Get Started in Boating and Watersports
To get started you don’t need any expensive equipment,
you don’t need to know any special language and you don’t even need
to be that fit!There are plenty of opportunities around the UK for
most types of water sports.
Top tips to get on the water
Go with someone you know
This is one of the most common ways of getting on the water.
Over 3 million people get out on the water in UK.
Hire a Boat
Like all outdoor activities the prices change depending on the
season. Week days are cheaper than weekends and a couple of days
may be cheaper than one day.
Join a Club
There are lots of clubs, all around the UK, and not just on the
sea! Many hold open or taster days for you to try them out. Why not
give them a call or go on-line and find your next
Find A Slipway
Getting on the water can be as simple as finding your nearest
access to water and buying a second hand canoe. A word of advice
though – it pays to check out the local conditions and make sure
you take care of your own safety on the
Join a Big Adventure or Enjoy Local Competition
If you are feeling like adventure then why not sign up to race
around the world, or even one leg of it! Try Clipper Round
. If competition is your thing then why not sign up as
crew for one of the many regattas and race series that take place
around the country. It’s usually free too.
Try it First on Holiday
There’s a huge range of holidays to choose from – in the UK
and abroad. Your holiday afloat
can be as
energetic or as relaxed as you like. Check out the On The Water
recommendations using the holiday
Go to an Event
To get a real flavour of boating before you buy why not go to
a taster event or a boat show. Have a look at the On the Water events calendar
to find an
event near you.
Many water sports clubs and centres also hold open days. Watch
out for details in local newspapers and on local authority web
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