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The Most Popular Water Sports Worldwide 1

Posted on June 14, 2020 by Brooke Chaplan

The sun is shining, the skies are blue, the kids are finally out of school – everyone loves the summertime! Whether its barbecuing, long evenings out on the town, camping, family vacations, or even just a solitary walk on the beach, there is something for everyone to look forward to. If you love to be near the water during the summer months, it is never too late to try out a new water sport – it could be scuba diving, water skiing, surfing, kayaking, or even good old-fashioned fishing. You never know what you might fall in love with until you give it a chance!

Water sports

Although there are some competitive, team-based water sports, the majority of recreational water sports do not fall into either of these categories. Swimming is probably the most popular choice for the casual athlete because it requires very little athletic ability to learn and is a family-friendly activity. Not only is learning to swim an essential life skill that could save your child’s life, swimming is one of the safest youth sports that is often chosen by mindful parents due to the very low risk of injuries to adolescent competitors, especially in comparison to other popular sports such as football, soccer, basketball, or gymnastics. Other water sports that are family-friendly include fishing and boating, which are also both safe and fun for everybody.

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