5 Great Water Sports for Beginners

Looking to try something new on vacation? Here are 5 great water sports for beginners: swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, SUP yoga, and surfing.

Water sports for beginners 

There is nothing like a day on the water, especially in the summer heat. Many of us are about to head out on vacation, so we are dreaming of all the fun we can have on the water. But water sports aren’t just for vacation, and they also aren’t just for experienced athletes. Watersports is a broad category that offers a little bit for everyone. 

Whether you are getting ready to head out on vacation or just want to try something new, here are our favorite watersports for beginners!

Swimming

We believe that everyone should know how to swim. Being able to swim is more than just fun or great for exercise, it is also an important matter of safety. That’s why the first thing we do at a Deep End Fitness session is a screener. Water confidence is a life-saving skill and everyone should have it.

The Deep End Fitness Program is designed for athletes of all levels to help develop mental focus, manage stress, strengthen water confidence and build efficient breathing techniques. We do this through enhancing water and life confidence while in the pool. We have sessions that cater to your level and needs. Come check it out

Once you know how to swim you have opened the door to a world of other awesome water sports! Or, you can choose to focus on swimming!

“Water confidence is a survival skill and everyone should have it.”

Kayaking

Whether you live near an ocean, river or lake, you are bound to meet people who kayak. Kayaking is a great water sport for beginners. It’s a great way to leisurely get out on the water, fish or even explore hidden spots in nature. It’s also awesome exercise for the upper body! Make sure that you have a kayak that suits your size, a good paddle and a life jacket. Take safety into account and research where you plan on getting in the water. While kayaking is generally safe, currents and rapids can quickly make it dangerous. It is always better to kayak in well known spots and to bring a friend. 

Stand up paddle boarding and SUP yoga

Stand up paddle boarding is great exercise and perfect for people who want to get out on the water but don’t necessarily want to surf or be pulled behind a boat. It consists of a large board and a paddle and is pretty simple: get out in the water, get on your board and get going. standing does require a bit of balance, but it doesn’t take most people very long to get the hang of it. It also doesn’t require lessons: while there are teachers available, the skills are pretty simple and could be found online. The SUP community is huge and spans the globe, and there are plenty of activities. If you find that you enjoy going a bit faster, you may be interested in eventually trying out an SUP race. Speed not your speed?  Within SUP you will also find people who practice SUP yoga which is yoga on a paddle board. 

Beginner surfing 

Surfing can be just as fun for beginners as it is for the pros. There is nothing like the feeling of standing up on your board and riding a wave to the shore, and if it is your first time, a little wave will do. It will still be exciting. A good teacher can help you spot the right waves, stand up and ride them like a (beginner) pro. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere!

Underwater Torpedo League

You may want to try the fastest growing underwater sport out there: the Underwater Torpedo League. Popularized by servicemen and women, it combines the fun of a football game with the challenge of competing underwater. Sometimes called “Underwater Fight Club” it’s bound to be a good time. Want to see what it’s all about before you try it? Check out our YouTube channel for some awesome footage of the best time you’ll ever have in a pool, guaranteed.

Published by Don Tran

Don Tran served 12 years in the military as a Marine Raider and water survival instructor, he is a candidate at the USC EMBA Program. Don has a passion for coaching, relentless training, and pushing the limits in every environment from the gym, to the pool, to working in the office. Don applies his real-world experience as a leader in the military, business entrepreneur, and mindset/fitness coach to teach focus, efficient movement, and mental fortitude. Don strives to help athletes and individuals overcome fears, break boundaries, and become the best version of themselves.

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