If you love making a splash, water sports offer an exciting and exhilarating experience. Whether it’s diving, paddling, swimming and surfing, as well as getting the adrenaline rushing around your body, these water sports bring a wealth of benefits. They:
- Help you to stay in shape
- Give you a chance to get outdoors
- Help you to see some amazing water creatures
- Boost your mental health.
Taking up a new water sport? We take a look at some of the must-have luxury accessories so that your next trip to the water goes off in style.
Capture the moment
If you’re doing water sports out at sea, you want to invest in a good underwater camera. Water spots don’t have to be as wild as water skiing – they can be as calming as snorkelling – and it’s for the latter that you want to have your camera to hand. See striking multi-coloured fish, strange creatures and beautiful underwater surroundings. You want to be able to capture the amazing sights that you can only find being underwater and that calls for a camera that can cope.
Stay on time
For activities such as deep-sea diving, you should invest in a good quality divers’ watch – and an Omega Seamaster 300M is the perfect timepiece for the job. The Seamaster is waterproof up to 30 bar – making it not only perfect for diving but also a fantastic watch to keep track of time while on the water. This iconic divers’ watch has also been favoured by Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig when playing James Bond.
What a sight!
You might love your sunglasses – but not all models are fit to help you avoid being dazzled by the sun while you’re engaged in water sports. It’s a good idea to look at investing in a new pair designed specifically for the activity – ones that are robust enough to cope with water spray.
Sports optician EyeKit reveals what to look out for when choosing your sunglasses:
- UV protection
If you’re out in the sun all day, you’re at risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and pterygium. Glasses will protect you from the harmful UV radiation, but be sure to check the pair you want has UV protection.
- Polarised lenses
These are very good for activities in the sun, as polarised lenses can help cut out up to 98% of reflected light. This reduces any glare given off from the water. No glare means you can see much more clearly.
- Hydrophobic coating
This coating helps to make your lenses water repellent, perfect for those times when water will be constantly spraying up from a boat.
- Lens colour
Grey is the recommended colour for your lenses as it offers ‘great all-round’ vision.
Having a strap for your glasses is essential to ensure that they can be safely secured to your head.
Thinking about taking to the water soon? These accessories will ensure you have the best experience possible and make the most of your time on the waves or delving deep into the sea.