If you’re someone who enjoys spending time in nature and doing sports, you’re probably used to the fact that many sports and hobbies can cost a lot of money. Some require a great investment up front, while others will require you to go buy get as you progress. But not everyone can afford all of the gear that comes with expensive sports, nor do they want to spend the money if they’re not sure they’ll enjoy it. So, if you’re a water-lover, make sure you keep reading to find out what are the best water sports you can do that won’t break the bank – and those that will be completely worth it.
We’re starting off with something that is definitely not for the faint of heart. Cliff diving is a rush like no other and it is one activity that will really make you feel alive and put some hair on your chest. Speaking of cost – there are none! All you need is your swimsuit. However, it does require some preparation. You need to research the location you’re going to make sure it’s safe to dive from a great height. Never dive if you’re not completely sure the cliff is safe. If you’re new, always look for spots where there are some people already jumping and join them, because they’ve already tested the waters.
Taking a 180 into something a lot more calming and relaxing, let’s talk about paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is different from kayaking or canoeing because it is meant only for still, calm water where you can slowly paddle and relax. It’s a great activity for both adults, kids and families since it’s fairly simple and doesn’t require too much physical strength. As far as the cost, this will greatly depend on how serious you want to take this. You can use this website to compare the costs of different ranges of paddleboards, but if it’s your first time and you just want to try it out, you can also rent them for the day to see if you’d like it.
Here’s another low-cost option. Snorkeling equipment can be found quite cheap and then it’s all about getting to those beautiful locations where you’ll see some amazing sights underwater. Snorkeling is also a great activity for kids since you stay close to the surface at all times and there’s very little chance of drowning or getting hurt. If you have a budget to stretch, it will be worth it to find a guided tour that will take you to the best spots and guarantee you’ll see more than loose change and flip-flops with a snail living in them.
Without learning the rules of water polo, you can play water volleyball wherever you can stick a net. It’s a great group activity for you and your friends and it will usually only cost you the entry ticket to a pool with a net and potentially renting a ball if there aren’t ones already there to use. It will get you active and produce some good laughs, without breaking the bank and buying expensive equipment for every player.
In the end, let’s talk about one that is definitely on the luxury side of things. Sailing is a sport that not everyone can enjoy since it requires you have a sail up front, a sailing license, but let me tell you – it is well worth the investment. Your sailboat will last you your whole life and you’ll fall in love with how it feels to be in charge in the open waters. It’s particularly worth it if you live near a body of water where you can go out and sail every weekend. The weather’s nice. If you want to keep costs on the lower end, you can rent a sailboat for a season and share it with a group of friends. If you all split the cost and rotate using it (or use it all together) it will drastically lower the price for everyone and you’ll still get to enjoy it. For a full lux experience, of course, you’re going to want to rent a sailboat with a captain and maybe even a few staff members.
Sports on the water are a great way to get your exercise and outdoor time into your schedule. If you live near water this is probably second nature to you, but even if you’re surrounded by land as far as the eye can see, there are tools that you can use to enjoy water activities regularly.