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Holidays are a great opportunity to get more involved with outdoor pursuits and get out on the water and try something new.

Whether you’re interested in water sports on the beach, river cruising or even yacht racing - water activities are for everyone both at home and abroad!

On the water staycations

With over 3,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers to explore in Britain alone, cruising the inland waterways is one the most relaxing ways to spend time holidaying on the water. There are plenty of travel companies with a variety of different canal or riverboats to hire.

Or perhaps you fancy turning your trip into an action-packed adventure holiday? There are more than 1,500 RYA Training Centres in the UK and 70 abroad offering courses for dinghy sailing, yachting, motor cruising, powerboat and RIBs, personal watercraft (jet skis) and inland waterways (canal boats). With so many options there will be a water activity for everyone.

You can even learn how to windsurf together on a family activity holiday with many courses starting from the age of eight.  

Boating holidays abroad

Beach and water sports activity holidays offer the best of both worlds with hotel accommodation, boats and windsurfers all rigged waiting and a beach to relax on. They is also a great opportunity to get kids sailing with friends, whilst under the watchful eye of an instructor.

If you are learning how to sail a yacht, try a skippered flotilla holiday and sail in company around the Mediterranean Islands. There are regular briefings in the morning, over a coffee in a waterside taverna, followed by a helping hand away from the quay to your next destination.


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