Are you looking for some adventure during the summer holidays or spring break but you are not all that keen on extreme sports or risky experiences and you do, however, enjoy water sports? Then paddle-boarding is just the sport for you. All you have to do is stand up-right on the board and use the paddle to glide through the water. While standing on the board, the rider holds the paddle with one hand on the handle and the other hand approximately 1/3 of the way down the shaft. The hand placement alternates depending on what side the rider is paddling on. When paddling on the right side the handle is held with the left hand and the shaft with the right, vice versa on the left side. When paddling the blade of the paddle is placed in the water 1 to 2 feet in front of the rider. A novice to the sport can get the hang of it fairly quickly, sometimes with only one relatively short lesson. Paddle boarding is a sport that will keep you fit whilst doing something which could be quite relaxing, if you are doing it leisurely, or very exciting, if you are competing in a race.
Paddle boarding has become increasingly popular. Stand up paddling was listed on the Outdoor Foundation’s 2013 Outdoor Participation Report as the most popular outdoor activity among first-time participants with 56% of all the first-time participants of outdoor activities in 2013, beating boardsailing/windsurfing which had 43% of first-time participants. Its boom in popularity is mainly because of its accessibility and teachable ease. Also, as strong waves are not necessary for propelling or navigating the craft, stand up paddle-boarding can be easily adapted to many climates and geography. Another reason for its growing popularity is the inexpensive equipment which consists of a hollow constructed board and a long paddle. Anyone interested in trying out or taking up the sport can find paddleboard rentals.
Another popular water sport these days is kayaking. Instead of going for paddleboard rentals one can rent a kayak. Kayaking is a safe, fun, outdoor activity the entire family can participate in with little risk at a low cost. For a great family bonding experience, find an outfitter that does flat water kayaking and sign-up for a guided kayak tour. A guided kayak tour on flat water is an excellent introduction to kayaking. The trip starts with just enough instruction to get you going and makes kayaking an easy and fun experience for everyone. Along the way, you’re likely to learn much more about kayaking and your guide should be happy to answer your questions and offer additional instruction to anyone who is interested in trying out alone. If you are looking for a more adventurous experience you can rent a kayak and with a few simple steps you can try white-water or sea kayaking which involve bigger water, swifter currents and other hazards contrast to recreational kayaking which is as safe as a day at the beach.