Lancashire is home to some of the most popular beaches in the country. There are literally miles of golden sand, and although the temperature of the water is fairly cool is still attracts thousands of swimmers each summer.
When the industrial revolution was at its peak in the area the water quality was questionable, but regeneration of the industrial areas has resulted in Lancashire having some of the cleanest beaches in the country.
Every type of water sport is available in the area and the county has produced some of the country’s finest performers in certain activities. One of the leading rowing clubs is the John O’Gaunt Rowing Club in Lancaster. Its location in the north of the county means that it serves rowers from Lancaster, Preston and Morecombe. The largest rowing club in Manchester is Trafford Rowing club. The club rows on the Bridgewater Canal and attracts members from all over South Manchester. As well as participating in many events it also organizes the Trafford Head and the Trafford regatta which attracts crews from different clubs in the region.
Morecombe bay is the most attractive area for surfers. The long beach with decent winds and waves attracts both traditional surfers and also kite surfers. There is a natural swell of water which gives both learners and experienced surfers testing conditions in which to test their skills.
There are many top-class swimming clubs in the region and has produced many international swimmers. The City of Liverpool swimming club has produced notable internationals such as Fran Halsall, Andrew Jameson and Steven Parry. The club trains regularly at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre and it also has a water polo team. One of the clubs closest rivals are the city of Manchester Swimming Team which are based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. The club has the best facility in the region with two 50 metre pools and boasts a number of internationals in its various squads.
There are a number of different canoeing clubs in the region which cater to a wide range of abilities. The Ribble Canoe Club is based at Treales which is in-between Kirkham, Lytham and Blackpool. Situated on the Lancaster Canal the club has a variety of canoes and Kayaks and caters to all abilities and ages.
One of the oldest canoe clubs in the region is Manchester Canoe club which was formed in 1933. It is located on the River Goyt in Maple in Greater Manchester. The general sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus also on Sundays. Its top competitors train on the slalom courses in order to prepare them for competitions.
There are also a number of impressive sailing clubs in the region. The West Lancashire Yacht Club is based on the Marine Lake at Southport. This provides safe waters for the sailors of all abilities to practice. The club has a strong junior section who are taught all the skills that are needed to handle a wide variety of craft.
The East Lancashire Sailing Club is based at the Rishton reservoir just outside of Blackburn. Members are able to both cruise and sail with dinghy’s available for newcomers to learn in. The clubhouse has changing facilities and a refreshment lounge and the club acts as both a social club, and also a serious sailing centre. With Lancashire having such a long coastline it is hardly surprising that it has many first-rate facilities for its population. It is an ideal place to learn a water sport.