Halfway through the summer, it can sometimes feel like you’ve done all that there is to do. You’ve laid on the beach, played volleyball, gone swimming, and you just don’t know what else to do. Well, one of the most exhilarating summer activities that you can do is riding inflatable tubes behind a boat. If you haven’t considered tubing before, here are a few reasons why you might love it.
Tubing has a lot in common with water-skiing, in that you’re being pulled behind a speeding boat at very high speeds, getting launched into the air by the boat’s wake, and generally having an amazing time. The major difference is, tubing is much, much easier. Water-skiing requires a decent amount of practice and balance, and it’s very easy to fall down on the skis. Tubing, on the other hand, just requires you to hold onto the tube for dear life. If you want to try some of the more intense water sports, but haven’t had much practice or get nervous about trying, tubing might be perfect for you.
It Works You Out
When I say that tubing is easy, I mean it doesn’t take too much dexterity, skill, or learned knowledge. On the other hand, it is a solid physical workout. You have to hold onto the tube, move your body with the water, and, eventually, swim back to the boat. Even if you don’t feel like you’re doing much, after a day of tubing, your body will be pleasantly sore from all of the exercise.
It’s For All Ages
Again, the comparison to water-skiing is apt. Water-skiing can only be done at very high speeds, so necessarily, it’s only something that adults and older teens will be physically able to try. Tubing, on the other hand, can be done at any speed. Unlike the skis, there is no minimum speed at which it will work. That means you can pull the daredevil uncle at Mach 22, and then put little Susie into the tube and tow her along at an easy pace, all on the same trip. There are also many different styles of tubes available, some with very secure seating to some that are more adventurous.
It’s Family Fun
Tubing is never a solo experience. There’s the person driving the boat and the person being towed, at the very least. More often, it’s a full family experience, with all of the kids jockeying to be the next on the tube, and the driver waiting to pass off the steering wheel so they get their turn. There aren’t many better ways for a family to spend a summer day bonding together than a day of tubing.