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.
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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