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Published January 3rd 2013
Spend an exciting Summer on the water
Summer and water go hand in hand and if you have children, you know something magic happens when you turn the water on be it the garden hose or even a bucket filled with water. So rather than hiding from the summer heat, put your swimmers on and join in the water fun.

1. Learn to Surf

Not only will you learn a new skill, keep cool, but have plenty of laughs. There are many surf schools, particularly at Sydney's more popular beaches.
Manly Manly Surf School
Bondi Let's Go Surfing
Maroubra Sydney Safe Surf School
Cronulla Cronulla Surfing Academy

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Learn to surf

2. Go Boogie Boarding

Don't let kids have all the fun and give boogie boarding a go. If you don't have a board, you can pick one up at Big W, Target or Kmart for less than $40 and you are guaranteed to have a summer full of excitement. Great beaches to go boogie boarding
Collaroy Beach Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Tamarama Beach Pacific Avenue, Tamarama
Coogee Beach Arden Street, Coogee
Bronte Beach Bronte Road, Bronte
Narrabeen Beach - Ocean Road, Narrabeen
Dee Why Beach The Strand, Dee Why
Avalon Beach Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
Palm Beach Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach
Freshwater Beach Kooloora Avenue, Harbord
Newport Beach The Boulevard, Newport

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Go boogie boarding

3. Venture Out To a Water Park

Sydney has some great places where you can get wet either for free or for very little money. Check out some great Sydney water parks, especially if you have kids they will be occupied for hours.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Water Park

4. Go Cable Skiing

Similar to water skiing, cable skiing is a lot of fun and can be undertaken by kids as young as 10 years. If you are a beginner, you can ski on a board kneeling down and if you are more confident and advanced, then try standing up and give some obstacles and ramps a go. Find out more about Cables Wake Park.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Cable Skiing & Wakeboarding

5. Explore the Underwater World

All you need is a mask, snorkel and some flippers and you are ready to go. You can pick these up from most department stores. When you have your gear venture out to one of Sydney's protected beaches, which have no waves. Sydney's best snorkelling spots include:

Shelly Beach Bower Street, Manly
Manly Cove West Esplanade, Manly
Chinamans Beach Parriwi Road, The Spit
Balmoral Beach The Esplanade, Balmoral
Clontarf Beach - Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Shark Beach Greycliff Avenue, Vaucluse
Chowder Bay Morella Road, Mosman

Sydney's Best Water Adventures

6. Go Scuba Diving

Many people are afraid to try scuba diving, but it is definitely an amazing experience. If you have never dived before, you can book for a scuba diving course.

Pro Dive Sydney Manly and Coogee
Abyss Scuba Diving Ramsgate
Dive Centre Bondi - Bondi
Plunge Diving Mosman -
Aquatic Explorers Cronulla
Frog Dive Centre Willoughby
PADI Asia Pacific Frenchs Forest

Check out Sydney's Best Diving spots

Alternatively book yourself for a dive experience at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary or Sydney Ocean World.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Scuba Diving

6. Hire a Kayak or A Canoe

Sydney has some amazing spots where you can go kayaking or canoeing. You can either hire a kayak / canoe or enjoy kayaking tour with companies such as Life's An Adventure, Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Bundeena Kayaks, Manly Kayaks and many others.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures

7. Play Water Games At a Local Swimming Pool

There are lots of fun water games kids of all ages will enjoy. Games such as Marco Polo, Find A Coin, Cannonball Pool Jump, Add On and many more. Find details of great pool / water games

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Swimming Pool Games

8. Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding

This is a relatively new sport in Australia, although it has been very popular in Hawaii since the 1960s. Book for a lesson at some of the following Stand Up Paddle Schools:
Manly Stand Up Paddle School
Pittwater Stand Up Paddle School
Cronulla Stand Up Paddle -
Bondi Stand Up Paddle
Bundeena Stand Up Paddle

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Stand Up Paddle Boarding

9. Fill Up a Bucket

If you don't have a swimming pool or don't feel like venturing out to the beach, you can still have plenty of fun in your back yard or in the park. Simply grab a bucket filled with water and some plastic cups and let the kids loose. Alternatively fill up some balloons with water or buy inexpensive water guns and your children will be entertained for hours.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Water Balloon Battle

10. Slip and Slide

Slip and Slide slides can be purchased for under $20 and guarantee hours of fun. They are best laid out on grass and you will need to connect them to a hose. Get 2 slides and you can have sliding races. Suitable for kids of all ages.

Sydney's Best Water Adventures
Slip and Slide

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