Activities

What do you want to do on the water? 

Boating is the leisurely activity of travelling by boat, or the recreational use of a boat whether powerboats, sailboats or man-powered vessels (such as rowing and paddle boats), focused on the travel itself, as well as sports activities, such as fishing or water skiing.  It is a popular activity, and there are tens of thousands of boaters statewide. 

The term “jet skiing” is often used to describe an activity when referring to WaveRunners, or other sit-down PWC (personal water craft).  As the riding of personal watercraft evolved through the 1990s, companies elevated the use of personal watercraft to a worldwide sport in both racing, freestyle and recreational. 

Recreational and sport fishing describe fishing primarily for fun or competition. Recreational fishing has conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and regulations that limit the way in which fish may be caught; typically, these prohibit the use of nets and the catching of fish with hooks not in the mouth.  The most common form of recreational fishing is done with a rod, real, line hooks and any one of a wide range of baits or lures such as artificial flies.  The practice of catching or attempting to catch fish with a hook is generally known as angling.  In angling, it is sometimes expected or required that fish be returned to the water (catch and release).  Recreational or sport fishermen may log their catches or participate in fishing competitions. 

Canoeing is an outdoor activity that involves a special kind of canoe.  When exactly a canoe can be called a kayak is difficult to determine though, and often arbitrary. Internationally, the term canoeing is used as a generic term for both forms though the terms “paddle sports” or “canoe/kayak” are also used. In the U.S., however, “canoeing” usually refers only to canoes, as opposed to both canoes and kayaks. Paddling a kayak is also referred to as kayaking.