Water Sports

Water Sports
Mar01

Water Fun | Try Snorkeling

Categories // Camping with Kids | Camping with Pre-Schoolers | Tweens | Family | Water Sports | Kids Camping Fun! | Adventures | Kids | Pre-School | Boys | Girls

Water Fun | Try Snorkeling

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Snorkeling for Kids | Of all water sports, snorkeling is one of the most simple to learn and it is a great way to enjoy all that the sea has to offer. This sport is a great activity for vacationing in warm destinations and it also is a great starting point for even more adventurous water sports, like scuba diving.

Aug08

Swimming

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Swimming


Going swimming?  Whether you’re in the lake or the ocean, swimming is one of the best camping activities.  You can feel graceful and almost weightless as you bob along in the water.  Here are some fun things to do on your next swimming outing.

Flip and Spin
Can you turn a somersault in the water?  How about a backward somersault?  And if you’ve already mastered both of those, can you arch your back and spin backwards in an o-shape?  There’s a lot to do when you’re swimming.  You can do handstands, practice diving (off diving platforms only), and float on your back.  Don’t forget bobbing like a turtle (with your knees tucked up to your chest) and trying to do water ballet moves.

Float
Ask if there are any extra life jackets or pool toys your can use in the water and float to your heart’s content.  Inner tubes are also a lot of fun.

Try Different Strokes
You probably already know how to do the crawl and the doggy paddle.  But how’s your breast stroke?  How about back stroke and side stroke?  If you don’t know how to do some of these, ask an adult to show you.

Swimming Underwater
If you have a mask or snorkel, it’s fun to swim under water, looking at fish and other sea creatures.  Practice breathing through a snorkel as your float along the top of the water.  A pair of goggles also makes underwater swimming fun.  Use the breast stroke to move quickly underwater—you can even have underwater swimming races!

Splashing Wars
If you have friends who like to splash, why not have a splashing battle!  You can even bring squirt guns from home or use plastic cups for a bigger splash.
Jan26

Top Water Parks for Kids

Categories // Camping with Kids | Camping with Pre-Schoolers | Tweens | Family | Water Sports | Kids Camping Fun! | Paddling | Adventures | Kids | Pre-School | Boys | Girls

Top Water Parks for Kids

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Take a Break and Find the Top Water Parks for Kids | Throughout the country families can find many places to enjoy water play. There are water parks with amazing rides all over the country.

Aug08

Water Play

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Water Play


If you’re camping near a lake, pool, or ocean this year, you’re in for a treat.  You and your friends can spend hours at the water (as long as a grown-up is always there, acting as a life guard).  You can swim, float, splash, dive, bob around in boats, and play games.  So be sure to pack your swimsuit—you’re in for a great time!

Games
Some classic water games include water polo, water volleyball, Marco Polo, races, and handstand contests.  All you need for water polo is a ball and something you can use to mark the goals.  For races, all you need are swimmers.  Throwing a Frisbee in the water is also challenging and a lot of fun.

Toys from Home
A few toys from home will make your water experience even more fun.  If you have goggles, a mask or snorkel, floating toys, or balls that float, pack them up and bring them along.  You can also improvise by borrowing old life jackets, kick boards, or canoe paddles.

Tippy Canoe
If you’re staying at a campground that has canoes, ask if you can tip yours over.  Seriously!  Canoes will keep on floating even after they’re full of water, and this is a great way to learn about how boats behave when they’re submerged.  If you’re allowed, wear your life jackets and move away from docks and swimmers.  It might take three of you, rocking in unison, to flip your canoe.  Once you’ve done it, climb back in it and see if you can paddle yourselves along with your hands.  You can also turn your canoe upside down, put your head underneath it, and breath quite comfortably in the air pocket that’s formed by the bottom of the canoe.

Races

Want to swim?  Or would you rather boat?  Either way, you can easily put a race together.  You can pit two paddleboats against each other, have a swimming race, or see what goes faster, a canoe or a rowboat.  

Fishing
Another great way to enjoy the water is to go fishing.  You can fish from a dock, a pier, a boat, or the shore.  If you aren’t sure what’s best, maybe you can try all four!