Thu, 30 Nov 2023

Water activities are the perfect summertime activity. As a beginner, there are a variety of activities you can participate in, but before you do, you need to familiarize yourself with the various gear required for the particular watersport you wish to try. Your experience will undoubtedly be better if you have the right equipment!

Aquatic sports have a lot of equipment, which may be somewhat overwhelming. You might already have some of them lying around your home, but you are unsure of their purpose. Given the variety of activities available, the gear you'll need for this summer depends entirely on the aquatic sport you intend to participate in.

From beach wear to surfing boards and other accessories, here are the basic watersports equipment every novice needs.

A wetsuit

Ever wondered why people wear wetsuits when getting into the water? A wetsuit is crucial for games involving water temperatures between 10°C and 25°C, such as surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, open-water swimming, freediving, etc.

The role of a wetsuit is to insulate your body and maintain body heat to stave off hypothermia. Only a thin layer stands between your body and your wetsuit. Consequently, your body heat warms this tiny layer of water, keeping you warm longer while enjoying water activities.

When selecting the best wetsuit, consider the water's temperature because it affects the suit's thickness. The wetsuit should be thicker as the temperature drops.

A life jacket

A life jacket is must-have watersport apparel for every beginner who is not proficient in swimming. It is crucial for safety, and even the best swimmers need it at some point to ensure they are safe. A few aquatic activities where life jackets come in handy include canoeing, kayaking, paddling, water tubing, white water rafting, and barefooting.

Your life jacket must fit properly to maintain your head above water. If it's too big, the jacket will ride up and over your head, and if it's too small, you'll weigh the jacket down, and it won't be able to keep your body afloat. The buckles should also be strong enough to keep the jacket fastened to prevent moving when the water movement is too strong. The jacket should be able to keep your head afloat even in the event of unconsciousness.

Snorkel mask and fins

Snorkeling involves getting under the water, and as you may already know, things are blurry down there, which is why a snorkel mask is handy. The air pocket a snorkel mask forms around your face or eyes improves your visibility underwater. Ensure it feels comfortable around your face before purchasing.

Fins are handy for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, and they give you some extra buoyancy so you can stay horizontal in the water and avoid leg cramps or fatigue. Fins with medium-length blades are best for newbies.

A paddleboard

Stand-up paddling is a relaxing beach sport you can enjoy taking in the sights or catch waves. Whatever you choose, the type of stand-up paddling you wish to do will influence your gear for this sport. The board's form, volume, capacity, length, width, and thickness, influence your choice.

For instance, a stand-up paddleboard with a planing hull is wide and flat to ride on top of the water and is pretty simple to control. Such a board is suitable for newbies for recreational paddling, SUP yoga, surfing, and whitewater.

Swimming goggles

The fact that goggles protect against chlorinated water and salt water from the beach is one of the most evident advantages of wearing them. It's no secret that chlorine or salty water may irritate the eyes during swimming and other water games. While it isn't a big deal for some people, swimming without goggles can distract beginners. The amount of water that can enter your eyes is decreased by the protective waterproof seal that good goggles offer.

A kneeboard

Kneeboarding is a manageable watersport for newbies. Since it does not involve standing up for balance, it is simpler to learn than wakeboarding. When selecting a kneeboard for you, factors to keep in mind include the board's substance, fins, and rockers. Foam, polyurethane, and fiber glasses are the less expensive materials for kneeboards, and most novice and intermediate users choose them.

The boards may have fins or be finless, and many say turning and maneuvering finless boards is easier. Finally, the rocker determines the kneeboard's speed through the water. A higher rocker translates to faster and more convenient turns, while a low rocker gives you a rapid ride.

The takeaway

As a beginner, you need wearable gear before moving to other equipment like boards and boats. Identify your needs and budget and consider the specific watersport you wish to indulge in when buying the equipment. Comfort and durability are also critical when choosing wearable gear.

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