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Watersports in Belfast Don’t forget to bring your wet suit (or at least your Speedos) to take advantage of the wet and wild adventures on offer in Belfast.

Head to Lagan Watersports Centre [map], Rivers Edge, Ravenhill Road, it's a great place for splashing about on – and in – the water. You could learn to drive a speedboat, or go for the more gentle option and try your hand at sailing, canoeing or rowing. The whole family can take part and there’s a delightful picnic area as well.

If you want to go under the water rather than skim across the top of it the PADI Dive Resort [map], Low Road, Islandmagee, might be the very thing you’re looking for. If you can swim 200 metres, float for more than 10 minutes and are fit and healthy, you can learn to scuba dive here. All of the instructors are trained under strict guidelines and co-ordinate the most popular diving programme in the world. Once you complete the course you’ll become a qualified PADI open water diver and the water world is your oyster.

If you’re looking for something a little less intensive try a Scuba Diving Activity Break at North Ireland Lodge, Low Road, Islandmagee. You’ll stay in a three or four star luxury cottage and have access to more than 30 wrecks around the shores of Islandmagee. One weekend gets you two boat dives and included in the price is two nights’ bed and breakfast and an evening meal.

If the kids are keen to be in on the watery fun head to one of Belfast’s premier leisure centres.

The Bangor Castle Leisure Centre [map], Castle Park Avenue, Bangor, has four large swimming pools catering for a range of abilities and age groups. There’s also a large café overlooking the swimming area if you want to leave the kids to splash around whilst you relax over a coffee.

Carrickfergus Leisure Centre [map], Prince William Way, offers great opportunities for serious swimmers with a large 25-metre pool. There’s also a smaller shallower pool for children and non-swimmers. And people with disabilities can use the pool via a pool chair that allows access.

Toddlers and babies will feel safe at Valley Leisure Centre [map], Church Road, Newtownabbey, with a dedicated pool so that little mermaids and young Nemos can learn to swim in a warm and playful environment. Mums and dads can get some serious swimming in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the quiet early bird sessions that begin at 7.30am.

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