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As the weather heats up, it's time to get your beach and garden gear in order for the summer months. Here's some of the best equipment around to keep you active, so you can enjoy the water, the garden and the sun.
Inflatable paddle boards
Whether you're close to the sea, a lake, or river, a standup paddle board is a great way to have some fun in the water. It will keep you active, build your core, and give you a good cardio workout if you're going quickly enough.
Try the SeaCliff 10ft Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board, $359. It's super stable, making it great for beginners, and also comes with a telescopic paddle, pressure pump, repair kit and rugged carry bag. The Tahwalhi 10'6"Palm Beach Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board is $499.99, or $299 for club members at BCF. It has a double layer PVC deck, and a deck grip to help you remain stable while you're paddling. It also comes with a carry bag, leg rope, paddle, and pump.
Swimming and paddling pools
There's no better way to keep cool in the garden than an inflatable paddling pool or swimming pool. Great for kids of all ages, they're fun, and you can fit them in small backyards too.
The Intex Paradise Swim Centre Inflatable Swimming Pool, $49, has thick side walls for comfort, which also stop water spilling out of the top, and comes in a figure of 8 design. If you're looking for something for smaller children, the Bestway Inflatable Kids Pool Canopy Play Pool, $44.95, has a removable sunshade to protect little ones from the sun. It's easy to fill and empty, and also comes with a repair patch incase of puncture.
If space is no object, then push the boat out with this Bestway Inflatable Water Park, $379.99. This UV resistant portable water park includes a play pool, a sprinkler, a crawl-through tunnel with sprayer, and a built in water dispenser to keep the slide slippery. Hours of fun for everyone.
Swing sets and play sets
Show us a child who doesn't love a swing. As playgrounds across many states are closed, keep kids occupied in the garden with their own swing and play sets.
The Lifespan Kids Hurley Metal 2-Swing Set, $169, has two swing seats, and a two-seat glider. It has adjustable seat heights, meets European Safety Standards, and is sturdy and stable. If you're tight on space, or looking for an indoor option, the Best Kids swing, $149, is a wooden disc, attached to a natural hemp rope. Suitable for indoor and outdoor play, it's made from sustainably sourced, FSC certified Finnish birch plywood.
Orange Outdoor Play Equipment's 2-in-1 Single Swing and Toddler Swing, $103.99, is a great, straightforward option. It comes with a toddler swing attachment that you can remove to have a normal seat, a sturdy plastic moulded seat, and an A-frame crossbar. Never put swings over hard surfaces.
If you're on the beach, in the park, or even in your own garden, you need a sunshade when the weather heats up.
The Wanderer Tropical Blue Beach Shelter, $89.99, is an easy to set up beach gazebo which has UV50+ sun protection. It has a sand pocket to increase stability and a floor which doubles up as a side wall for privacy or additional shade. There's a bag for easy transportation too.
The Komodo Beach Cabana Shelter UV50, $59.99, is big enough to comfortably shelter two adults and two children. It has eight internal storage products, and can be set up quickly too. Komodo also have a UV50 Pop Up Beach Shelter, $79.99. Made from a reflective polyester fabric and ventilated mesh, it rebounds the sun’s rays to help alleviate the heat. There are built-in sandbags for extra stability, and it's compact, lightweight and easy to store.
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