Water sports are sports which take place in the water. Water sports include waterskiing, surfing, scuba diving, visiting a beach, swimming in an outdoor pool or swimming in lakes and rivers.

Public lakes, rivers, and seashores offer a variety of opportunities to participate in water sports, such as scuba diving an underwater nature trail at a U.S. National Marine Sanctuary or body surfing at a seashore.

Some recreation sites offer on-site vendors who will rent equipment, including snorkeling gear, boats, canoes, and kayaks. Some sites offer tour packages through concessionaires. Licensing, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site; for more information on a particular watersport, please contact that site directly.

Different Types of Water Sports

Water Sports are perfect for those individuals who want to have fun on or around water. If you are looking for a holiday activity, you can troop to any water location, whether it’s a sea, lake, or river, and try any of the water sports around.

The most common of all water sports is probably swimming, but there are a lot of water sports worth trying. Some of these were developed only in recent years, as water loving individuals want to experience more challenging sports. Below is a list of Water Sports with their brief descriptions:

- Discing involves riding in a wooden disc towed by a moving water craft. The disc distributes the rider's weight evenly across the water. Requiring good balance, discing is not done at extremely high speeds.

- By means of a small boat called a kayak to move across water, this water sport can be done in white water rivers, seas, or lakes for different purposes, such as recreation, expedition, touring, or tripping.

Kite Surfing
- A fusion of kite flying and surfing, Kite Surfing is a relatively new sport that is increasingly becoming popular among water sports enthusiasts. This water sport makes use of a power kite and a board.

- Rafting makes use of an inflatable raft in navigating rough bodies of water, mainly white water rivers. Rivers are classified into six depending on the level of intensity and difficulty of water conditions.

Scuba Diving
- A very tricky water sport, scuba diving makes use of a Scuba or a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. This primary piece of diving equipment makes underwater adventure possible.

- Surfing, the sport that entails catching and riding waves, is said to have originated in the South Seas. Nowadays, it remains to be one of the most popular water sports generate a booming industry.

Wake boarding
- A fusion of techniques from skiing, snowboarding and surfing, Wake boarding entails riding a single board while being towed by a moving watercraft or a cable system at a speed ranging from 18 to 24 mph.

- A windsurf board, also known as a sailboard, is the main piece of equipment used in windsurfing. Measuring up to five meters long, windsurf boards are driven by a single sail in this surface water sport.

Rules and Guidelines

Avoid littering when participating in water sports.

Many areas do not allow certain types of watercraft and operators must not operate unpermitted watercarft. Most areas have local procedures and cautions for cleaning watercraft after it has left the water to prevent the spread of nuisance species, such as the Zebra Mussel, to the next body of water visited by the watercraft.

Wearing a personal floatation device, also known as a pfd or a life jackekt, can help make many water sports safer. Houseboat operators should also be careful of carbon monoxide build-up around the boat and use caution around the electrical connections to the boat slip or dock.

Obeying posted speedlimits and wake warnings, not operate watercraft on unauthorized waterways, never consume alcohol while operating a watercraft and bringing along extra safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio, can help make water sports safer.