- Written by Queen Munguti for Kenyakidz
As the long holidays approach, Kenyan kids and parents will be looking for activities in which they can engage in as a family.
Below is a list of extreme sports that the kids and especially teenagers can enjoy.
Kayaking is a sport whereby a canoe-like boat called a kayak is used for moving across water. A double-bladed paddle is used to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation.
According to the website adrenalinebeast.com, in kayaking the adrenaline rush comes from falling down the waterfall free drops, the aggression of the river and from the feeling you get when, in spite of the raw power of the furious water, you are in control of yourself and the kayak, which becomes one with your body, while you are fighting for survival on the way down.
As much as it may seem scary, it is the adrenaline rush that people are looking for when they decide to go kayaking. The strong current will take you with it whether you like it or not, whether you are in full control or rolling and hitting every rock along the way.
As with such as an extreme sport, injuries are bound to occur, most are caused by hitting big rocks. The strong water current and flow can lead to capsizing and that is why it is advisable to have a professional or someone who can deal with the situation if it occurs.
In Kenya, Rapids camp in Sagana is one of the most popular areas for kayaking -0722 308 026 for Sh7,200 inclusive of equipment.
Bungee jumping is an extreme sport that involves jumping from a tall fixed structure such as a building or a bridge while connected to a large and strong elastic cord.
When one jumps, the cord stretches and they fly upwards again as the cord recoils and continue to swing up and down. The thrill of the sport comes from the free-falling and the rebound.
The thrill of the sport comes from being fastened to the cord and while still on the platform, the sight of the depth below get the adrenaline rush going and once you jump, it is too late to late to change your mind.
One can experience at Rapids camp in Sagana for Sh5200 inclusive of equipment.
Parachuting or skydiving
This is the extreme sport of throwing oneself out of an airplane or other airborne craft at a typical height of around 12,000ft (3,700m) and then free-falling for a period of time before activating a parachute and steering it safely towards the ground.
Unlike other extreme sports, fatalities in skydiving are rare this is because one has to complete a thorough course of training before they can sky dive, in other words one has to be professional in order to do it.
Skydivers are required to carry a reserve parachute while skydiving incase the one they are using fails to deploy.
The most common place for skydiving in Kenya is in Diani Beach, Mombasa through Skydive Diani: 0701 300400, charges are $40 for a jump ticket for tandem jumps (sky diving in twos): $350.
This is a common sport especially in areas where there is a large mass of water like Mombasa. Surfing requires one to have strength, stamina, balance and agility so as to steer past waves and be able to keep the surfboard on their feet.
Waves can get as high as 60 feet and although such is a surfer’s dream, it is actually one risking their lives on the waves because they can be engulfed in them and drown.
In Kenya, in places like Malindi bay, Watamu beach out on the reef, mtwapa creek entrance, the tana river delta are the best for surfing.
This is an activity that involves one piloting while strapped on an inflatable wing and harness. The thrill of the sport is flying 3,000 meters high and piloting it safely to the ground.
One has to undergo thorough training first before they can paraglide
In Kenya, Laikipia is one of the favourite locations for the sport. Paraglide Kenya (www.paraglidekenya.com) charges Sh8,000 per flight inclusive of the equipment.- 0704939477.