Water Sports

Water Sports

Plan Your Next Water Sports Adventure

Looking for a fun way to stay active during the summer? Here at Active Weekender we think that water sports offer the best activities when it comes to keeping cool while staying active.

From low key fun like snorkeling to adrenaline-packed wakeboarding sessions, we’ve got something for everyone. 

Check out our guides and resources below to get tips on water-based fun that will get your heart pumping. From beginners to more advanced skill levels, we’ve got you covered.

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Oar vs Paddle: What’s The Difference

If you’ve been hanging out with other water sports enthusiasts, then you’ve probably noticed that people use the words “oar” and “paddle” interchangeably.  But are a paddle and an oar the same thing? Or are they different from one another? The truth is that they are not the same and have some distinct differences. The

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Get a Triathlon Watch. Your PR is Waiting!

If you’re reading this, chances are you have already crushed a few hills and swam plenty of laps. You’re ready to take the next step and milk the most out of your multi-sport training. Keep your eyes on the sweet prize of crossing the finish line as you browse the triathlon watch options, while keeping

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What Is Snuba? Is it Worth Doing?

Snuba, as the portmanteau implies, is a fusion of snorkeling and scuba diving. In snuba, a diver uses an air cylinder and a regulator to breathe under the water. This makes snuba more closely related to scuba diving than to snorkeling, but it does have some commonalities with both forms of underwater exploration. What is

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Best Kayak Lights For Night Paddling (2021)

Exploring the water in a kayak gives a sense of peace and serenity and doing so in the dusk or dawn, or even overnight, can really enhance the experience.  Wildlife is more likely to be active at these times, the weather is cooler, and the world is more quiet. Safety is key when kayaking, especially

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Do You Need A License To Drive A Boat? (Laws For All 50 States)

Whether you’re planning on going swimming out in the lake, doing some fishing, or just joyriding in the water, you might be wondering if you need a license to drive that boat. The truth is the that boating laws vary from one state to the next. So, whether you’re interesting in the laws of your

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What Is Snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the act of using a snorkel to breathe underwater. That’s literally the only requirement. You don’t need a mask, you don’t need fins. If you are breathing through a snorkel, you’re snorkeling. However, many people think of snorkeling as the full-on gearing up that allows you to comfortably (and safely) float through the

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How Does A Snorkel Work?

A snorkel is a tube with a mouthpiece designed for breathing underwater. When worn properly, a snorkel keeps water out of a snorkeler’s mouth and air flowing in, allowing the person to breathe without surfacing for air. How Snorkels Work At the most basic level, snorkels work by creating a path from a snorkeler’s mouth

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Should You Buy A Used Paddle Board?

So, you’ve decided to make this the year that you try stand up paddle boarding and you’re shopping around for a SUP. But, the prices are bit more than you’d like to pay, so you might be wondering about buying used paddle boards. Is it a good idea to buy a used stand up paddle

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Safe & Secure Stand Up Paddle Board Storage Ideas (2021)

When you’re not using your paddle board, you might be tempted to just lean it in the corner of your garage or spare room. While that might seem like a smart idea, it’s really not and it may damage your SUP. You’ve probably spent a fair amount on your paddle board, so protect that investment

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Snorkeling With Glasses (How To Do It)

If you wear glasses, it can make diving in for a quick snorkel a little more complicated. Snorkeling involves a mask, you definitely need said mask, and simply wearing your glasses underneath it is, generally speaking, not the best idea for a few reasons. First, your snorkel mask may not have the space for your

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What To Wear Snorkeling (How to Dress for Safety and Comfort)

When you go snorkeling, there are a couple of things you’ll definitely have on – a snorkel, which allows you to breathe underwater, and a snorkel mask, which allows you to see underwater. Fins are also a very common snorkel accessory that helps propel you through the water and that most snorkelers choose to wear.

