WHAT IS WATER SPORT???• According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: – Water : a liquid without colour,smell or taste – Sport : activity that needs physical effort or skill
DEFINITION Water sports are recreational activity that revolves around water whether its near, on, in or under the water… Water Sports, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and more, are increasingly referred to as Aqua Tourism. Travel agents are grouping these aquatic activities and others such as fishing and whale watching into a tourism segment, similar to the segment labeled Eco Tourism.
WATER SAFETY• Swimming – Learn how to swim – Know your abilities – Swim with a buddy – Swim only in designated areas with a lifeguard present – If you get a cramp, relax and float until the cramp relaxes• Diving – Learn proper techniques – Always check water depth before diving – American Red Cross recommends a minimum depth of nine feet – Never dive in unfamiliar areas or shallow water – Make sure areas is clear of swimmers and floating objects
Boating and Personal Watercraft• Learn how to handle a boat correctly• Know the laws governing their use – Boaters safety course – Boaters license• Always wear approved personal flotation devices• Return to shore at first indication of bad weather• Never ride in a boat with an operator who has been using alcohol or other drugs
Lake, River, and Ocean Safety• Swim in supervised areas only• Enter feet first• Watch for marine warnings – Check to see if a warning flag is up – Ask the lifeguard whether the water is safe for swimming – Check the tide an surf conditions• Be aware of your surroundings• Plan ahead – Make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore – If pulled by a current swim gradually out of the current by swimming across it, often parallel to shore
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RAFTING• Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water.• This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers.
SCUBA DIVING• Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater.• Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas (usually compressed air), allowing them greater freedom than with an air line.
SNORKELING• Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a SNORKEL, and usually SWIMFINS.• Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity, particularly at tropical resort and scuba diving locations.• The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting.