Water sports 101

August 19, 2015 - 2 min read

Ever wanted to try out water sports? Well you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of all the water sports you and your family can get up to, while in Townsville or along the coast.

From the lovers of relaxed aquatic recreation to the marine thrill seekers, we’ve put together a great list of water sports with something for everyone! We’ve also added some excellent Townsville cafes where you can refuel before or after your next adventure.

Snorkelling or scuba diving

Frequenters to the water should have a snorkelling pack in their inventory. Explore the still water regions of Townsville and get greeted by some of the marine locals. If you wish to explore deeper, sign up for a local scuba class and session. It’s also best to checkup on any marine stingers in the area and dress accordingly.

Surfing or bodyboarding

With many popular surfing spots scattered up and down the coast, why not pick up a board and try your luck on carving up some waves? Bodyboarding is easier for those with less balance, while taking a surfing class is a terrific option for surfing newbies.

Kayaking or canoeing

If you’re taking a trip to a quiet bay or lake, hire out a kayak or canoe! Perfect for individuals or couples, taking to the water on one of these is a great way to enjoy the water without getting too wet—just be careful not to capsize and ensure your lifejackets are secure!


To satisfy your more adventurous side, take to the water on a boat and whip out the skis. If you’re new to the sport, it’s best to get some experienced friends or professionals to help you find your feet. You could also opt for easier options that are just as fun, such as tubing.

Jet skiing

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, go for a ride on a jet ski! There are many places around Townsville that hire out jet skis, so why not take one for a spin today? Perfect for one or two occupants, jet skiing is enjoyed by many people, young and old.


The perfect way to escape from the land with someone special, take to the sea on a sailing boat! As with jet skis, sail boats such as catamarans are commonly available for hire. If you’re new to sailing, some boat lenders will happily take you out, or teach you the ropes before you set sail.


Do you remember your first time on a surfboard or jet ski? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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