This Father’s Day, forgo traditional gifts like ties and paperweights for something more adventurous­—an experience on the water. While a thoughtful trinket is always a pleasant gift, a shared experience or a solitary excursion doing something he loves is sure to make for a more memorable present that he will be able to look back on fondly for many years to come. Whether your dad is an experienced boater or merely an outdoor enthusiast, there are a wide variety of water activities that you can book for him to make this Father’s Day one of the best he has ever had.

Boating Adventures with Dad

Boating is one of the best ways to spend a beautiful June day, and there are many different types of boats and boating experiences that Dad can enjoy. If your father is a more traditional boater, you might consider treating him to a local day sail on a gorgeous wooden sailing boat. If he has a need for speed, you can book him a sleek motor yacht which he can use to fly over the waves. If you want to treat him to something extra special, you may consider booking him a trip to somewhere exotic where he can get climb aboard a boat in waters that he has never before explored.

However, if you have to work with a more limited budget (or if your dad is the type that prefers to be more hands-on during his watery excursions), you can look into booking him a kayak, canoe, paddleboat, or rowboat adventure. These activities not only provide a healthy workout, but they also will allow Dad the opportunity to navigate narrower waterways and get closer to the shoreline than he would have been able to in a larger craft. You can also charter a watercraft for both of you so that you can share in the fun together.

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Take Dad Fishing for Father’s Day

Many dads enjoy fishing, but their hectic lives and responsibilities all too often keep them onshore. Treat dad to a break from the daily grind with a surprise fishing trip on your local body of water. Fishing charters can be easily found in most parts of the world and can offer a fantastic opportunity for you and your dad to get some much-needed fresh air and sunshine. If you charter a trip on a professional deep-sea fishing boat, your father will be able to benefit from the equipment and expert knowledge of a professional crew so that all he has to worry about is relaxing and reeling in his fish.

If your dad is the proud owner of his own fishing equipment and enjoys a more independent experience, you can charter a boat that will take him out to his favorite fishing grounds so that he can spend the day doing what he loves exactly where he prefers to be.

Water Sports for Active Dads

If your dad prides himself on being in shape and enjoys an active lifestyle, then you can make his Father’s Day by gifting him an exciting, action-packed day of water sports. Whether he is already well-versed in the world of water sports or is an adventurous soul that craves new and exciting diversions, there is sure to be an activity on the water that will appease his desire for thrills. Depending on where in the world you book, Dad can enjoy an adrenaline rush by partaking in activities such as:

  • Scuba diving (equipment rentals for experienced divers and lessons for beginners)
  • Kiteboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Flyboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • Wakeboarding
  • Parasailing
  • Stand up paddleboarding

All of these adventures will guarantee a thrilling, memorable day for your dad, and are also the kind of excursions that you can share with him. A little research can help you determine which body of water would be most convenient for Dad and which activities your local businesses will be able to offer you. These experiences are also a great bonus gift to add to a boating or fishing trip to round out a Father’s Day that he will be sure to brag about to his colleagues and friends.

Give Dad the Gift of Aquatic Adventure

Father’s Day is an opportunity to show the dads of the world that all of their hard work and care has mattered, and oftentimes a mere bauble does not suffice when trying to express your appreciation for all they have done. Instead of picking up something at the mall or choosing something quickly online, you might consider giving Dad something that he will always cherish: a day on the water spent with you.