Summer is a delightful time of the year, with long days and sultry nights inviting all sorts of idle relaxation. The water warms up and all types of activities are opened up for enjoyment. Besides the normal swimming and wading, there are plenty of other fantastic things to do on or in the water.
People with boats who don’t live in a perpetually nice climate long for the ice to break up so that they can get back out on the water. If the boat has been stored, it is important to make sure that everything is in working order before setting sail. Check the boat over for cracks, dings, and broken or loose parts. Replace any belts, marine hose clamps or fluids as needed.
Once the boat is in good working order, head out, and enjoy the waves. Depending on the size of the craft, lakes, ponds, rivers or even the ocean are all fair game. Each body of water is unique and offers something special.
An activity that has become more popular over the past few decades is tubing. It makes for a fun day on a budget. Load up a cooler with drinks and snacks and hop into and tube to float down a river with friends. The tubes come in different sizes and degrees of sturdiness. If the thought of being partially submerged doesn’t appeal, there are some tubes available that don’t have a hole in the middle and can fit more than one person. Some cities have annual floats on large rivers where they shut down boat traffic and allow large groups of people access on rafts and tubes.
A wonderful way to appreciate nature is by going snorkeling. Gear can be bought or rented at beach shops. Any place that charters a snorkeling adventure will usually sell or rent the equipment as well. Unlike scuba diving, anyone can do it without worrying about certifications, tanks or lack of experience. Make sure the mask fits snugly so that water doesn’t leak in during use. Relax and float or slowly swim along the surface of the water and watch the fish interact below. Wade in from the shore or jump off of a dock to watch shallow water creatures or hop off a boat to see the deeper water creatures swimming below.
For many people, summertime is fleeting. Use the brief window of warm weather to get outside and create memories with family members and friends. Don’t forget to bring some sunscreen, drinks, snacks and a swimsuit.