Whether you're having a day at the beach or vacationing by a lake, there are lots of adventures to be had near a body of water. Here's a list of our faves!
Are you itching to have some fun in the great outdoors and participate in water activities?
If you are, then you’re in luck. There’s an endless amount of adventures you can have near a body of water!
Even if you’re not athletic, there are activities for all different skill levels. Have you heard of canyoning? It may sound scary, but it’s quite the adventure!
To learn more about canyoning and other out-of-this-world water adventures, keep reading. By the time you’re done learning about these seven activities, you’ll be dying head to the water!
Paddling in a kayak takes work, but it’s well worth the effort. While kayaking in the water, you get to check out the sites around you. Observing everything makes you feel one with nature.
Moving across the water in a kayak is a great way to do some exploring while getting some arm exercise. If you’re adventurous, this is the perfect activity for you.
And even if you need some nudging to try this water activity, you won’t be disappointed.
Along the way, you may run into some friendly fish. If you’re kayaking in the ocean, look out for dolphins and seals!
The luckiest of kayakers get to see whales, which would be quite the tale!
2. Banana Boat Ride
If you’re up for having a great time with friends and family, go on a banana boat ride.
A banana boat ride is when a boat tows a banana boat full of people. As a passenger, all you have to do is hold on tight and have a great time.
Like jet skiing, you’ll glide across the water. The only difference is that there are more people and twice the fun.
You have to admit that adventuring on the water without having to exercise does sound appealing!
3. Cliff Diving
Some people live for cliff diving. They love the rush that they get from jumping off the steep ledge!
This is not something to try if you’re afraid of heights or aren’t a good swimmer. You must be able to swim well before attempting this daring activity. And you should be well-versed in cliff jumping safety before you try it.
If you’d like to try cliff diving, make sure you dive in a well-known spot with deep enough water.
Do your research and make sure the spot is safe before going cliff diving there. And, be sure to bring along a friend or two for safety measures.
As long as you take all the proper precautions, you should have a great time!
Canyoning is a blast but requires a particular skill set.
This adventure consists of a guided tour where you travel through a canyon in a wetsuit. During the activity, you’ll use a variety of techniques to explore the terrain.
You can expect to do plenty of walking, climbing, jumping, and swimming along the way.
There’s no doubt that canyons are beautiful, and many people love exploring them. Canyoning makes it possible for you to explore them in a whole new way!
5. Horse Surfing
If you love horses and surfing, then you’re going to enjoy horse surfing!. This activity takes some skill, but it’s creative and entertaining.
To horse surf, you’ll need a wakeboard, a horse, a body of water, and some confidence.
This water activity consists of a rider on horseback pulling a wakeboarder behind them.
You may want to master horseback riding or wakeboarding (or both!) before mustering up the courage to try this daring activity.
Even if you decide it’s not for you, one of your friends might be up for it. If so, you can be their cheerleader and enjoy the sport from a distance!
6. Cage Diving
Sharks are pretty cool, but if you’ve seen Jaws, you may not feel like flirting with danger. Even though most sharks are harmless, I don’t blame you if the thought of being near one scares you.
If you’re fascinated by sharks but aren’t willing to go diving where they are, there’s a solution:
Get close to sharks by going cage diving. You’ll be in an underwater cage, so these predators can’t harm you.
This activity is a great way to learn more about the creatures of the ocean. And it’s bound to make your heart pound when one swims by you!
By themselves, surfing and sailing are a lot of fun. Combined, they create the experience known as windsurfing.
Windsurfing is relaxing but takes concentration and skill. Of course, you also need the right type of water and wind conditions to make it happen.
If you’re interested in learning how to windsurf, you can take lessons. During your lessons, you’ll learn how to stand, how to steer, and what type of weather is best for windsurfing.
It’s important to work on your balance to get windsurfing down, but you have to start somewhere. Once you get the hang of it, this activity is quite an adventure!
It’s crazy how many adventures you can have near water. The seven activities we covered are just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’re up for having an amazing time and want to try something new, this list is an excellent place to start.
So whether you just moved to an apartment near the ocean or are planning your next vacation, start thinking about the water activities you want to try. Your next adventure is waiting for you!
Caitlin Sinclair leads the property management team at GIO Apartments, an apartment complex only minutes away from the American River in Sacramento, CA.