From surfing, swimming or diving, we can practice different activities. Can we come up with a complete list of water sports?
Almost all sources define sport as either an individual or team athletic activity that involves physical effort, prowess and technical skills. Sports have a set of goals, rules and regulations. They can be related to competition or self-enjoyment, therefore, they are not always competitive.
The difference however between a sport and physical exercise is that sport is associated with recreational and monetary purposes while physical exercise tends to be for wellness purposes. Sports are a combination of physical and mental skills.
Water sports are physical activities that can be practiced indoor and outdoor salt or freshwater bodies. They can be practiced both on the surface of the water or under the surface, in a swimming pool or a body of water such as a river, lake, sea or ocean.
We will be separating the list in three different categories: in the water, on the water and underwater activities.
Aquajogging: it's low impact training. It is a perfect way to train without impacting your joints. Equipment, besides the swimming pool, include flotation belts and weights in some cases.
Diving: jumping off springboards or platforms into the water. It seems scary, but it is also very rewarding. Get inspired with Ride to the Roots!
Swimming: both in a swimming pool or open water swimming as in Moana Waiwai.
Synchronized swimming: a team water sport where swimmers perform a synchronised routine accompanied by music.
Water polo: two teams play in the water trying to score points on the rival's goal.
Water basketball: mixes basketball and water polo. Teams are formed by five players and they must shoot at the goal with a ball within a certain time.
Water volleyball: teams can consist of 1 to 4 players and it can be played on the beach.