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How To Store Your Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

When you’re not using your inflatable paddle board, you might be tempted to leave it blown up on a rack or leaning up against a wall. This is definitely not the proper way to store your iSUP, even if it’s only for a short period of time. It doesn’t matter if you’re putting it away

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Don’t Paddle Board Without These 14 Must Have SUP Accessories

Stand up paddle boarding is an awesome way to spend an afternoon on the water, but you can make that experience even better with the right accessories. So, if you’re looking to expand beyond that leash and paddle, then let us share some of our favorite SUP accessories. With these, your paddling adventures will become

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7 Snorkeling Tips For A Safe And Satisfying Snorkel Adventure

Snorkeling is a water-based activity almost anyone can do. It doesn’t require any special abilities or training. In shallow, well-protected waters, it doesn’t even require the ability to swim. (Though, it does help!) For the most part, if you can breathe, you can snorkel. Just because snorkeling is easy, though, doesn’t mean it can’t be

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Snorkeling swimmers in Queens Bath near Princeville, Kauai

5 Gorgeous Snorkeling Spots in Kauai (and 2 You Should Skip)

Of the big four islands in Hawaii – the Big Island, Oahu, Maui and Kauai – Kauai gets the fewest number of visitors each year. Averaging just over 100,000 tourists per month, it’s graced by only a quarter the number of visitors of Oahu and less than half the visitors of Maui. That limited tourism

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Snorkeling vs Scuba Diving: An In-Depth Comparison

Snorkeling and scuba diving might seem like similar activities. And, in some ways, they are. Both sports are about exploring worlds beneath water, and both use breathing apparatuses to make that possible. However, there are major differences between snorkeling and scuba as well, from how you breathe to how much training you need to do

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Molokini Crater

Molokini Snorkeling: The Best Snorkeling Hawaii Has To Offer

The best spot for snorkeling in Hawaii isn’t on one of its islands. It’s in a caldera off the southwestern coast of Maui. Molokini is a crescent or moon-shaped formation often referred to as a small island. But, technically, it isn’t. What you see jutting out of the ocean from Maui’s shores is the ridge

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Honolua Bay in Maui Hawaii

Best Snorkeling Spots in Maui (After Molokini Crater)

Maui, Hawaii has some of the most rugged, most alluring ocean scenery in the world. And some of the most active ocean wildlife. The last time we were in Maui, we saw whales, dolphins and schools of fish swimming just off shore, crabs crawling over the lava rocks, and turtles out sunning on the beach.

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Can You Get A DUI On A Kayak?

Do you pack a six pack of beer in your dry bag when you’re heading out on the lake or river with your kayak? And are you ever worried about getting ticketed for a DUI (driving under the influence) if you drink a little too much? I know, it’s sounds crazy right? If you can’t

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How Long Does It Take To Swim A Mile?

If you’ve started doing some swim training, the you might be focused on your mile time. You’re probably wondering what’s a good one-mile swim time in freestyle. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned swimmer, we’ve got some data to share with you so you can see if you’re a fast swimmer, an average swimmer,

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Last Minute Shopper? These Make Awesome Gifts For Outdoorsy People

Got someone active and outdoorsy on your gift shopping list? Whether you’re shopping for a mountain biking enthusiasts or a snowshoer, there are a few gift options out there that are perfect for all outdoor lovers. It doesn’t matter the occasion – Christmas, birthdays, or some other special day – the gift ideas below are

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How To Identify A Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth Snakes)

There are many people out there that erroneously assume every swimming or water snake is a water moccasin. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. In fact, most snakes can technically swim, even those you might not think could like the diamond head rattlesnake. And in the places where water moccasins actually live and

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Get Your Dog Boat-Ready With These Easy Steps

There’s pretty much nothing cuter than spotting an adorable doggo out on the water with his or her owners for a boat day. But, you need the proper preparation if you’re going to bring your own furry friend out on the water. If you’re not sure how your dog feels about the water, don’t make

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The Benefits of Swim Training During Off-Season

Staying motivated to swim during the off-season isn’t exactly a walk in the park. You have to brave the uncomfortable feeling that comes with not having a routine and set reasonable goals that work for you. While taking a break from swimming will help to refresh the body and the mind, it shouldn’t go past

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What To Wear Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing water sports one can pursue. Whether at a beach, lake or some other popular waterway, stand up paddle boarding is a great way to commune with the water, get a little exercise and sun, and just melt the cares of the day away.

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Why Does Swimming Make You So Hungry?

