By Dale Western on 13 August 2013

If you're going somewhere hot this summer, you're bound to want to cool yourself off in the water. Lying by the beach and going swimming are all well and good - but what if you want to do something more adventurous? Water sports are ideal for those who want to cool off quickly.. There are a variety of water sports on offer - some can be relaxing, and others will get your blood pumping - just remember to buy some travel insurance.


Snorkelling is a great way to relax and learn something, as you'll be swimming along corals and sea beds, looking at a variety of sea life. It tends to be a fairly inexpensive activity too, which both children and adults can appreciate and enjoy. It's an easy sport to do (or start with) and you'll get to see some amazing sights. For those who want a challenge though - snorkelling can be hard to master, so there's something for everyone here, whether you're an expert or a beginner.


There are two types of kayaking - whitewater kayaking and sea kayaking. Those who want an adrenaline rush should go for whitewater, as you'll be kayaking down waterfalls and rapids, whereas if you just want to take it easy, sea kayaking will be better for you. Paddling, as it's also called, is great to enjoy in pairs or groups and it's accessible to all ages and skill sets.


Parasailing might just be the closest you get to actually feeling like you're flying, as it allows you to sail through the air whilst a boat pulls you along. This sport isn't recommended to those who are afraid of heights but for everyone else, it will give you an amazing adrenaline rush. Parasailing is usually enjoyed by one person at a time but if the boat is powerful enough, some places will allow two or three people to be pulled along at the same time.


If you'd rather stay on the surface of the water rather than going above or below it, surfing might be for you. It's a popular but rather tricky sport to master, as it requires balance and practice in order to succeed. Although surfing may be challenging, anyone can have a go and it can be enjoyed all over the world. Make sure you are confident in the water though before trying to surf.

Beach volleyball

Perhaps you'd like to stay out of the water altogether, if so, you can always enjoy a game of beach volleyball. It's a sport that's become so popular in recent years, it's now an Olympic sport. Beach volleyball is best enjoyed on a group holiday, as you'll need four adults to play. It's a tricky sport to play as it requires a lot of energy but it's a great way to work up a sweat and keep fit on holiday. The rules are pretty simple though, so even if you're not a serious player, you can still have a laugh with your friends.

Whatever you choose to do on your holiday travel insurance is a must, especially if you want to take part in a range of sports and activities.  Columbus Direct offer over 150 sports and activities free on all travel insurance policies.

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