We live in a world where 71% of the earths surface is covered in water. The United Kingdom is an island surrounded by water, and then there are the lakes, lochs, rivers and reservoirs. How many of the children within the United Kingdom grow up being able to take advantage of the beautiful coastlines and other boating facilities? Even in the centre of London it is possible to enjoy watersports. Most children though are encouraged to play football, rugby or another ball sport. Watersports area bit different, they encourage young people to engage with a different challenging environment learning sport specific skills as well as life skills.
All children are taught about or are made aware of climate change and they recognise that the oceans are a big part of this. If they are able to get on the water, either sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, wakeboarding or even swimming they will learn to appreciate what it is all about. They will see the lovely clear bits of water being ruined by bits of plastic and other litter and the same goes for the beaches. They will also learn about tides and currents and so will appreciate how the litter that is thrown in manages to work its way around the coasts and further afield. They will also learn about weather, how to read weather charts and the effects it will have on their activity.
For many children taking part in team activities such as football or netball is really hard. They may find that they are not the greatest at the sport or maybe just not as good as the others in the team. This can affect their confidence and puts them off of physical activity. Watersports tend to be a case of people controlling their own piece of equipment and if they do it in a confined area such as the shallow sheltered lagoon of Lagoon Watersports where they will feel safe, succeed, and have fun so it will be a massive confidence boost. There are many children who, for various reasons, have not been team players but once they are on the water and moving they are then happy to be involved with others and eventually build that camaraderie that will then follow them through in to school and help them grow as individuals.
Watersports can be as energetic or as relaxed as you want to make it. For a lot of youngsters that first step away from the X-box can be quite intimidating and if their fitness level is not great they will probably not be that keen. However all tuition is at a steady pace and so in no time they will begin to feel better, their strength will grow and as they get better and better they will then start to challenge themselves and want to practice more and more and get better and better. I have seen many young sloths turn in to really keen watersports people.
Once they have developed their new found skills and are keen to carry on it is not necessary to rush out and purchase very expensive equipment. As they grow and improve you will need to change it so you are best joining them as a member of a club. In this way they will be mixing with other youngsters who have a similar interest and also be able to keep in touch with instructors who will keep encouraging them. This way they will not be spending weekends and school holidays hanging out where they should not be but will be active, in the fresh air, and possibly they will then go on to be instructors themselves. A good qualification to have for the future whether it be for weekend work while they go through college and university, for working abroad on a gap year or a career for the future.
Find out more about kids and youth watersports opportunities at Lagoon Watersports