One of the best parts of summer is that it’s the ideal time to go on water sports trips, since the weather agrees with all fans of such activities. Our post here isn’t for the pro-level practitioners of water sports who probably already know best what their activity consists of and what props they need for it, but rather for amateur-level fitness enthusiasts who’d like to give these sports a go. Therefore, our main recommendation is for you to sign up for one of the water sports adventure packs sold by professional groups who organize trips for the less knowledgeable. This way, you won’t have to worry about the actual professional props and equipment, which will be provided by the organizers, precisely so you won’t have to invest in anything until you are sure this is a sport you would like to seriously pursue.
Our list of essentials for water sports therefore refers to more mundane items, the personal accessories which aren’t essential, but which you should take along with you nonetheless. The best part about the items on our list is that you can reuse them for other types of sports activities or simply outdoor time per se. Without further ado, here are out top suggestions for water sports.
1. Sunglasses with anti-splash protection
Look for special sunglasses marketed as being designed especially for water sports. They’re a bit more complicated than normal sunglasses, since they should protect you from both the sunlight and the water drops which will splash from all directions from time to time. Also consider some good underwater goggles while you’re at it (you never know when you might become submerged!). You can find them both for pretty low prices on websites specializing in water sports accessories.
2. A good sun-proof shirt
You need a good protection for the harmful effects of sun’s rays, and lotions alone aren’t going to help you, even if the label says they’re waterproof. We like this Speedo shirt the most (and its price is also more than reasonable).
3. A swimming watch
If you can keep track of time while practicing the water sports you’ve dreamed of, wouldn’t it be great? Well, if you invest a bit in a waterproof watch, you’ll take that worry off your mind. Such a watch is also great to use in regular circumstances as well, since you don’t have to be so careful around it (like when you’re washing your hands, for instance).
4. A waterproof camera (adventure camera)
These are usually quite cheap (a few tens of dollars), even when you buy one from a very reputable brand like Sony or Nikon or Cannon. The great part about them is that they’re not only waterproof but they can also be easily attached to your sports helmet in order to POV film your entire adventure in the boat no matter how much water splashes in your direction.