Watersports at Mark Warner, Levante, Rhodes
Whilst I did not take part in the windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing or water-skiing myself, I did watch people from the beach of mixed abilities receiving tuition. One thing that was obvious was that they were enjoying the activity, smiling and laughing. My own experiences of time spent with the Mark Warner watersport instructors lead me to believe that they are great fun, knowledgeable and very polite & respectful.
Free group windsurfing lessons & clinics for all levels of windsurfer is included in the price of your holiday when you book with Mark Warner. Simply meet the waterfront team at the start of your holiday and choose the right course for you. A range of RYA Windsurfing courses and tuition are available at an additional charge.
The Kayak Safari priced at just 10 euros each, is suitable for all, from novice to seasoned kayaker. The Kayak Safari was the highlight of the holiday for me personally and popular, I recommend booking on the day you arrive at the resort if possible to avoid disappointment. Paddling out and around the mainland that you can into a sheltered cove, the pace is enjoyable and there's time to enjoy the view.
Once at the cove the group moors to the safety boat, that follows at all times there's the opportunity to jump into the crystal clear water to snorkel. If you aren't feeling brave enough to venture into the water you can kayak off to explore within a reasonable distance of the group. On the return kayak the group stops at a local cafe on the water's edge. I recommend the milkshakes and hear the gin & tonic is reasonably priced and poured with 50/50 measures.
For children there's plenty of watersport opportunities to seize (see the bottom of this post for more details). Above you can see my daughter Kitty and her holiday friends that she made at kids club enjoying sailing, part of the activity program at Mark Warner, Levante. They sailed a significant distance out to sea (I shot these on a large zoom lens). Each child wears a buoyancy jacket, boats are moored together and the children have the opportunity to be daring, standing up, walking across the boats and jumping into the sea. My son Ozzy jumped into the sea and has not stopped talking about it since, such an adventure!
When you book your child into Mark Warner Childcare there is no sense of guilt, the opportunities that they have and the activities they do are enviable - even for a grown up.
For families and individuals who aren't keen on water-sports, the 'Crazy Sofa' offers a fun filled adrenaline rush. A small boat takes you a little way out to sea where you climb aboard the inflatable sofa. There are plenty of hand holds to keep you out of the water and the staff, who both sit in the boat that tows, are reassuring, one driving and one sitting back facing you on the sofa to check on you at all times.The water-sports staff give very clear instructions, hand signals if you want to go slower or indeed faster.
We went on this as a family on a slightly choopy afternoon, it was bumpy, fast and so much fun. The children, age 6 & 7, roared with laughter the whole time. Recommended by me as an activity that will make the whole family happy and scream with laughter. You do get sprayed with salty sea water as it splashes up so my tips would be: Wear something you don't mind getting wet and salty & consider waterproof closed toe shoes for comfort as the waters edge has little pebbles.