(Water sports on the Sea of Galilee)
Due to the extremely hot weather and the frequency of beaches and pools, water sports in Israel are very popular. The summer culture revolves in some way around water at most times. People are able to bond through swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, boating, diving, etc. Over 50% of the country is said to swim at least several times a year. Israel alone has the highest number of qualified divers based on the amount of people in the country. There is a pool on every kibbutz in Israel as well. Being in the water in the summertime is an activity for most individuals. It is a major part of the atmosphere of Israel. At the professional level Israel has made great impacts in the Olympics and World Championships in swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking.
Israel has four bodies of water, the Mediterranean sea, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea and Lake Kinneret. These are many attractions for tourists who come to the country. Being at any of the four can help a person acquaint to the culture of Israel. There is so much that can be learned from being on an Israeli beach, watching how people interact and behave. Water sports are at the core of Israeli culture for the main reason that it is a pass time for most all citizens of the country.
Other Sports in Israel
(Shahar Peer, an Israeli tennis star)
Other popular sports in Israel are:
Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Handball, Beach Volleyball, Judo, Boxing, Shooting, Fencing, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Ice Skating, Triathlon, Parachuting, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Golf, and Softball.
Each sport involves some aspect of the community as well as Jewish team values and good health. They have all achieved some form of professional accomplishment. The fact that Israel is such a small nation, making such a big impact over the world in so many diverse sports speaks a lot about them. It's incredible to say the least.