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Many sports are played in water. The following is a list of water sports, divided by category. This list is not complete. Some of the sports include only one part related to swimming, as for example Triathlon.

In the water

  • Swimming
  • Triathlon - Usually a combination of swimming, cycling and running
  • Modern pentathlon includes épée fencing, pistol shooting, swimming, a show jumping course on horseback, and a cross-country run.
  • Rescue swimming - Swimming with the goal to rescue other swimmers or the practice thereof.
  • Surf lifesaving - A competitive sport which evolved from the training activities of lifeguards at Australian surf beaches.
  • Water polo - A team ball sport played in water.
  • Synchronized swimming - A hybrid of swimming, gymnastics, and ballett.
  • Fin swimming - Swimming with fins
  • Water aerobics - Aerobics in the water
  • Water gymnastics - Gymnastics in the water
  • Snorkeling - The practice of swimming at the surface (typically of the sea) with a mask and a short tube called a snorkel.
  • Diving off springboards or off platforms
  • A water slide - A slide with water flowing down it

Underwater water

  • Diving
  • Scuba diving - Swimming under water using a (self contained) breathing apparatus
  • Free-diving - The aim to maximize the depth dived using no breathing apparatus
  • Apnea - The practice of not breathing for extended times.
  • Underwater rugby - Rugby played under water with a ball that has been rendered neutrally buoyant. Surfacing to breathe is only allowed without the ball.
  • Underwater hockey - Hockey played under water with short wooden curved sticks and a heavy puck. Players wear diving masks, snorkels, and fins, and must surface to breathe while team mates continue the game on the pool bottom.

Near the water

  • Boating - The use of boats
  • Bodyboarding - Similar to surfing, but the board is smaller and the person lies down on the board
  • Canoeing
  • Canoe Polo - Polo using a canoe
  • Dragon Boat Racing - A team paddling sport on water
  • Fishing - The recreation and sport of catching fish
  • Hydroplane racing
  • Jet sprint boat racing
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing - on flat water using a kite for propulsion
  • Motor boating
  • Offshore powerboat racing
  • Parasailing - A person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a parachute
  • Rowing - Propels a boat by means of oars
  • Sailing - Using the wind for propulsion
  • Surfing - The sport or pastime of riding a wave towards the shore while standing or lying on a surfboard.
  • Wakeboarding - Similar to water skiing, but using only one board attached to the feet
  • Wake skating - Similar to wakeboarding, but the board is NOT attached to the feet
  • Water skiing - Using skis to slide over the water while being pulled by a boat or other device
  • Wind surfing - On flat water using wind for propulsion in combination with sails

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Anexo:Deportes acuáticos para niños

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