4 water sports and activities everyone should try on a cruise

As your cruise vacation approaches, trying out water sports or cruising the sea is a great way to cool off. We’ve put together just the right list for you if you’re looking for watersports.

Whether you like challenges that give you an adrenaline rush or prefer easy-to-learn and relaxing sports, you will find the ideal option for you in our list:

1. Surfing

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FlowRider surf simulator on Liberty of the Seas (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Surfing is an easy sport to learn and suitable for all ages as it requires minimal effort to hoist the sails and balance. The sails used in surfing are light and wide, which helps beginners feel more confident and overcome their fears. There are many companies operating in the coastal towns that can help you learn to surf as a beginner and gain hands-on experience with the help of a surf coach.

2. Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is another exciting water sport. It emerged from three combined sports: snowboarding, surfing and skiing. Traditionally, the feet are strapped to a board. You will also need to hold on to a rope attached to the back of your boat. Shadowed by a motorboat, the board pulls along at the normal speed of about 30 miles per hour.

Seek help from a professional trainer in the beginning to ensure a safe and fun experience. If you’re interested in the sport, add flair to your experience by getting a custom-made wakeboard from Aerial Wakeboarding.

3. Skimboarding

Skimboarding has a history of over 60 years, in its original form with round wooden boards. Today, some skimboards are made of fiberglass, which improves balance and is a much safer alternative. With skimboarding you need to invest in a smaller surfboard – a skimboard – that doesn’t have fins. It allows you to launch on the sand on the beach and plunge into the water with the same momentum. Skimboarding is a much easier and safer alternative to surfboarding, especially for beginners.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking is a beginner-friendly water sport that uses a small and narrow watercraft. Most kayaks only fit two people and require paddling strength. Kayaking is ideal for calm waters with gentle waves such as lagoons, coasts and rivers. Kayaks are much smaller than boats, allowing you to navigate corners of your choosing.

Paddling a kayak is also a great exercise as it involves using your arms, back and shoulders. It teaches you balance and gives you the opportunity to explore the water independently. It only takes a little practice to become a skilled paddler and you can also fish from a kayak.

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Water sports are an excellent way to freshen up and step out of your comfort zone this summer. They help you be physically active and get your daily dose of exercise in an effortless and fun way. If you are new to the world of water adventures, we recommend more accessible water sports like surfing or kayaking. These require a minimal investment in a surfboard or kayak, and you can easily rent gear for the day. You can connect with trainers or companies that offer your desired water sports training. Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions and assess your options before hitting the water this summer.


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