Have you ever really watched your kids splashing about in a pool, filling buckets up in the ocean surf, or foraging knee-deep in a creek? You'll see curiosity, serenity, joy — the near-universal responses to spending time on or near the water. We've always been drawn to the water, and studies show that when we’re near it — or even just viewing pictures of it — our blood pressure drops, our heart rate slows, and we report higher levels of life satisfaction. It settles the mind, eases communication, and connects us to the natural world. This is why for our second annual Outside Issue, Fatherly is diving right on in — celebrating shores and waterways, swimming and fishing, and giving our kids and ourselves just a splash of serenity.
How Commercial Fisherman Corey Arnold Got Hooked On Fishing
And how he hopes to pass down that passion to his kids.
Olympian Cullen Jones Thinks There’s A Better Way To Teach Kids To Swim
Millions of kids in American can’t swim at all. 4-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones has a plan.
The Icelandic Art Of Swim Lessons
Iceland is the only place in the world with universal swim literacy. Here’s their secret.
The Sunny Dreams And Sandy Realities Of The Great American Beach Vacation
From the Oregon coast to Atlantic City, the great beach destinations have a story to tell about leisure time, equality, and the shared American experience.
The One That Got Away
A dad tries to rekindle a family’s father-son fishing tradition — but his son fails to take the bait.