Surf’s up, Sassy Mamas!
When water is your landing ground, it’s the perfect excuse to go all out, mama! Of course, safety precautions still need to be taken, (especially when it comes to the safety of your little one), so we’ve rounded up some Sassy Mama approved water sports that really allow you to have a splashin’ good time. Plus, plenty of these classes offer family friendly options, so you know your littler water baby will be in good hands!
For our experienced surfers who need no introduction to this beautiful sport, Big Wave Beach is the spot to go. For those new to the sport, HK Waterman offers lessons to kiddos as young as 4 and their mamas and papas — so nobody will be left out! Warning: weekends draw in big crowds so be prepared!
If you’d prefer your little surfer to go off and enjoy surfing camp, then the Treasure Island Group is definitely worth looking into. They also offer private parties for your little tots!
Where: Big Wave Bay Beach, Shek O, Hong Kong Island
How much: Board rental is available and pricing varies. HK Waterman surf lessons start at $600.
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If surfing isn’t enough on its own, windsurfing takes it to another level! Soak up the rays as you soar through the wind and navigate your way with a sail. Opened by the uncle of Hong Kong’s own Olympic gold medalist, Lee LaiShan, Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre is the best place to take windsurfing lessons. It’s also the perfect spot if you’re more experienced and looking for somewhere to windsurf with friends, or introduce your teenager to the sport. They even offer kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for rental (so there’s plenty to keep the little tykes on their toes!).
Where: Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, 1 Hak Pai Rd, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 8316
How much: Prices begin at $1,800/person for full-day classes. Call 2981 8316 for more info and bookings.
For a more laid-back option, why not try kayaking or canoeing? It’s a great way to get in a quick upper body workout and one of the best ways to enjoy the serene Hong Kong waters (don’t expect any white-water rapids action here!).
The best spots are in Sai Kung and you can usually find kayak rentals at sports centres and beaches. This is a great one to take your growing little ones if they are looking for a bit of a challenge. Best to save this one for when they are over the age of 8, or over the age of constant complaining (please, please say there’s an age for that!).
Alternatively, if you’re planning on leaving the littles at home, we suggest Kayak and Hike for a comprehensive seven-hour hike and kayak session.
Where: Sai Kung New Pier, Fuk Man Road, Hong Kong
How much: $800/person. Call 9300 5197 to make a booking.
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Leave the kids at bay, and make your way out into the water for an experience like no other. Located in Tai Tam Tuk Village, HK Wakeboard is the perfect place to meet all your extreme water sports needs. If only one board and a rope sounds intimidating, opt for water skiing instead!
Not only do they provide professional wakeboarding lessons, they also teach wakeskating, wakesurfing, and have hoverboard/flyboard sessions for the adrenaline junkies in the family!
Where: HK Wakeboard, Tai Tam Tuk Village, Hong Kong, 9454 5772
How much: $850/hr (weekdays) and $900/hr (weekends). The Family package is $2200/3 hrs for up to 6 people. Contact [email protected] or call 9454 5772 for more info.
Stand-up paddle boarding is as a water sport staple in Sai Kung (Hong Kong’s hotspot for access to beautiful beaches). Book a session with Blue Sky Sports Club and explore the beauty of Hong Kong standing on water, with your tween enjoying the ride by your side. A bonus: paddle boarding is one of the best core and arm workouts we know.
Where: Blue Sky Sports Club, G/F, No.60 Sun On Tsuen, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2791 0806
How much: Beginners courses start at $500/person
Hong Kong may not have the clearest or cleanest waters, but you’d be surprised at the marine life you can spot out in Clearwater Bay. It’s also a great base location to learn how to scuba dive at your own pace before you plan a diving holiday in Asia. We recommend getting a certification with Splash, who are highly professional and even organise dive trips abroad.
Where: Splash, Unit 5, 1/F, Ko Fu House, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2792 4495
How much: Prices very depending on course. Check out their website for details.
Though not quite a kiddie-appropriate activity, this is for all the thrill-seeking mamas and papas out there!
If wakeboarding had a sibling, it would be kiteboarding. While the two are very similar, kiteboarding depends much more on the right wind conditions, which makes the sport even more interesting in our opinion. So if you fancy pairing your water-ready-teenager with a day of perfect wind conditions, the Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong has plenty of places worth checking out!
We hear their beginner package really will take you in the right direction…
Where: Location is subject to change depending on the Kiteboarding Association.
How much: 1-day package is $600, while 3-day beginner package is $4,500.
This is a sport for competitive parents who want to get seriously fit! Water polo is a great workout involving an awful lot of swimming, endurance, coordination and teamwork. Water polo is usually played in a pool, but Hong Kong Beach Water Polo brought it into the ocean, which made the game even more challenging. Most events are for adults but they do also hold a junior beach water polo tournament for those under 18.
Where: Repulse Bay Club House, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $100 for one time membership. Prices and locations can vary so check out the Hong Kong Beach Water Polo’s Facebook for up-to-date details.
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