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How to Get Started With Jet Skiing 0

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Martin Banks

Trying something new is exciting, but it’s essential to still prioritize safety. If Jet Skiing is something you’ve dreamt of trying, then seize the moment and start learning. Jet Skiing is a great activity to enjoy on a hot summer day. Just be aware that once you start, you might choose to make it a full-time hobby!

Here are five things to consider when getting started with Jet Skiing:

1. Prioritize Safety

Whether you are an avid Jet Skier or this is your first time out, you should always prioritize safety. Start by always wearing a life jacket when you ride. Passengers should also wear life jackets, and you should be careful not to go over the weight limit.

Remember to follow the safety instructions provided by the agency or tour group you are renting from. Pay attention to your surroundings and be mindful of other people in the area.

2. Learn the Controls

Every Jet Ski is different, so you must take the time to learn the controls. Find the throttle, practice steering and locate the emergency shut-off. Check to see if your model has a braking system. If so, familiarize yourself with it before starting.

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How to Get Started in Kiteboarding 0

Posted on September 21, 2020 by Martin Banks

Kiteboarding combines two of our favorite sports — waterboarding and parasailing — into one adrenaline-fueled blast. It’s amazing to watch experienced kiteboarders fly across the water, using wind and waves to launch themselves high into the air. Getting on one of those boards, on the other hand, can be incredibly intimidating. Here’s how to get started and enjoy the sport to the fullest.

Look Into Lessons

Don’t try to get into kiteboarding on your own. You can buy the equipment and head out to the beach, and you might even get moving. However, unless you’re very lucky, you’re probably going to end up in the emergency room. It’s best to seek an experienced instructor and take some lessons before exploring the world of kiteboarding.

Don’t Skimp on Equipment

They say you get what you pay for, and that goes double for kiteboarding equipment. Don’t cheap out when you start buying needed supplies. The last thing you need is a harness snapping at full tension or some other item failing when you need it the most. If you’re going to buy your own equipment, opt for the best you can afford. 

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4 Water Sports You Didn’t Realize Helped with Concentration 0

Posted on December 08, 2019 by Brooke Chaplan

When you’re in the water, you have no choice but to be in the moment. Aquatic safety depends on how you note your surroundings and react in time when something unexpected happens. That means that water sports can help increase not only your stamina and flexibility, but also your concentration. These four water sports aren’t just fun ways to pass time. They can also help you to improve your focus.

Swimming

Swimming puts you in water and requires you to make your way through safely. You can’t bring in your smartphone or a book while you’re in the pool or ocean. Research suggests competitive swimmers can have a major advantage in their cognitive function abilities. To be an effective swimmer, one has to work their mental and physical faculties in equal measure. This concentration can apply to all kinds of activities, like driving and cooking.

Rowing

Rowing is one of the most demanding water sports. If you’re rowing with others as part of a team, you need to depend on each other to navigate the boat and reach the end. Your motions need to be full and deliberate. It can also show the importance of consistency. One full rotation of oars might not do anything, but repeated over time, you can find great results.

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6 Water Sports You Need to Try This Year 3

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Martin Banks

Summer is around the corner. If heading to the beach, think about getting off the sand and heading out into the water for more than just a swim. Many water sports are out there for us to try.

Water sports can be an exciting adventure as well as a fun way to stay in shape this summer. There are many things you can do alone as well as group activities where you can involve your friends and family. Check out a few of these water sports and see if you’d like to try some of them this year.

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Water Skiing

Water skiing is the ultimate water sport. Most of us have wanted to try it at one time or another. Those of us who have experienced it know it’s not nearly as easy as it looks.

The hardest part is maintaining your balance — and your dignity — as the boat pulls you along. You will use and develop muscles you never thought about, and you’ll certainly feel them the next day.

Water skiing offers an intense workout as well as a summer thrill. Don’t try this if you aren’t in good physical condition. Practice it often, and you’ll find your way to a summer bod before you know it.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Stan Jones – Weight Training Trailblazer
      October 11, 2020 | 1:48 pm
      Stan Jones

      The Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month was one of the great linemen of his era and is considered a trailblazer for using weight training and conditioning to develop his skills.

      After a standout career at the University of Maryland, Stan Jones spent nine seasons as an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowl appearances and earning first team All-Pro three times.

      In 1962, assistant coach George Allen suggested Jones move to defense to help solidify that unit for the Bears. He played both ways in 1962 and then in 1963 moved permanently to the defense.

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