Experience Atlantic City Water Sports on the Bay and Beach

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Susan Ferrier

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Jetski down the shore

If lying on the beach all day isn’t your idea of a good time there are plenty of water sports in Atlantic City to keep you moving, enjoying the water, and having fun in the sun. Both the beach and back bays of Atlantic city offer water activities for every level of adventurer.  Enjoy the gentle movement of the water atop a kayak or an adrenaline-filled rip around the bay on a Waverunner.

Whatever adventure you choose will provide you with summer memories to last a lifetime. Here are some of the best water activities Absecon Island has to offer.   

Kayaking near Atlantic City

One of the best things about kayaking is that it can be enjoyed at almost any age. It’s a fun way to explore the back bays and marshes around Absecon Island. Go with the kids and let them get acquainted with the coastal wildlife. Watch for a variety of bird species and marshland critters.

If you are looking for a bit of privacy, find yourself a sandy spot away from the crowds of the beach to come ashore to spend the day. Don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray. The greenheads can get crazy around these parts.

Also, did you know that you can catch crabs from a kayak?

If you don’t have your own kayak, try renting one from Kammerman’s Marina located at 447 Carson Ave, Atlantic City. Kammerman’s offers both Hobie and traditional kayaks fitted for both singles and doubles and you can rent from 2-hours to a week.

Windsurfing on Lakes Bay

Beginners and pros alike will find Windsurfing on Lakes Bay in West Atlantic City a challenge. This section of the bay produces nearly perfect winds on any given day. And there is a nice sandy beach from which to launch or take a break from the action.  Need equipment or a lesson, visit Extreme Windsurfing

Rent JetSkis and Waverunners

Adventure-seekers looking to enjoy the sun and surf sans sand might consider renting some waverunners. They require no real expertise and most people can just get on them and go after a brief lesson. Unlike some of the other water activities mentioned here, you do not need to be in peak physical shape to enjoy them and if you have kids, you can put one on the back and go for a spin. Despite not requiring a lot of experience, these are not toys. They should be used with caution and respect for the rules of boating. 

For this adventure head through the tunnel and across the bridge to Brigantine to Jet Ski Wave Runner Rentals. From Brigantine, you will be able to access the back channels and the inlet. For those with experience who are brave, you can even head out to the ocean. However, the rental company may have policies against this, Check before you go. 

On the weekend, heading to Brigantine can be a headache. An alternative especially if you are staying in the Downbeach area of Absecon Island is JetSki AC. Located on Albany Avenue, JetSki AC is convenient to Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, and destination on the mainland. Yamaha JetSkis rentals are by the half-hour and the hour with rates starting at $70.  

Jetski down the shore

Standup Paddle Boarding on the Bay or Ocean

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is an awesome workout and a great way to spend time on the water. For this activity, head downbeach to Margate to Stacey’s Surf and Paddle.

Stacey’s offers guided and unguided rental packages, classes for beginners and intermediate/advanced riders. Private, semi-private and group lessons are all available. If you want to take paddleboarding to the next level with ocean SUP, you can take a lesson in that as well.  For something different try a guided sunset tour or a full-moon paddle. And for health and well-being, Stacey’s offers H2O Flow SUP Yoga, Phit Paddle, and SUP Meditation Workshops.

Learn to Surf in Atlantic City

Surfing isn’t just a west coast water activity. The east coast has plenty of places to surf and Atlantic City is no exception. Sure, you may not find the gnarly waves of the Outer Banks but don’t rule it out.

Between Memorial Day and late September surfing in AC is limited to the following areas: “New Hampshire Avenue, Delaware Avenue, between Raleigh Avenue and Annapolis Avenue and the area bounded by Newton and Jackson Avenues, and beginning at Steel Pier South to a point 100 feet south of the southern border of Pennsylvania Avenue currently marked by the existing outfall pipe” per § 227-3S [Amended 8-28-1991 by Ord. No. 58-1991; 9-2-1992 by Ord. No. 90-1992]

If you are looking to take a lesson AC Surf School offers classes and camps for adults and kids from two locations: New Jersey Avenue Beach and Raleigh Avenue Beach.

Bodyboarding: Fun for All

If surfing isn’t in the cards for you, bodyboarding is a cheap alternative and fun for kids of all ages. Bodyboarding requires no real expertise and you can purchase an inexpensive board at any one of the shops along the boardwalk.

Unlike surfing, bodyboarding is permitted on all Atlantic City beaches.

Soar Above Atlantic City: Parasailing

You will feel like you are King or Queen of the World when you wave to your friends on the beach while soaring 500’ above the Atlantic Ocean. This is the only way to take in the Atlantic City skyline.

Atlantic City Parasail adventures leave from Gardner’s Basin and a reservation is required. The cost is $80 per person and you will spend 12 to 15 minutes in the air. However, your time on the water could be up to 90 minutes. You must weigh 100 to fly solo. Those under the weight requirement can still fly but will do it as a tandem (with another person) flight.

With so many water activities available to you on the ocean and bay, you will never hear the kids complaining, “I’m tired of being at the beach.” They will want to know what you’ll be doing next. 

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