Share a boat adventure on a peaceful lake, sitting back and enjoying the company
What kind of couple is this for?
As you’ll be on a small (but hopefully sturdy) boat, you may feel a little insecure. We generally find that people who can’t swim can start feeling uncomfortable on boats. So, if you either can’t go anywhere near water, or suffer from severe motion sickness, you may want to stay away from this one.
Otherwise, the activity is usually quite relaxing and easy-going, so should be fun for most couples. Beware though, if you choose a rowing boat, moving forwards is not as easy as it looks! Do prepare for a little bit of physical work out there.
Why do it as a couple?
It’s the ideal setting – just you and your partner, all alone in the middle of a lake, with no need to go back onto shore unless you choose to head back. Hopefully, the weather will be lovely, so you can just sit back and relax, sharing conversation and taking in the nice scenery around you.
It’s also quite manly to be rowing a boat along, while your partner sits there gracefully! We’re sure your partner will enjoy being taken for a ride, and she can even have a go herself if she wants a try. Bring a picnic, get cosy.. Everything put together makes a boat ride a very pleasant date.
I’ve never rowed a boat before?!
Time to get learning then. If you don’t feel confident, try to find a lake that has pedal boats instead, which are easier to both move and steer. They’re usually trouble-free, though they may get a little wet around your feet – you won’t lose oars, you can move without much effort and you won’t wear yourself out. Though not as romantic, it’ll be fun nonetheless.
If you do decide to be brave and go for the rowing boat, don’t worry. Once you’re out there, you don’t need to go dead straight, so just take your time, row slowly and carefully and you’ll get the hang of things eventually. Don’t show off or try to go too quickly though. Chances are, you’ll hammer into another boat or lose an oar, which would ruin the experience.
Come on, what’s there to do on a boat?
Well, more than what there is to do on a bench, and we’re sure you don’t mind sitting on a bench with your partner? As we mentioned, bring a packed lunch along and have a picnic together. If you’re in a rowing boat, you can take it in turns to row while your partner just relaxes in the sunshine. If there’s any kind of gentle current on the lake, you can even just let that take you for a ride and see where you end up?!
Put it this way – whatever you can do on a picnic, you can do on a boat, and there’s the added enjoyment of floating on water, drifting slowly past the ducks and their little chicks. They may be a little hungry, so you may want to bring some extra bread for them too?
Won’t we end up in the water?
No, very few rowing boats (and even fewer pedal boats) will actually turn over, whatever you do. The worst that can happen is that you drop an oar or two and become stranded until someone comes to help you!
However, you should always be prepared for the worst. So, always remember to ask your partner if they can swim before you jump into a boat. And, if a boat has a lot of water inside it, you may want to ask for a different one before you set off – otherwise, it’ll be uncomfortable more than anything.
So where can we find a boat?
A lot of parks with lakes will have boating services, so try researching on the internet, or asking the locals if they know of anywhere good. Different towns may have slightly different traditions, so the boat may not always be a pedal boat or a rowing boat. Either way, you should be able to find something relatively close by.
As always, if you need any help or advice finding suitable places, just contact us here and we’ll be more than happy to be of assistance.
- No seatbelts, no security.. just enjoy the thrills of a rocking boat on water. But don’t try your luck too much, try to keep still as much as possible!
- Make sure you keep track of how far you have come, and always leave more time than you think for getting back. You’ll be charged overtime straight away if you go out too far.
- Avoid crowded hours, as the date just won’t be romantic. You’ll always be having to avoid other boats and the water will feel like a main road at rush hour.