Summer or winter, there are some people you just can’t keep out of the water. From swimming, diving and surfing to kayaking, sailing and snorkelling, there is so much to do on and under the water.
The cool thing about living in the 21st century is that there’s definitely “an app for that,” as a popular commercial once said. No matter what your aquatic pleasure may be, let’s take a look at what we would call the “7 of the Best Water Apps ” in any given category.
Some might sound a bit odd, but we assure you that they’ll enhance your experience. With the tools of your trade becoming more accessible than ever with each passing season, it’s hard to keep up with what’s available. That’s why we’ve made it easy and broken it down for you.
Gone Fishing? Try Fishbrain
Fishbrain is the ultimate app to enhance your inner angler. According to the App Store description, over four million catches have been recorded in 1.7 million fishing locations around the world using the app. Anglers from everywhere can get real-time updates, conditions, and catch data from their fellow sporting adventurers. It also allows users to give product reviews and find their perfect rig. Basically, get fishing before you go fishing, and have a head-start on the competition, both human and fish.
Doing Some Diving? Deepblu is For You
Deepblu began with its in-house COSMIQ line of dive computers, and from there branched out to become the fastest-growing online community for divers. On it, divers can interact, find dive spots, join groups, and as of 2018 even book their next dive experience. Their Planet Deepblu feature places all of the dive spots onto an interactive map, gives comprehensive information on dive regions, and allows divers to find and chat with dive shops in the region they’re headed to.
Watch Surfing Weather With Windy
Windy, for starters, is probably the best app, and certainly the most beautiful, for keeping an eye on the weather. In addition, it’s always evolving, and has become the best place to find tides, swells, winds (an obvious one), and great spots for watersports. Its handy chat feature also allows users to chat with locals and get the story from the ground before they head out to the water. In addition to being great for surfing, it’s a generally useful weather tool for anyone who lives on islands and shores.
Start Sailing With Skipper
Get your bearings straight with Skipper, an app with a great user interface and all of the data that you need for smooth sailing. Find your location, plot your course, and always stay up to date with your exact coordinates. In addition to these features, the app allows users to keep track of their speed and distance traveled. If it has a sail, it has a use for Skipper. Log with ease.
Navigate with Navionics
Don’t get lost at sea, this app has all of the features you’d normally find in top-notch navigation devices, all in one place. Chart your course, find changes in tide, and compare your course to the most up-to-date satellite data. With this app you can also track depths, so you know you’ll never be scraping at the bottom.
Paddle Longer with Paddle Logger
If it’s done with a paddle, this is the place to track it. Paddle Logger begins tracking your activity with the push of a button, allowing you to go ahead and enjoy the ride. Simply cruise along while the app tracks your trip, records everything to an in-app digital logbook, and syncs information to your Apple Watch. With the app, you can also drop pins and see how your pace has changed throughout your travels. When you’re done, upload your pictures to the gallery.
Whitewater Kayak Community Washes Over the Competition
There’s nothing better than the rush of the rapids, and with the Whitewater Kayak Community you can connect to others who know that as well. When you’re linked up to the app, you can share your stories, find the best spots, and share photos and videos from your journey with like-minded adventurers. The app is also a marketplace. When you’re browsing for new information or regional rapids, you can also find deals on new and used kayaks, gear, and other tools for the aquatic outdoor adventurer.
No matter your choice of aquatic activity, make sure to be on the cutting edge and impress your friends with these apps. After all, these days it’s not the cool sunglasses that makes you the talk of the beach, it’s what’s in your pocket.