It’s a beautiful day, the water is fine, and the waves are gently splashing on the shore. If this puts you in the mood to go out on the river, the lake, or the wide-open sea for some fun and exercise, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these tips to help you enjoy paddling or rowing, surfing, swimming, or other open water sports, no matter your level of vision. To get started, here are a few basics to keep in mind.
First, for any open water sport, going with a buddy or a guide is always a good idea. If you don’t yet have a water-loving friend who wants to join in, look into local clubs and organizations. There are many sporting groups that help people who are visually impaired including rowing or surfing clubs, open water swim teams, and more. They can offer guides and helpful techniques, and they can tell you about safety needs and rules. Check out the Resource section for more information.
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