Two thirds of the surface of the earth is covered by water. This being the case would you be surprised if you found out that there is a gamut of sports played in water that are popular throughout the world? Swimming comes to mind immediately when one thinks of water sports. But isnít kayaking, snorkeling, water polo, or yachting as popular?
Man must have learnt to swim seeing fish wade through the waters easily. One of the most thorough workouts that any sport can ever provide, the great charm in swimming lies in its exercise of all muscle sets in the body. Swimming and Diving are hugely popular at the Olympics. Swimming has given rise to sporting superstars. Ian Thorpe, Matt Biondi, and Alex Popov are household names for their prowess and absolute dominance in their sport. Synchronized swimming is performed by teams in the swimming pool striking exciting and unbelievable poses on the water surface. Points are gained based on the attractiveness of the routine and the synchronization between the swimmers. It is raised to the level of an art form as these sportsmen and women continue to amaze the audiences with jaw-dropping poses and routines.
Kayaking involves a human powered boat with a double padded saddle. Originating in Alaska, Kayaking has now become a regular sporting event the world over. Kayaking is also associated with an adventure termed as River Water Rafting. This involves hurtling down rapids of rivers in kayaks. A modern sport that is now being picked up by the adventurous and the young at heart. Canoeing is another sport where in individuals or teams of two, three, or more power a human boat with their single bladed paddles. Canoeing involves almost all human muscle sets and is increasingly becoming popular in gyms across the world with artificial rowing machines.
Snorkeling involves surface swimming with the help of a long pipe attached to the swimmers mouth called a snorkel. Tourists indulge in snorkeling in azure, shallow waters around the world. Diving is a sport where people fall from great heights into water after performing somersaults. The better dive is one where the diver makes a smooth entry into the water without splashing too much water.