you’re not into the water at all, then I would say laying out in the warm temperatures somewhere will certainly be just as fulfilling.

The best part is that many of these activities can be done with a friend or a group, so any costs can be split, or you might know someone with the equipment who would love to take you along for an adventure. It’s certainly doable on a thrifty budget and any of these would make fun excursions if you’re already visiting a coast or a lake this summer!

Until next time, happy travels!

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