With South Africa listed as one of the top watersports countries in the world, water sports are a popular choice for locals and holidaymakers all over the coastlines of our gorgeous country. Not only are watersports fun and sometimes thrilling but, they’re also good for your health. Regular exercise significantly contributes to all-round mental and physical health so, why not have fun in the water whilst doing your body good?

We take a brief look at the variety of watersports on offer across the Western Cape.

Waterskiing places you on two skis, towed along behind a boat. Physically, it’s excellent for strengthening your upper body and improving your balance but is also brilliant, speedy fun.

Wakeboarding involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques.

Kite-surfing uses the wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard, similar to a wakeboard.

Scuba Diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater. Scuba Diving can be undertaken for either recreational, commercial or industrial pursuits.

Scuba Diving Western Cape

Canoeing and Kayaking are well-known watersports, usually undertaken on rivers and lakes. South Africa is well-known for its canoeing and kayaking facilities and competitions, such as the Dusi River Canoe Marathon.

Free-Diving is only for the fittest among us. Free-diving means to dive into the ocean without any help or aid of a breathing apparatus. Free-diving is also a competitive sport, where competitors attempt to attain great depths, times or distances on a single breath.

Jet Skiing is a fantastic and fun activity. A Jet Ski is a stand-up, personal watercraft, and is used in both competitive and recreational jet skiiing.


Sailing is a time-honoured pastime, whereby a sailor navigates the ocean or body of water by controlling the boat’s sails and steering. Sailing requires quite a high level of knowledge, expertise and training.

Athletes take part in rowing races against each other on rivers, lakes or on the ocean, depending on the type of race and discipline. Rowing can also be recreational, and is a great calorie burner.

Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational activity which uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river, lakes or oceans. Usually done on white water rapids or differing degrees of rough water, white water rafting is not for the faint-hearted, and has been a popular leisure sport since the 1970s.

White Water Rafting

Surfing is a surface water sport where the surfer moves along the face of a breaking ocean wave, whilst riding a surfboard. Surfing also takes place on rivers, riding a standing wave. Longboarding and shortboarding are the two main types of surfing, which are indicative of differences in the surfboard length and riding style.

Windsurfing is much like surfing, but a large sail is attached to a board. Invigorating it may be, it’s also well-known that many windsurfers spend a lot of time falling off their board.

Yachting is recreational sailing or boating. Yachting is a popular sport and hobby, especially among the rich and famous.

There is an abundance of watersports out there for you to try out. From the well-known pastime of surfing, to the wackier wake skating, and, sometimes treacherous, white water rafting. The oceans are not just there for swimming, and a world of watersports awaits you.

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