Summer is just about here, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere anyway, and with that comes all of the fun associated. Beaching, partying, graduations, late nights, summer break, scuba, jet skiing, and everything else that doesn’t happen in the colder months. Grills are starting up, beaches are getting their beauties, and long summer nights that are the theme of existence for many are upon us.
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 “best of the best” in any given category of summer fun. 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 descrip-tion, 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.
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 infor-mation 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.
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.
This article is by International Travel Journalist Todd Allen Williams. Follow his work on Medium.