lifeguard n.an expert swimmer employed to rescue people who get into difficulty in a swimming pool or at the beach
During the summer she worked as a lifeguard.
boating n.the activity of travelling on the water in a boat for pleasure
We decided to go boating.
diving n.the sport or activity of swimming or exploring underwater
He hesitated before diving into the icy water.
scuba diving n.the sport or pastime of swimming underwater using scuba gear
I first got hooked on scuba diving when I was twelve.
swimming n.the sport or activity of propelling oneself through water using the limbs
The doctor recommended swimming as the best all-round exercise.
kayaking n.the activity of travelling in a kayak
Everyone wears a life jacket while kayaking.
waterskiing n.a sport in which you are pulled along the surface of the water by a boat while balancing on a pair of skis
He offered to teach them water-skiing.
wakeboarding n.a sport in which you are pulled along the surface of the water by a boat while doing jumps and turns on a board
On offer at this little slice of heaven is water-skiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding.
surfing n.the sport of riding on a wave on a special board
Popular water sports include swimming, surfing and water-skiing.
water polo n.a game played in water in which two teams of swimmers try to get the ball into the other team's goal
They first went to the swimming pool to have a swim around and play a match of water polo.
combination n.the mixture you get when two or more things are combined
This drug can be safely used in combination with other medicines.
aquaphobia n.an abnormal fear of water, esp because of the possibility of drowning
You may have aquaphobia if you find that any source of water causes you an excessive amount of anxiety.
drown v.to (cause to) die by being unable to breathe underwater
He drowned in a boating accident.
struggle v.to experience difficulty and make a very great effort in order to do something
I've been struggling to understand this article all afternoon.
athletic a.relating to athletes or athletics
This college has a long tradition of athletic excellence.
recreational a.connected with ways of enjoying yourself when you are not working
They provide recreational opportunities for all age groups.
keep fit v.to keep in the good physical condition
Our English teacher goes to keep-fit classes and does exercises every other day.
traumatize v.to shock and upset someone severely and for a long time
She was completely traumatized by the death of her mother.
coral n.a substance like rock, formed in the sea by groups of particular types of small animal, often used in jewellery
She was wearing a coral necklace.
coral reef n.a ridge of rock in the sea formed by the growth and deposit of coral
The small island is enclosed in the middle of the coral reef.
attract v.to pull or draw someone or something towards them, by the qualities they have, especially good ones
These flowers are brightly coloured in order to attract butterflies.
fascinated a.extremely interested
They were absolutely fascinated by the game.
entrance v.to hold the complete interest and attention of someone
As soon as I met Peter, he entranced me because he has a lovely voice.
magnificent a.very good, beautiful, or deserving to be admired
The view from the top of the mountain is magnificent.
aquatic a.sports played in or on water
The athletes will be competing in aquatics and athletics.
assume v.suppose to be the case, without proof
If you haven't heard by Friday, assume I'm not coming.
curriculum n.the subjects studied in a school, college
She demanded to see the school's curriculum.
relax v.make or become less tense or anxious
He relaxed and smiled confidently.
stress n.great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something that causes this condition
People under a lot of stress may experience headaches, minor pains, and sleeping difficulties.
various a.many different
He's been suffering various aches and pains for years.
novice n.a person who is not experienced in a job or situation
I've never driven a car before - I'm a complete novice.
retreat v.to go to a quiet safe place in order to avoid a difficult situation
When he's done something wrong, he retreats to his bedroom.
participate v.to take part in or become involved in an activity
She never participates in any of our discussions, does she?
emotionally adv.in a way that relates to a person's emotions
The coach appeared emotionally drained after yesterday’s loss.
cycling n.the sport or activity of riding a bicycle
She's good at cycling.
entire a.with no part left out; whole
My plans are to travel the entire world.
crazy a.stupid or not reasonable
It's a crazy idea.
enhance v.to improve the quality, amount, or strength of something
It's things like this that enhance the quality of life.
soccer n.a game played between two teams of eleven people, where each team tries to win by kicking a ball into the other team's goal
Did you play soccer at school?
tournament n.a competition involving many competitors in a single sport or game
They were defeated in the first round of the tournament.
compete v.to take part in a race or competition
The two athletes are competing for the gold medal.
sporty a.refers to a person who enjoys sports
You’re looking very sporty in your new jacket.
opponent n.a person who someone is competing against in a sports event; rival
In the second game, her opponent hurt her leg and had to retire.
beat v.defeat; to lose
Our team was easily beaten in the first round of the competition.
self-discipline n.the ability to make yourself do things you know you should do even when you do not want to
You need a lot of self-discipline when you're doing research work on your own.