Swimming, much like all other water activities, is a fun and refreshing pursuit—an activity enjoyed by millions of people the world over. Swimming is also a competitive sport that boasts some of the leanest and greatest athletes of our time. A great aerobic activity, swimming is a great way to get some much-needed exercise and

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SUP Surfing: Get The Right Paddle Board For The Waves

You’re feeling confident on your stand up paddle board in the rivers and lakes, so it’s time to conquer some waves. Whether you’re looking to master small waves or bigger ones, there are plenty of SUPs that are designed for wave riders like you. For the best paddle surfing experience, you need a paddleboard that

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Best SUP For Big Guys (and Ladies, Too!)

Stand up paddle boarding isn’t just for people who are fit and at their ideal weight. In fact, people of all sizes and weights can enjoy taking the SUP out on the water. However, heavier people do have to shop for a SUP with a higher weight limit for the best experience. Fortunately, there are

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Is Kayaking Hard If You’ve Never Done It?

If you have ever been to a lake, river, bay or even the beach and seen kayakers happily paddling you may have wondered how difficult the sport is to learn. You may even want to try your own hand at kayaking. Kayaking is an exhilarating sport that is enjoyed by millions of people around the

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Stand Up Paddle Board Fin Placement Tips

If you are interested in checking out your fin options for your new SUP, then you will notice that you have some variety to choose from when it comes to SUP fin types. They differ in style, size and shape. And the placement of fins on your stand up paddle board is the #1 factor

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How To Select A Stand Up Paddle Board For Beginners

If you have done any stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) while on vacation or with friends who are paddle boarders, then you might be interested in getting yourself a new standup paddle board. Paddle boarding beginners can easily get overwhelmed when shopping for a good SUP because there is a lot involved in choosing a good

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Know Before You Buy: The Different Types of Kayaks

Are you thinking about buying a kayak to enjoy a little water fun? If so, you should know that there are many different types of kayaks on the market today, each slightly different from the next and each designed for different purposes. To help you make the best purchasing choice for your particular needs and

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What’s The Difference Between Canoes And Kayaks?

Are canoes and kayaks the same? This is a question that many people have asked at one point or another, but actually, they are not, even though the two are often confused and even used interchangeably. Despite how people use the two terms, canoes and kayaks are really quite different from one another. Each has

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How to Paddle a Kayak Without Getting Wet

In a perfect world, most of us would like to be able to paddle our kayaks without getting drenched in the process. Is this always possible, though? Not exactly. However, there are some steps you can take to ensure you stay mostly dry during your kayaking outings. To help you do this, below we have

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Start Paddling With A Good Kayak for Beginners (2021)

Kayaks come in all shapes and forms, and there are plenty of models designed with the beginner in mind. With recreational kayaks to fishing vessels out there, knowing just where you’re heading with your kayaking future can help take out some of the confusion. Are you looking at just taking your kayak out for a

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Getting Fit On The Water: SUP Yoga Health Benefits

Love the water? Love keeping healthy? What a better way than combining both. SUP Yoga is hugely beneficial for your health. Why? It workouts all areas of the body and also helps bring a sense of calmness to your life which we all know is the real secret to a long, happy life! Don’t just

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Ultimate Insider Guide to Surfing In Europe

Surfing in Europe is very different to surfing anywhere else in the world. There are hundreds of surf spots along the Atlantic Coast and most of them are beach breaks. The different countries and cultures that you come across make surfing in Europe so unique. In Europe, a ten minute drive across the border means

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How To Lift Your Kayak Without Injuring Your Back

If you’re new to kayaking, or even if you’re not, there is a decent chance that you’re risking back injury each time you lift that kayak out of the water and off your vehicle. I know what you’re thinking, lifting one of these is a pretty simple and straightforward process. And yeah, that’s true if

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cold weather kayaking

What To Wear For Cold Weather Kayaking And SUPing

Whether you’re going out paddling somewhere with a cooler climate, like Ireland, or doing some winter kayaking, you can still enjoy your time out on the water despite the lower temperature. The important thing to remember is that you need to be dressed warmly enough that you don’t get too cold while you’re out there.

