IELTS Speaking Topic: Part-1 近水活动 Activity Near Water

What activities would you do if you we re spending some leisure time at a beach or near the ocean?

I would promenade along the coast,write some words or draw some pictures on the sand,and,of course,take photos of the spectacular view !

B) Well, I’m a keen swimmer so I would make the most of the opportunity to swim in the ocean. I also like sunbathing, so, if it was warm and sunny, I would spend some time drying off in the sun. I tend to burn quite easily, though, so I wouldn’t spend too much time at the beach if it was hot.

Why do some people like water sports?

Because water sports,(such as surfing,kite surfing,wake boarding,scuba diving, sailing and paddling, are usually funny, exciting,challenging. With water being 800 times denser than air and the fact there is little impact on the body when moving in water, the joints will tend to last a lot longer than sports such as running. Most importantly, some individuals love being in nature.

B) I think lots of water sports can be extremely exhilarating. I love to go windsurfing when I get the chance. I’m not very good at it but it’s a fantastic feeling when the wind catches your sail and you start skimming across the surface of the water.

Do you think the government should invest money in developing facilities for water sports?

Sure. The government is obliged to care for the physical and mental health of its citizens. Many governments have already invested enormous amount of money in developing public infrastructure,including water sports,which are an important component in people’s life. If,however , the government’s budget is limited , it’s a horse of another/a different color.

B) Yes, I think it’s a good way to encourage local people to participate more in water sports. In China, the government runs various water sports centres. There’s one with a huge artificial lake where you can hire boats, canoes or windsurfers. It’s extremely popular.

Do you think that human activity is posing a threat to the oceans of the world?

Yes, no doubt about it. People throw all kinds of rubbish into the ocean all around the world. Apart from that, over-fishing and oil leakage also pose a serious threat to the oceanic ecosystem.

B)Yes. Unfortunately, I think this is undeniable. Oil spills, toxic waste and all kinds of rubbish and plastic have contributed to the pollution of the oceans. Perhaps people assumed that because the oceans are so vast, the effects of pollution would be minimal but it is clear that this is not the case.

What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of travelling on the ocean?

I think the disadvantages of travelling by sea far exceed its advantages. And the biggest disadvantage of sea-travelling is that it is really dangerous, because the safety of sea-travelling is subject to the meteorological conditions on the sea. Think about Titanic.

B)I’m one of those people who love travelling by boat. It can be a beautifully relaxing experience when the boat rocks gently from side to side and you can hear the water lapping against the side. It can be a different story if the water is rough, though. I have a friend who was on a boat trip when the motor broke down. All the passengers were tossed around and pretty much everyone was seasick!

Do you think it’s important for children to learn how to swim?

I think it is important for children to learn some essential survival skills. And swimming is one of them.

If they are going to spend time around water, then yes, definitely. In China, however, this is not so easy because of a lack of public swimming facilities. Most public pools in China are seriously overcrowded, especially in summer. For most Chinese people, going to the public swimming pool is just a way to cool off.

B) If they are going to spend time around water, then yes, definitely. In China, however, this is not so easy because of a lack of public swimming facilities. Most public pools in China are seriously overcrowded, especially in summer. For most Chinese people, going to the public swimming pool is just a way to cool off.

Do you think it’s best for a child to be taught to swim by a parent or by someone else?

It’s really hard to say. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Maybe it’s better for the child to be taught by a professional coach.

B)That’s a good question. I think it probably depends on whether the parents are confident swimmers – and also on the relationship between the child and his parents. My Dad taught me to swim but because I always loved the water it never felt like a chore for either of us.






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