Having previously discussed the importance swimming lessons for children in the Netherlands or safety reasons, there is also the enjoyment factor. Many children will spend a good portion of their summer holidays on local beaches. With more than 11km of coastline, The Hague offers an array of water-related sports and activities for kids and grown ups alike during the summer months.
Amusement parks with water rides located in The Hague area include Dutch Water Dreams in Zoetermeer, an indoor and outdoor water park attraction with surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, whitewater rafting, flowriding, Duinrell Amusement Park in Wassenaar with outdoor and indoor water slides and more than 40 attractions along with its popular Tikibad where toddlers and older children can enjoy tropical water temperatures on eleven slides or relax on the Lazy river, and Drievliet Family Park.
The Hart Beach Surfschool offers tailored surf lessons for kids during the whole summer break. The Windsurfschool offers lessons in windsurfing, kitesurfing, catamaran sailing etc. as does Aloha Surf. The Kitesurfschool offers lessons for this water sport. You can get some quick impressions of what’s on offer from their facebook page.
The ANWB Kampioen [n.7/8 July 2014] listed 12 favourite recreation areas (recreatieplaatsen) in the Netherlands. The South Holland location is in the Rotterdam area. It is a city beach, called Zevenhuizerplas (at Nesselande strand) where you have free access (and free parking) with sand beach, toilets, playground, restaurants, supervision and First Aid on site(EHBO).
During the last weeks several local newspapers warned not to swim in the canals or rivers for safety reasons. The Dutch site Zwemwater provides information about the water quality at approved swimming locations throughout the region. By entering the postcode and name of the place you want to spend your day, you can check if the water is clean and safe for you and your family.
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