Gear

What are Water Shoes?

If you have ever stepped on a seashell or clam while swimming or snorkeling you know how bad it hurts. Did you know there are special shoes for swimming and boating? Lets learn about water shoes today.

Safety

Water shoes are specific shoes for swimming and boating. They have a thick sole to prevent injuries from the bottom of lakes, rivers, or whatever type of water you may be swimming in. Some have toe shields to prevent stubbed toes in rocky areas.

There are both fashionable slip-on styles for use at beaches. The other option is lace-up shoes for fishing or other journeys where you will be walking through water. This is a great way to keep you trip going even if you need to walk through jagged or uneven areas of land.

Traction

They come equipped with a special tread for traction while boating or fishing on docks. This is a great option for safety and stability on slippery surfaces. Their nonmarking sole will not make boats dirty while you are wearing them.

Made From Mesh

These shoes are made from a mesh material. This is great for being able to submerge your feet and getting them to dry easily afterward. This material is also able to keep your feet warm in cold water, great for cold water fishing trips, or early in the season swimming.

Easy to Use

They are comfortable so you will want to use them. They slip on easily if you have limited time to change your shoes. They also dry easily so after giving them a few minutes to dry you can pack them back into a beach bag, or backpack if you are traveling.

Small Child Approved

They come in children’s sizes so you no longer have to worry about their little feet getting injured while they are running on the beach. They will want to wear them due to all of the fun color choices there is to choose from. They are super comfortable so they will not struggle with you while you are putting them on them. I would suggest using the slip on variety for small children so they can put them on themselves with ease.

With all the convenience of water shoes, you will want to use them. They are an inexpensive option for protecting your feet against the dangers of water while swimming, boating, or on fishing trips. They come in sizes that work for the whole family. Try some today and never have a trip or vacation ruined again due to sore feet.

Gear

Bodyboarding for Beginners

Bodyboarding is loads of fun and it is a great reason to hit the water all over the world in search of the perfect wave.  Before you buy a board and head to the beach there are things that you should know, especially if you are new to the whole sport.  Let’s look at bodyboarding for beginners and you can use these tips to help you master bodyboarding.

Location, Location, Location

When you’re new to bodyboarding you want to start out at a spot that’s a little easier to master.  Look for clear beaches that have sandy bottoms, you are not quite ready to take on reefs.  You need to master the basics first.  Sand bottom beaches will also have multiple wave peaks and are wide open.  Look for a beach that has miles of sand versus a smaller beach.  Check with your local board shop to see what they can recommend, they know all the best local spots.

The Board and Fins

You are going to need a board, and bodyboarding is done with fins.  The fins give you more speed and power when you are paddling and they help to keep you upright on the board.  Most pro bodyboarders like the Churchill Slasher Fins, but again check with the local surf shop for a recommendation that will work for you.  Depending on where you plan to bodyboard you may need a wet suit.  The wet suit will keep you warm and comfortable, and bear in mind that warm days don’t mean warm water.  Here is a guide to all the gear you will need.

Learning to Paddle

If you have never paddled on a bodyboard you may find it a bit hard to get coordinated.  Start out by paddling with either your arms or legs and work your way up to both.  With a little practice you can do both at the same time.  Paddling uses motions that are similar to swimming.  You can simply hold the board with your hand and paddle with your fins, make sure to keep your fins below the water for better forward motion.  Fins are integral to bodyboarding, you need them for more than just paddling they also help you stand on the board.  Once you get better at bodyboarding fins will help you do tricks.  Make sure that you have good fitting fins the last thing you want are blisters.

The hardest part of learning to bodyboard is paddling and balance.  Don’t lay too far back on the board, if the nose of the board is too high in the air then you are lying too far back on your board.  When you are too far back it is too hard to paddle efficiently.  Go to where there are no waves, here you can find the right spot to lay on the board where the nose is just above the water.  Now that you have the sweet spot, it’s time to find a wave.