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.
Scuba Diving- Adventure sport
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. It allows us to go deeper and be underwater for longer periods of time than is naturally possible. The Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef are the world’s best scuba diving locations. Scuba Diving is a fairly low danger extreme sport with the right guidance and training.
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 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 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 in this activity and dedication, practice and knowledge. Still, as with all extreme sports, it depends on how extreme you go, which location you choose and how you choose to practice.
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 centres and outdoor climbing walls. Many avid climbers will venture on a climbing holiday to spectacular locations worldwide to put their skills into practice on natural climbing walls.
This hugely popular extreme sport involves the skydiver jumping out of an aeroplane mid-flight and using a parachute to land safely to the ground. Known as addictive and a common charity fundraiser activity, skydiving is easily obtainable and can be done with little training if an experienced diver supports the jump.
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 that 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 through rainforests or oceans, they are guaranteed to provide a fun and exhilarating experience.
Otherwise known as Volcano surfing or ash boarding, this sport is practised on the slopes of a volcano. Surfers usually hike up to the top of the volcano and surf down either sitting or standing 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 when volcano surfing, protective clothing and goggles should be worn.
Auto Racing involves racing 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 practised professionally. The cost to regularly get on the track and own a vehicle can be extortionate.
Participants sit on a giant inflatable, 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 from blobbing is 22 meters which was a Guinness World Record in 2012 – definitely, one to beat!