Watersports for a Summer eveningWhen you’re surrounded by sea in the Isle of Man, there really is nothing like taking to the water on a warm Summer’s eve.
Whether you’re after an invigorating dip, an exhilarating race, or the enchantment of a Moonlit paddle across iridescent plankton, you’re in the right place.
The Isle of Man’s waters are rich with wildlife and steeped in seafaring history. With commutes so minimal you can manage office door to stunning shore in a matter of minutes, you’ll want to make the most of it! We’ve therefore compiled 5 of the best Manx Water Sports for a Summer’s eve or weekend, so you can get your perfect dose of Vitamin Sea.
Sailing in the Isle of Man
If sailing’s your thing, you’re in luck. Sailing boats sweeping across the Island’s bays on a Summer’s evening are a common sight.
All these clubs offer healthy social scenes for members as well as RYA training, Regattas, Championships, and sailing programmes. Many, such as Ramsey and Port St Mary, also offer training for children.
Sailing is a fantastic way to experience the sea. Get in contact with individual clubs for more information about getting involved.
For land-based fun, click here
Over the last decade, stand-up paddle boarding has apparently become the fasting growing water sport on the planet. The reason cited for this is that almost anyone can do it.
If you’re looking for a family friendly water sport that’s easy to do and offers a truly unforgettable experience, check out Port Erin Paddle Boards. As well as regular sessions, these seafarers are the only UK provider of Twilight Glo-Paddle-Boarding Sessions. Think LED lights, illuminated water, and a magical ambiance.
Saltworks is another great paddle boarding company. They offer everything from paddle board training and coastal exploration, to corporate events. Once again, get in contact to find out more. Click here to find out about the Island’s fabulous beaches.
If you’re a fan of adventure and all things thrill-seeking, coasteering might just be your go-to. This water sport involves a mixture of scrambling over rocky coasts, sea swimming, caves, and leaping into the sea. A fantastically novel way to experience the coastline, coasteering is as memorable and addictive as it is invigorating.
Both The Venture Centre and Adventurous Experiences offer weekend coasteering outings under the guidance of fully trained professionals. Between them they also offer a huge spectrum of other adventures for adults and for children. These range from archery through to sea kayaking, gorge walking and abseiling.
Fancy a walking challenge instead? Click here
If you want to explore the Island’s coast while feeling at one with nature, hop on a kayak.
Kayaking is popular on the Island. There are therefore several places where trained professionals will ensure your experience is safe and fun. The Venture Centre and Adventurous Experiences offer evening and weekend paddles. Here you can check out remote areas filled with seabirds, shipwrecks, and dramatic coastal scenery.
Both companies also offer lessons for children. These take place in venues such as Mooragh Park Lake and heated swimming pools.
Read about the Island’s unique biosphere status here
Swimming the Irish Sea
If you’re a hardy soul, sometimes, after a long Summer’s day at the office, feeling the sea lap around your toes or hearing the gentle lull of waves as you lie weightless, can be the most soothing experience on earth.
If this sounds like you, always remember safety comes first. Sea swimming can be dangerous, and the Manx weather can change rapidly.
If you aren’t a confident swimmer, there are plenty of local swimming pools where you can improve your skills in the safety of a heated pool. If you are ready to dive in, always check the conditions, wear appropriate gear (neoprene hat and wetsuit recommended), and only swim where other people can see you – preferably with others.
Done with the sea and want to end your day in a truly spectacular way? Check out a sunset!