Now that school’s out and the warm weather has arrived, it’s time to start enjoying everything summer has to offer. With summer comes heat, and with heat comes creative water activities to cool off. Listed below are the top three summer water activities.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting is a great option for just about any group — large or small, young or more seasoned, family or friends. And you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy it. River sections are categorized according to difficulty which generally relates to a minimum age level. If you see a particular river section is good for youngsters as young as 6, that means it’s good for just about everyone. Too easy for you? Check out some of the more challenging river sections, such as the Lower New River and the Gauley River. However, we have to warn you… once you try white water rafting, you’ll definitely be back for more!
If you prefer to be in command of your own boat, kayak touring is a great way to explore your surroundings. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a good workout. Best of all, you’ll see so more wildlife than you would by any other form of travel. One, it’s quiet — aka, critters don’t even know you’re there. Two, you’re close to the water’s surface and cruising around in a giant drinking bowl — that means you’re positioned right where wildlife congregates.
Start off with some paddling instructions to learn how to navigate, and you’re on your way. Be sure to grab your hat and sunglasses (just make sure they’re secure!), and get ready for an enjoyable day outdoors.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, stand up paddleboarding might be a good choice. As the name suggests, you are standing on a large, wide board (with a grippy surface), and using a longer than average paddle. Of course, this makes your center of gravity much different, so starting on flat water is the best way to get your sea legs. Given a few trips, you’ll probably be ready for moving water. Many of these boards are perfectly designed for ripples and small rapids.
These are just three of our top summer water activities to add to your summer bucket list. Put on your bathing suit, grab the sunblock, and get paddling! Get ready for some fun in the sun, sport that PFD (personal flotation device), and start crossing ‘em off your list!