We wait all year for the fun activities we get to enjoy during summer. No school, BBQs, and weeks at the cottage – there are so many things to do! Right at the top of most people’s list is finding ways to keep cool when the sun is blazing. What could be better more exciting – and refreshing – than water sports? Get out and try out some of Top 10 Most Popular Water Sports taking over the summer!

10 – Underwater Hockey

This cold weather sport gets a makeover and goes non-contact with just a swimming pool. The aim is still to get the puck in the net. However, this time set aside your hockey stick and skates – a snorkel and fins are essential!

09 – Kayaking/ Canoeing


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Spending the day on the water is no hardship when you can kayak or canoe. Those preferring solitude find them a perfect way to relax and get in touch with nature. As an added bonus, both are wonderful exercises for the upper body!

08 – Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

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Jet skiing is popular for many reasons – speed likely being on the top of most lists. They are easy to maneuver, quick, and powerful – satisfying all different types of adventure seekers. All you need is a jet ski and a lake to splash your way through the day. Oh – wetsuits are optional!

07 – Parasailing


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Well known in the Caribbean, you only need a body of water and a boat to enjoy all summer. You get the feeling of flying as you are towed; upwards air drafts causing the parasail wing to lift in the air. Coming back down to earth is as simple as cutting the motor of the tow vehicle.

06 – White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

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This sport is not for the faint of heart. Channels of churning water toss you in every direction and just staying upright is an effort. It has a high excitement factor (think waterfall) but make sure you can swim. It hasn’t been unknown for rafters to get splashed out of the raft!

05 – Fishing


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No top ten lists would be complete without fishing. Whether it is for sport or recreation, billions of dollars are spent on fishing products every year. Try deep-sea fishing for more thrills or visit the local lake to catch your own supper! It’s both relaxing and thrilling when you got a fish on your hook.

04 – Boat Racing

Boat Racing

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If you feel the need for speed, this is definitely for you! A great way to spend the day, your competitive nature will make you aim for the finish line every time. Professionals make a good living by winning races as well. However, please be well-trained and in a safe area!

03 – Water Skiing

Water Skiing

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Balance is crucial for this fast sport adventure. A wonderful activity whether on a calm lake or in the ocean waves, water skiing is easy to learn and fun for all ages. With the breeze zipping past your skin and water spraying you, you will quickly cool off from the heat.

02 – Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

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You can spend hours exploring the mysteries of the deep and discovering the endless beauty under the sea. You don’t have to be certified if you didn’t want to, there are diving groups to monitor your activities. It is not hard to become a certified diver but it does give you access to many more exciting locations such as Australia’s Great Coral Reef. Scuba diving is fun for the whole family!

01 – Surfing


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Riding the waves is the ultimate ecstasy in water sports for many who love to be in the water. Hawaii’s North Shore is the most famous and coveted destination for surfing in the world. It requires plenty of practice and a good sense of balance to hold on to the elusive “perfect wave”. Once you are riding across the water and gliding through your first wave tunnel, you know there isn’t any other kind of experience like it!