Get in the ocean this summer – whatever it takes!

It’s getting warmer, with improving weather forecasts every week. There’s no better time to get wet and make use of warmer weather in the water. You’ve just got to make that decision and go. However and whatever it takes.

For sure, there are many tried and tested ways to keep moist this season but that shouldn’t stop everyone having a dig. Grab those reigns and hit it! With this in mind here are a few watersports to help make the most of your time at the beach, lake or river this summer.


We love stand up paddle boarding here at NCW. Easier than you’d imagine paddling while stood on an oversize looking surfboard (even though it’s not quite one) is accessible and fun. Mellow or frenetic, depending on the environment you put yourself in, SUP is an easy way to get afloat and make use of time beside any stretch of water.

NCW 32 gbs wetsuit
NCSW team rider Dave Ludgate showing how SUP’s done.


Windsurfing is still perceived as a sport where you constantly fall (as is the way it’s portrayed in mainstream media). Windsurfing equipment has come on leaps and bounds during the last 20 years and it’s never been easier to get into. With a qualified instructor showing you the ropes you’ll be up and riding quick smart with minimal dunkings.

You and your kids can learn how to windsurf – it’s easier than you think.


Windsurfing’s younger sibling offers quick progression and an efficient way to make use of light winds. Even when the breeze fills in you’ll find plenty of kiters ready and willing to hit the brine. With a qualified coach giving you guidance you’ll be heading for the horizon (but hopefully coming back at some point) without too much hassle.


You’d be forgiven for thinking boogs are just for kids. Check online for evidence of high performance riding before heading to the beach and getting stuck in yourself. Fear not, however, bodyboarding doesn’t have to be as extreme as the pros make out. Simply hucking into mellow white water and skimming towards the beach is ample fun for most.


With a yellow and blue foamie under your feet you can’t fail to have fun whilst frolicking in the surf – even if you never actually get to your feet (so what!). Fork out for a lesson or two, however, and you’ll be ripping in no time.

With a bit of instruction, your surfing could end up like this in no time.

Sit on top kayaking.

We’re not talking about kayaks you sit inside; we’re talking about sit on tops. Accessibility and user friendly are keywords when discussing sit on kayaks. Stable these boats most definitely are meaning a few minutes (yes, minutes not days!) are all it takes to get yourself moving and having fun in the sun.

Sailing dinghies.

Too many moving parts, all those ropes and nautical terms may be off putting but actually with an experienced hand guiding you through it’ll all make sense soon enough. Pottering along in a marginal sea breeze or shooting off downwind with the spinnaker flying is all part and parcel of an easy to access and engaging watersport.

Dinghy sailing’s a great choice for kids. And there are plenty of sailing schools around.

Whatever you choose as your next water going activity just get involved. Talk is cheap whereas actually doing is far more fulfilling. Get out there. Get on it. And get involved – whatever it takes.

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