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Free watersport tasters throughout May

Try out watersports for free.

IT’S National Watersports Month which means we have lots of free opprtunities to try out the watersports that we’ve always fancied having ago at.

The kind of sports on offer this month are: canoeing, sailing, rowing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding.

Pictured here is Olympic sailing silver medallist Stuart Bithell and sailor Sophie Weguelin who launched the campaign this week.

There are more than 400 free watersports related events taking place across the country and we can find out where, by going to

Go Canoeing,British Rowing, the Royal Yachting Association, the British Marine Federation and British Water Ski and Wakeboard are the organisations behind the events and all of them say there has been a significant rise in the number of Brits trying out watersports over the past year – 700,000 more adults in 2013 than in 2012.

Stuart Bithell says the month-long campaign will be giving people across the country the chance to try something new, or simply breathe life back into an old hobby.

Helen Grant, Minister for Sport and Tourism said, “It is an ideal time to go out and try a new sport, experience some of our lovely water ways and support the British businesses who are the backbone of our marine leisure industry.”

Find out what’s near you at or follow @WatersportsMont on Twitter.

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after realising there wasn't a single publication focusing on adventure. He has been a pilot in the RAF, a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as journalist for motorcycling, flying and adventure magazines.