Types of boating for adventure holidays on water

Aug 17, 2017 BY AWE365 Team

Getting out on and exploring the rivers, lakes and oceans is something humans have done for thousands of years. Whether you want a powerful adrenaline ride or for a relaxing experience there are many different types of boating suitable for adventure holidays on water.

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Even if you’re a complete novice when it comes to life on the water there are plenty of boating experiences for you to try. No matter what you’re looking for, there is a boat to match your needs and a whole variety of ways to get out in the water.

Types of boating

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of different boating types that would make a good adventure holiday on the water.


Definitely not the type of boating if you’re after a relaxing experience. Power boats can range from simple speed boats with an engine-driven propeller all the way to multi-prop machines design to skim over the water at extremely high speeds.

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The power of these machines can be quite daunting, and the increased adrenaline that you experience also comes with an increased amount of risk. It’s important to look after your personal safety and remember other users on the water, so ensure you’re covered financially in case of any accidental bumps and nudges.

Powerboating isn’t the most easily accessible – unless you are content to just sit back and enjoy the ride. But there are plenty of training courses you can join that will help you get up to speed safely. Behind many powerboats you can also wakeboard, waterski or drag an inflatable for extra fun.

Sailing & Yacht charters

Taking things back to basics is appealing for many wannabe sailors and getting out under canvas is a great introduction to mastering control over a vessel. In terms of types of boating, yacht charters, flotilla sailing holidays or joining a group sailing break are among the most rewarding adventure holidays on water.

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Small sailing boats like Lasers are a great way to learn the basics and you’ll soon know how to tack and turn. Safety wise you wear a lifejacket so you’re pretty safe even if you do end up overboard, if you’re incapable of ducking a helmet can come in useful….

Once you’re used to how boats react under wind, working with a team on larger boats such as racing catamarans can be extremely challenging and rewarding, with each team member needing to know their place to ensure success. On the other hand, taking out smaller boats in light winds and following a course can be just as much fun.

Kayaking & Canoeing

You don’t need to invest lots of money on an expensive yacht or speedboat to explore the water, as canoes and kayaks are much cheaper and often more fun. From single-seat siton kayaks to inflatable kayaks, or large canoes designed for several people, there’s a boat suitable for you.

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Kayaking and canoeing can be a relaxing, paddling across a calm bay or reflective lake, stopping for lunch and getting away from it all. Alternatively it can be a high-intensity white-water ride down rapids.

Whichever option you go for, canoeing and kayaking are is one of the best types of boating to help you keep fit and learn more about controlling watercraft. You can also take advantages of lessons at venues like the Tees Barrage or the Lee Valley Olympic White Water course.

Canal Boating

Definitely one for fans of a slower pace. Canal boating is enjoyed by thousands across the UK and Europe who take to the historic waterways all over the to enjoy travelling through historic waterways some of the most interesting parts of the continent.

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Most canal vessels are pretty spacious thanks to their length, with bedrooms, kitchens, toilets and even living areas found on the biggest vessels. Canals are a bit like roads, with plenty of traffic at busy spots such as locks and junction, so make sure you get some practice in before hitting the waterways.


OK so bear with us on this one…. Cruises are not just for the purple rinse brigade of OAPs. If you choose the right one they can be excellent adventure holidays on water. How about an Antarctic cruise, with hikes on ice and meeting penguins?

Furthermore some more traditional cruises have climbing walls and surf pools. You can sometimes take a jetski out for a spin or try your hand at other watersports such as kitesurfing and scuba diving. Of all the different types of boating cruises vary the most so choose the right one for you and it can still be an adventure.

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Adventure holidays on water

The one thing all types of boating have in common is the importance of staying safe. If there is even a slight possibility of falling in you should always wear a life-jacket even when in shallow or calm water. Always get professional tuition before trying something new and follow the professionals advice.

If you want to get out on the water, spend some time researching the different boating types to find one the suits you best. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your local boating or sailing clubs. These groups will not only help new starters, but also give plenty of advice to help you plan adventure holidays on water.


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