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Wear The Best Rash Guards Out In The Water

If you are an avid swimmer or surfer then a rash guard should be of extreme importance to you. You want to be able to keep warm when you are out in cold water and you also want to make sure that you are protected from the sun’s UV rays. This page contains some affiliate

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Reviews: Best Beach Carts for Soft Sand (2021)

If you haven’t owned a beach cart before, buying one isn’t easy. With all of the options that are on the market, it can make it difficult to find a style and a size that suits your needs. To make things even harder on you, it is a good idea to setup a budget for

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Get A Good Snorkel Mask For Beginners

If you want to get yourself a good quality mask for snorkeling, you are going to want to make sure that it is going to be comfortable and leak proof. Without knowing anything about snorkel masks, it can be quite difficult to determine which masks in the marketplace meet these standards and which fail to

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Get Your Pup A Dog Life Jacket For Kayaking, SUPing and Boating

There are many who feel that their dog doesn’t need a life jacket. He’s a natural born swimmer, right? That’s not exactly the case. Some dogs are all about the water while others don’t mesh with it so well, but regardless, there’s no predicting what could happen while you’re on or near the water that

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10 Best Snorkeling Spots in Puerto Rico

If you are visiting Puerto Rico, then you may be searching for something fun and exciting to do while you are here. With the beautiful beaches and sparkling water the island has to offer, it is easy to see why snorkeling is so popular here. There are a few spots you should know about when

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9 Best Snorkeling Spots on Catalina Island

It’s no wonder that Catalina Island — officially known as Santa Catalina Island — has a reputation as hot spot for the “beautiful people.” The tiny island, located off southern California, has plenty of protected coves, harbors and beaches, as well as warm water brimming with exotic sea life. You certainly don’t have to be

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9 Best Snorkeling Spots in The Bahamas

The Bahamas, consisting of over 700 islands and over 2000 coral reefs, is one of the trendiest vacation spots in the world. In fact, the US Department of State estimates that between 5-6 million people visit the Bahamas each year. With luxury resorts and ample outdoor recreational opportunities, it’s no wonder why the Bahamas attract

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10 Best Kayaking Locations In The World for Beginners

Kayaking is a relatively easy sport to begin – with just a simple lesson and understanding of the technique you’ll be ready to get in the water and start paddling. Although it doesn’t take long to start paddling, perfection does take some time, and beginners usually do best in protected waters with small waves like

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7 Best Places To Go Canoeing in Michigan

With lots of great waterways throughout the state, Michigan has a lot of great spots for you to take out your canoe for a lazy afternoon. If you’re looking for some great spots this weekend, check out our list below of our top picks. You won’t be disappointed if you head out on any of

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15 Best Places To Go Canoeing in Texas

Whether you’re deep in Texas Hill Country, deep in the bustling city of Dallas, or elsewhere in the Lonestar State, you’re never that far from a great spot to take out your canoe. There is definitely no shortage of Texas spots for your weekend canoeing trip! We managed to narrow it down to our 15

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5 Best Places To Go Canoeing in Arkansas

Looking for a fun way to spend a lazy afternoon in Arkansas? Well, if you’re a local, then you already know that there are a lot of great spots to take out the canoe on the weekend. We’ve checked out some of the most popular spots in the state to come up with our list

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SUP Paddles: Choosing The Best Paddle Board Paddle

If you are shopping for a good stand up paddle board or already own one, then you might end up with one of those cheap paddles that come with the iSUP sets, like the Tower Adventurer set. This page contains some affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission,

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Use An Electric Pump To Inflate An Inflatable SUP Board?

If you have seen my list of the best inflatable stand up paddle boards for beginners, then you already know that I am a big fan of the iSUP sets that come with a paddle and pump. And I make no secret just how much I love the Tower Adventurer iSUP. Of course, in my

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Feeling Fatigued After Swimming? Learn Why

Experts agree that swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for full-body fitness. Propelling yourself across a body of water uses your entire body. Arms. Shoulders. Back. Core. Legs. It works a lot and it seems to work it hard. Recently I have been swimming daily as the place that I’m staying

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Tips To Keep You Warm When Surfing In Cold Water

Just because the warm weather is ending does not mean that you have to hang up that surfboard for the season. As any surfing enthusiast knows, you can keep riding those waves all year long. Of course, when that water starts getting cold out there, it means that you have to take measures to keep

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Top 3 Best Surf Booties Reviewed (2021)

When you are gearing up to surf, a good pair of surf booties is one of the most essential pieces of surf gear for any surfer out there. If you start to shop for a pair, then you will quickly discover that there is a lot of variety in terms of features and prices. And

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