Cool Summer Fun: Engaging in Watersports by the Lakeside

male athlete rides on a wakeboard on lake in summer

Water sports are a fun and active way to beat the heat. Choosing water sports for you and your family to enjoy depends on what you are looking for excitement or relaxation on a trip.

At the height of summer, water sports are an attractive respite from the heat. More than just an opportunity to cool off, water sports and activities are an excellent way to get the adrenalin pumping and get you and your family more active in the summer sun. In places like Bear Lake, vacation rentals are often a short drive away from various water sports and activities by the shoreline and around the area, meaning that wet and wild fun is often on a summer visitor’s itinerary.

Water Sports

Water sports is a collective designation for physical activities done on and in the water, so named because many of them are performed competitively. A few of these activities are even recognized as Olympic sporting events. Swimming is the most familiar of these, enjoyed by many as a way to stay cool and get fit but also performed competitively.

Despite the term, many of these activities can be tried out and enjoyed solely for the joy and thrill involved. Many water sports that rely on machines or vehicles, for instance, can be tried out with little fuss, providing you with a taste of the adrenaline rush.

What to Choose?

jetski parked on the lakeside

With so many activities to choose from, it can be very hard to pick out a list of things to do during the duration of your trip, especially if don’t have the time to try them all. Exactly what you can place on your itinerary would depend on what you’re looking for in your summer trip. Do you want to have an easygoing good time with the family, or are you looking for thrills and new experiences?

If you don’t happen to be much of an adrenaline junkie or just want to relax and cool off, swimming is your best bet. Besides being a fun activity for the whole family, swimming is an excellent total body workout and can be done on your own pace.

If you’re looking for something exciting, meanwhile, jet skiing and water skiing are one of your best bets for an exhilarating time on the lakeside.

Staying Safe

Safety is an important concern for all sports. Staying safe on the water is a key part of keeping your summer activities fun. First of all, keep all your activities appropriate for both your age and fitness level. Be sure to ask your doctor if you are fit enough to engage in adrenaline-inducing activities before participating in them. Do not attempt any water sports in a body of water without learning the basics of surviving on open water.

Whether you are participating in a new sport or just swimming, it is always important to have someone with you to call for help or inform others of your whereabouts. Traveling alone can be dangerous.

Always follow the instructor’s safety guidelines when participating in a new sporting activity. Keep the life vests on at all times while on the water’s edge; this will keep you afloat if you are incapacitated in some form in an emergency until help arrives.

Finally, when engaging in summer fun, it is always important to protect the skin from the damaging effects of solar radiation. Periodic applications of sunscreen can help protect you and your family from sunburns.

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