4 easy ways to relax, recharge and have fun on a boat

TORONTO, Aug. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Feeling stressed? Adding water to your summer plans may be one of the best remedies. Boating offers fun on the water and much more.  Research by Harris Decima shows that frequent boaters enjoy a better quality of life and enjoy stronger family connections than non-boaters.  In fact, 81% of boaters (vs 67% of non-boaters) describe themselves as more energetic, in good physical shape and having a positive frame of mind.  

One easy way to relax? Get out on the water and go boating. It not only benefits overall well-being, it's also more accessible than many think. In fact, more than 12 million Canadians went boating last year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

"Today's technology can make it difficult to fully disconnect and relax, which is why boating offers a unique solution," says Tracey Hart, director of marketing for Discover Boating Canada. "Surrounded by water, fresh air and your favourite people makes a boat one of the rare places where you can focus on each other, forget about daily distractions and enjoy the outdoors."

Whether on vacation or staycation, there are fun, stress free ways to get on the water. Discover Boating's insider tips can help anyone get started in fishing, wakesurfing, sailing, personal watercraft and cruising this summer.

Planning an on-the-water getaway, looking to rent, or considering ownership? Getting on a boat has never been more fun or easier to do. DiscoverBoating.ca offers four simple ways to disconnect from land and get your feet wet this season:

  • On-water thrills: For action packed excitement, try wakesurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing. Watersports are fun for the whole family and a great workout, plus they're an easy way to get the kids to turn off the videogames and play outside.

  • Gone fishin': There's more to love about fishing than just the catching – enjoying nature, spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors. A favourite hobby for many, fishing offers a lot of fun for little cost. Consider renting a fishing boat at a nearby lake or setting up a deep sea fishing charter at the coast – cast a line and test the waters.

  • Cruise control: If relaxing and socializing rank at the top of your list for summer fun, the cruising lifestyle may be just right. Be your own captain or hire one to show you the ropes.

  • Sail away: Sailboats harness the breeze to power the boat across the water. Sailing lessons, charters and clubs are offered around the country for sailors of all (or no) skill levels.

A little research can go a long way for on-water options in your area this summer. Start with DiscoverBoating.ca, a beginner's guide to all things boating from a handy boat selector and cost comparison tool to a step-by-step guide – there's something for anyone looking to take the first step from the dock to the boat deck.

SOURCE Discover Boating Canada

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