According to the “Sports Medicine Weekly podcast With Dr. Brian Cole,” there are many mental health benefits that come from boating.

A relaxing setting

Boating is a relaxing activity that allows you to escape the everyday stress.  Research shows that people living by the shoreline of the ocean, river, or lake are actually up to 22% less likely to experience the effects of both anxiety and depression in their lives when compared to those who live inland, according to one report by the Exeter Medical School in the UK.  The mere sight and sound of water can promote wellness by lowering cortisol, a stress hormone, while increasing feel-good hormones like serotonin, according to Dr. Wallace Nichols.

The social benefits involved

Aside from the physical and mental health benefits from boating or sailing, another unique benefit that boating can bring is socialization.  Gathering family and friends together for an afternoon of boating can be a great way to get together and have a positive experience out on the water.

Source: Sports Medicine Weekly podcast With Dr. Brian Cole (