If you're planning your next beach vacation and are left wondering what there is for your kids to do, remember that there are actually numerous water activities that kids can get involved in, many requiring very little equipment and training.
Snorkeling is a great activity for kids as it requires very little equipment or know-how. Just make sure that the mask doesn't leak (which can ruin a snorkeling trip), and consider getting a snorkel with a float to keep water out of the snorkel.
If your child is a competent swimmer, consider letting him do a dive certification course. Kids as young as 10 can take the PADI junior open water diver certification.
Children as young as 6 can learn how to surf so long as they can swim. Look for surf schools that specialize in teaching kids. Small, consistent waves are the best to learn on.
Kayaking is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Simply rent a tandem kayak and have your child sit in the front while you control the steering in the back, or you could even have two adults in the kayak with your child in the middle.
Boogie boarding is another great beach activity that requires very little equipment. Really, all you need is a boogie board and a pair of short fins. As with surfing, look for small waves for your child to practice on.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.