Water sports are a challenge for the mind and the body. Sailors have to think about the wind and how to control their boat and swimmers have to move every muscle in their body to propel themselves through the water. It's a unique environment for fun and fitness.
A canoe is a two to four person boat, while a kayak can fit one or two people. These boats have no motors, and the fun is in paddling around. Some people are happy on a lazy lake, others take their kayak down the rapids of a rushing river!
Crew is played in a long boat with 1, 2, 4 or 8 rowers and a “coxswain," or a captain whose job it is to keep the rowing under control. Crew is an excellent college sport and the most famous crew championship is the Harvard-Yale Regatta.
Whether there are many sailors or just you on board a sailboat, you have to be able to control your sails according to the wind. While some can be happy with a leisurely trip around the lake or harbor, adventurous sailors will seek out courses and new ways to navigate their boats.
You can swim at your local pool, but did you know that people swim for a living? Professional divers swim to harvest pearls, and Navy SEALS train in swimming as part of their military service. For fun, people also train to swim to Alcatraz Island or across the English Channel.
A wakeboarder is pulled on a board and uses the "wake," or waves behind a boat, to launch from the surface of the water and do tricks. Beginning wakeboarders start out going 15 to 18 miles an hour while more experienced pros catch waves at speeds up to 30 miles an hour!
Swimming is a very important skill for water polo players because they chase the ball constantly. They also have to be able to "tread water," or float with their arms and chests above the surface. This challenging sport is a full-body workout!