There are hundreds of sports out there to try and as life’s too short to fit them all in, we have put together a comprehensive list of top 10 adventure sports to add to your bucket list.
1. Scuba Diving
A popular holiday activity that is easily accessible, scuba diving provides an unforgettable underwater experience. SCUBA is an abbreviation for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, meaning it gives us the opportunity to go deeper and be underwater for longer periods of time than is naturally possible. The Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef are known to be the world’s best scuba diving locations. Scuba Diving is a fairly low danger extreme sport with the right guidance and training.
2. Shark Cage Diving
Using all the same techniques as traditional diving, this activity is for the ultimate thrill-seeker. Specific cages are built underwater and participants are placed inside the cage amongst sharks. The sharks are attracted to the cage using bait enabling the diver to be almost face to face with this fascinating creature. Although many would pass because of safety fears, the cages are custom made for shark cage diving so it is guaranteed the shark won’t be able to break in – although like all extreme sports it’s important to choose to participate in this activity with a reputable company!
One of the more technically challenging extreme sports, caving involves exploring the many caves around the world – the challenge all depends on the cave that is being explored. Conditions can be dark with various uneven surfaces, water hazards, and small spaces. Often disregarded as an extreme sport due to the slow-paced exploration nature of caving, there are various dangers involved to this activity as well as dedication, practice and knowledge but as with all extreme sports, it depends how extreme you go, which location you choose and how you to choose to practice.
4. Rock Climbing
Climbers can either climb across a natural rock or artificial rock walls, indoors or outdoors. A fantastic sport that involves a lot of body strength, endurance, and problem-solving skills, rock climbing is usually possible to practice all year round with an array of indoor climbing centers and outdoor climbing walls. Many avid climbers will venture on a climbing holiday to spectacular locations around the world to put their skills into practice on natural climbing walls.
This hugely popular extreme sport, involves the skydiver jumping out of an airplane mid-flight and using a parachute to land safely to the ground. Known to be addictive and a common charity fundraiser activity skydiving is easily obtainable and can be done with little training if the jump is supported by an experienced diver.
6. Canyon Swinging
The clue is in the name with canyon swinging. The participant lowers themselves down a cliff, usually by around 100m, and a specially designed system then allows you to swing vertically and horizontally. An activity which usually provides spectacular views and for those less confident, speeds can usually be adjusted to the participant’s desire.
A zip-line is a long piece of cable which is attached to a pulley. The participant sits on the pulley and is propelled by gravity from one end of the cable to the other. Some zip lines can be extremely high with the world’s highest being The Monster in Puerto Rico which is 7,234 feet long! Most zip-lines are in stunning locations, whether it is through rainforests or oceans they are guaranteed to provide a fun and exhilarating experience.
8. Volcano Boarding
Otherwise known as Volcano surfing or ash boarding, this sport is practiced on the slopes of a volcano. Surfers usually hike up to the top of the volcano and surf down either sitting or standing on aboard. There are, of course, a lot of risks involved, such as being hit by falling lava or breathing in poisonous gases. The volcanic ash can also cut the surfer so protective clothing and goggles should be worn when volcano surfing.
9. Auto Racing
Auto Racing involves the racing of automobiles for competition, whether it is Formula Racing, Sports Car Racing, Rallying, Kart Racing or Off-Road Racing, there is a huge range of styles for racers to choose from. Whilst Rallying and Kart Racing often partake for leisure, sports such as Formula Racing are most commonly practiced professionally as the cost to regularly get on the track and own a vehicle can be extortionate.
Participants sit on a giant inflatable which is referred to as either a water trampoline or a blob, another participant then jumps on the inflatable blob, and the person already on the blob is launched into the water. A hilarious water sport that is commonly used at summer camps in the USA. The greatest height achieved from blobbing is 22 meters which was a Guinness World Record in 2012 – definitely, one to beat!