Friends You Haven’t Met: Try an uncommon sport

24 Dec

Don't worry, speedos aren't mandatory. © Hu Totya at Creative Commons

I’ve already gone over popular sports in DC—kickball and ultimate Frisbee—but there are plenty of other options. And while uncommon sports might not have as many people who participate, those that do tend to be really close-knit. Here are a few suggestions:

Flying Trapeze: It’s not cheap, but it is fun. When I took a one-time beginner class a couple years ago the closest location was outside by the Baltimore Inner Harbor, but since then the Trapeze School has opened a location (inside) near the Navy Yard Metro (Green Line). And that’s not all! They offer other classes too: Silks & Rope, Static Trapeze & Lyra, Trampoline, Acrobatics, Juggling and even Jestering.

Underwater hockey: DC has its own underwater hockey team: the Beltway Bottom Feeders. The team practices in Northern Virginia at several different pools. The other players welcome newcomers and are very friendly.  It is played on the bottom of a 6-8 feet swimming pool by two teams of six who use snorkels, fins and short sticks.

Parkour: The surest way to feel like a badass is to try Parkour. If you don’t already know what it is, I suggest YouTubeing it because it’s too hard to describe. Primal Fitness in DC offers Parkour classes at its facility near the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metro station (Red Line). They also offer Crossfit classes.

Whitewater kayaking: The Potomac is one of the best places to learn whitewater kayaking. But, you say, it’s wintertime! Why would I want to start whitewater kayaking now? For whitewater kayaking to be any fun, you really need to know how to roll the kayak. So I suggest taking pool rolling classes with Valley Mill Kayak School in the winter, so when spring rolls around you’ll be ready to roll (hahaha, get it?). Sessions are Saturday evenings at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center (not easily Metro accessible).

One Response to “Friends You Haven’t Met: Try an uncommon sport”

  1. Janette December 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    I have never heard of any of these- what fun!!! My goal is to try at least one of these during the 2011 year! I am leaning towards the flying trapeze and/or underwater hockey…

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