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From Kayaks to Kitesurfing: Eco-Friendly Fun in the Water


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From Kayaks to Kitesurfing: Eco-Friendly Fun in the Water

Water Activities to Enjoy While It’s Hot!

With sunshine parching most of the northern hemisphere this time of year, why not try a new water activity to beat the heat with your family? Check out these ideas for eco-friendly fun in the water this summer—and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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It’s right in your own back yard! Bust out the good old-fashioned water hose and play chase with your kids, the dog and even your spouse. Doing the water hose limbo gets your lawn watered as you all enjoy family time too. Win-win!

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If there’s a lake near you, by all means, go! Assuming it’s safe, there’s nothing quite like the lake for experiencing the beauty of nature and making wonderful memories with your family. And swimming in a lake, rather than a public pool, helps reduce the amount of chlorine your gang comes into contact with. Getting away to the lake is also a good opportunity to enjoy an eco-friendly picnic!

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Lucky enough to live near the beach? What are you waiting for! Just remember to leave nothing but tracks in the sand by properly disposing of every scrap of trash. You might even hold an impromptu “contest” to see who can collect the most plastic beach trash. Another lesson you can share with your kids while you’re there is to avoid hiking on sand dunes and beach grass—these naturally help protect against shore erosion caused by strong storms and waves.

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Have you tried paddleboarding yet? It’s a good cardio workout, and (we hear) it’s a lot of fun. Just make sure everyone wears a life jacket and never attempt it in rough water. This post from OutsideMom.com includes additional tips for paddleboarding with your children.

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Kayaking, sail-boating, paddle-boating and canoeing are all environmentally friendly and fun ways to navigate rivers and other waterways. There are even electric- and solar-powered boats that you can rent at some locations.

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Feeling buff? The more athletic among us may want to try kitesurfing, defined by Wikipedia as “a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and gymnastics into one extreme sport.” In addition to strong muscles and a friend to spot you, you’ll need a location with favorable, consistent winds and plenty of H2O!

comment_2Do your summer plans include water activities? We’d love to hear about it! Just leave us a comment below.

Resources:
Family Education: Water Limbo
Mother Nature Network: Are lakes safe to swim in?
Movement Blog: How to Make Your Next Picnic More Eco-Friendly
She Knows: Water Sports for the Whole Family
Men’s Fitness: First Timer’s Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding
Huffington Post: How To Be a Greener Beach Bum
Outside Mom: Stand Up Paddleboard with Kids
Treehugger: Solar Boats
Wikipedia: Kitesurfing

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Sandra Shove
Sandra Shove
5 years ago

We have a swimming pool; July and August are all about hours of water fun.

Beth Reamer
Beth Reamer
5 years ago

My Parents live on a river, we are all about safe and fun water activities!!!

Martina
Martina
5 years ago

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Kristina
Kristina
5 years ago

Thanks for simple suggestions. I’m motivated to try paddle boarding. 🙂

Amy Hepfner
Amy Hepfner
5 years ago

I have a little pool for my dogs to cool off. When we are done playing we use the water for our gardens and lawn. We love to canoe too. Not crazy about the big noisy motorboats and jet skis. When I go to the lake it’s to unwind and relax, listening to the sounds of nature…not some big motor roaring by. 🙂

Linda Watson
Linda Watson
5 years ago

We have a pool and we just returned from a cottage where we went paddle boating. We also cruised Lake Muskoka out of Gravenhurst on the Segwun. One of my grandsons’ favourite things to do is walk down to the lake (Ontario) – we even got to see the sun “drop” the other night! lol

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5 years ago
Reply to  Linda Watson

Linda, that sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing : )

sarah Brown
sarah Brown
5 years ago

I don’t like swimming pools, way too many chemicals! we go to lakes and reservoirs to hang in the water.

Jen Haralson
Jen Haralson
5 years ago

We spend hours and hours in the river near our house – it’s an amazing place to spend the summer!!

Marsha Jaramillo
Marsha Jaramillo
5 years ago

I live about 40 minutes from the beach here in Florida. I was a beach babe during my youth. I love going now in the Fall and Winter months and just sit and watch the birds and listen to the waves come in and go out. So relaxing!

Karen Codrington
Karen Codrington
4 years ago

We live on the river and paddleboard, Kayak and canoe. 🙂

Jennifer Rottman
Jennifer Rottman
3 years ago

I pay for a local park and beach during the summer months. The kids enjoy going there to swim.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

I much prefer the mountains to the beach (I live near the Sequoias, so I am biased!).. I usually make for the mountains in the summer and do backpacking trips with the family!