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Water Sports: Everything you need to know

Think you’re a great driver? Enjoy a thrilling jet ski experience and test your road-based skills on the water: you’ll be offered the chance to try a jet bike or a jet rib if you prefer.

Whatever you pick, you’ll love the adrenaline rush of controlling a powerful one-person vehicle on water. If team sports are more your thing, have a go at white water rafting! Test your fitness and skill on a fast flowing river and work with your team to avoid getting (too) wet.

If you’re looking for something a little more serene, how about an introductory session to scuba diving? Fully qualified PADI instructors will show you the ropes in a pool, giving you a little head start if you choose to take lessons or dive in the open sea later.

Locations for our watersports experiences include Reading, Denbeighshire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Perthshire, but you don’t need to choose today. Just purchase your voucher and call to book when you’re ready. If you need to check that your ideal date is available - perhaps for your stag do, hen do or works party - just give us a ring before you buy and we’ll check it out.


Q: Snork, snigger...water sports...fnar...
A: Yes, I said water sports, get it all out of your system now.
Q: Hah! That’s what she said!
A: That doesn’t even make sense. As you are well aware, we are talking about sports, fun and extreme activities that take place on various bodies of water.
Q: Bodies! You can’t stop yourself!
A: I’m talking about things like Jet Ski rides, White Water Rafting, Windsurfing, regular Surfing, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Scuba and even Water Jet-Packing!
Q: Goodness, that is quite a collection. Where do I need to go?
A: We’ve got watery fun all over the place. Locations for our water sports experiences include Reading, Denbeighshire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire and Perthshire and many more. But you don’t need to choose today. Just purchase your voucher and call to book when you’re ready.
Q: Do I need my own wet-suit?
A: Completely depends what you are up to. Usually equipment and specialist clothing will be supplied where needed. You may need to bring a towel or a change of clothing (as dampness may be involved somewhere along the way). Just check the details of the experience you are considering.
Q: Can I have a crack on Boxing Day?
A: Many of our water sports activities, due to issues surrounding coldness and wetness, tend to be seasonal and may run from April to October or something like that. But not all of them, so check. Some are all the year round. Some are even indoors. 

Q: Indoors? How, say I?
A: We have an indoor surfing experience for instance, where you can get a feel for the sport in a lively, roofed environment.
Q: What about my little wee ones?
A: They don’t need to miss out. Perish the thought. We have a variety of water sport experiences for the younger folk including scuba diving, indoor surfing and kayaking. .
Q: What can possibly stop me going thoroughly wet and wild right this instant?
A: There could possibly be some height and weight restrictions, depending on what you are getting up to. Also, you may need to possess a certain level of fitness or there could be health issues that may restrict your enjoyment. Just ask us or the supplier if you have any concerns in this direction.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Waboba is short for ‘water bouncing ball’, is also the name of the ballgame that is played in knee- to waist high water, using the special Waboba ball. It’s also the noise I make when I get into a bath that is too hot.
  • 2. In 1933 Kathryn Curtis organized a show called The Modern Mermaids for the World Exhibition in Chicago, which the announcer introduced as ‘Synchronized Swimming’, thought to be one of the first uses of the term. Though it might get a few more spectators if they called the sport ‘Modern Mermaiding’.
  • 3. In 1976 Briton Keith Donnelly set the first officially recognised World Barefoot Waterskiing Jump record of 13.25 meters. Which I hope is true and not a barefoot lie.
  • 4. Prince William was the captain of his water polo team when he attended St Andrew’s University. Which I’m sure was down to his skills and not because he would soon be in charge of a whole army that he could do what he liked with.
  • 5. In 1875, Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim the English Channel unaided, using porpoise oil to keep warm. I’m sure I’ve seen that for sale in Waitrose, drizzled on some ginger-infused chickpea flaps.
  • 6. Underwater ice hockey is played upside-down underneath frozen pools or ponds. The idea for the sport is attributed to Christian Redl, an Austrian freediver. Thanks Christian, something else for me to have nightmares about.
  • 7. World record holding swimmer Michael Phelps has a wing span measuring 6 feet, 7 inches plus double-jointed knees and elbows, which play a role in his famous dolphin-like kick. Which dolphins seem to manage without being double-jointed.
  • 8.Water skiing was invented in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used a pair of boards as skis and a clothesline as a towrope on Lake Pepin in Minnesota. Did he do it on purpose or was it some kind of slapstick shenanigans gone wrong? It sort of sounds like the latter.
  • 9. The most water-skiers towed behind one boat is 145, set by the Horsehead Water Ski Club in Tasmania in 2012. The changing rooms afterwards must have been a nightmare.
  • 10. It is claimed that tubing was invented, or at least popularised, in Thailand by Princess Panthip Chumbhot of Nagar Svarga sometime in the middle of the last century. Is there nothing that Princess Panthip Chumbhot of Nagar Svarga can’t do?

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