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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.