Living in a place with nearly 400 miles of coastline and the Atlantic stretching as far as the eye can see, not to mention countless rivers and ponds, you’ve officially run out of excuses not to get on the water this summer. You live in the Ocean State, after all. This year, spice up your plain old swimming and learn something new.
If you’ve always wanted to sail, take lessons from the URI Sailing Center, which offers lessons in all skills levels to both kids and adults all summer long.
Once you’ve learned the ropes (and the jib, and mizzenmast, and the – say it with me – poop deck), test out your skills on a sailing charter. Royal Crustacean Charters offers daily sails for small, private groups out of its East Greenwich mooring. If you’d rather hone your fishing skills, fishing charters abound. Frances Fleet offers private fishing trips, and the 80-foot “fishing yacht” from Seven B’s is available all year round.
To be closer to the water, learn to surf or kayak. The Kayak Centre, with locations in Wickford and Charlestown, offers lessons, rentals and guided kayak tours daily during the summer. Narrow River Kayaks in Narragansett offers educational guided tours, from the sunrise and breakfast tour to the starlight paddle. The Peter Pan Surf Academy offers daily lessons on Narragansett Town Beach.