A smooth surface, whitecapped waves or a quiet excursion under water. No matter what your favourite water vision looks like, Gothenburg and the surrounding areas offer great possibilities for activities in, on and under water.
With the ocean always present and a natural part of the city, and all the inviting guest harbours in the archipelago, no wonder sailing is kind of a big thing here. There are several options for boat rentals, going for a cruise on your own or with a skipper. You'll find some of the operators in the area here: Sailing in Gothenburg.
Wind and kite surfing are also popular sports, and Askimsviken, Björlanda and Arendal are a few of the local spots appreciated among the surfer community. In the user generated Spot guide you’ll find many more tips. Want to rent equipment or take a course? Kitekalle in Frillesås, about 45 minutes south of Gothenburg by car, and Surfcenter in Askim are two options.
Canoe and kayak
Canoeing or kayaking is an amazing way of exploring the archipelago, the canals and the lakes. Thera are several operators in the area and you’ll find a few of them here: Canoe & Kayak. There you’ll also find tips about SUP and SUP Yoga.
Below the surface
For those who want to explore the underwater world, there are great opportunities for both scuba diving and snorkeling in and around Gothenburg. Äventyr och Tång on the island Hönö offer "discover scuba" dives and if you want to get certified Flying Divers, Oxygene Diving and Scuba Divers are all great options. If you prefer snorkelling, don’t miss the snorkelling trails. Read more about them here (scroll down a bit).
Up for more water adventures? Within daytrip distance from the city centre you’ll find several action-packed alternatives- For exeample, you can rent water scooters and fly boards at Aquaevent in Stenungsund, go wakeboarding at Sävelången Wake Club at Nääs Fabriker, Lagunen Cable Park outside Landvetter, or water-ski at Göteborgs Vattenskidklubb (Gothenburg’s water skiing club), also in the vicinity of Landvetter.