Victorians love the outdoors and water adventure is high on the list of fun activities we like to participate in. As a visitor to the region, you need to know the best places to go to participate, and where to book a tour or rent the equipment you’re going to need. Look no further. Start planning your water adventure activities here.
If you’ve ever held your breath and gone for an underwater adventure, you’ve been freediving. The sport of free diving though is much more than just holding your breath and exploring the shallow waters. It is about the freedom to explore – sometimes at great depths – the waters of the world, without the use of under-water breathing apparatus.
Kayaking is a boating activity - that uses a kayak – and continues to grow in popularity and attract new participants. And it’s easy to see why. It is a sport that is fun, affordable, can be done solo and in groups and is an awesome way to explore new areas. Once you start kayaking, you usually keep on kayaking.
Kite boarding – sometimes called kite surfing – is a surface watersport that harnesses the power of the wind to propel the surfer across the water on a small board. Victoria and the Southern Vancouver Island region is a kite boarder’s paradise. A meteorologist could explain WHY it can get pretty windy around here, but watersport enthusiasts who rely on wind don’t care and are just happy that it does.
Motor boating is a pleasure sport that utilizes some type of boat with a motor. Sometimes it is referred to as pleasure boating or recreational boating. Many people in the Greater Victoria utilize their motor boats for crabbing and fishing as opposed to other water activities such as parasailing or water skiing.
Sailing is a wind-propelled boating activity that harnesses the power of wind to move the craft along the surface of the water. The sailor adjusts the alignment of the sails according to the wind direction in order to capture and utilize the power of the wind. Sail boats are very common in the waters around Victoria and annually the region is home to the Swiftsure International Yacht Race.
Scuba diving is an underwater activity that involves wearing a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) to explore the depths of the waters. Whether you are here to discover the incredible marine life or check out some local wrecks, Victoria is a popular destination for scuba diving.
Skimboarding is an interesting sport that is like surfing on shallow water. Skimmers use a board that is similar to a small surfboard without a fin. They will catch a wave after it has broken and ride it back to shore. It is a popular activity for younger water enthusiasts because they stay close to the shoreline but participants of all ages can have fun riding the wave and learning tricks.
Snorkelling is a swimming activity that is hugely popular in the warm clear waters of popular resort destinations. But it is also a fun and affordable activity that can be done in the waters surrounding Greater Victoria.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a newer water sport that seems to be gaining in popularity every year. Some people predict it will take over kayaking as far as most popular water adventure activity. Stand up paddle boarding is abbreviated to SUP and uses a surf style board and a long paddle. It has also been described as a cross between canoeing and surfing.
Surfing is a surface water sport whereby the participants - known as surfers - swim out into the water with their board, stand on top of the board and then ride a wave back to the shore. Some people easily learn the basics of surfing and others spend hours just trying to catch one wave.
Wakeboarding is a relatively new water adventure sport that is a cross between surfing, water skiing and snowboarding. With wakeboarding, the rider is fastened to the board and towed behind a motor boat. One advantage to this activity is you don’t have to wait for waves like a surfer, you just go create your own with a motor boat!
Windsurfing is another surface water sport that involves the participant riding on a fairly short board with a sail attached. The activity incorporates elements of both surfing and sailing and is sometimes called sailboarding or boardsailing. When the wind picks up here on Southern Vancouver Island, the windsurfers will take to the water.
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