18 - Water Activities

2011 Compendium categories in blue are activities with MET values supported in published literature.
2011 Compendium categories in red are estimated MET values.

*References can be downloaded from the references page.

1993 Compendium 2000 Compendium 2011 Compendium Water Activities
Codes METs Codes METs Codes METs Description
18010 2.5 18010 2.5 18010 2.5 boating, power, driving
        18012
1.3
boating, power, passenger, light
18020 4.0 18020 4.0 18020 4.0 canoeing, on camping trip (Taylor Code 270)


18025 3.3 18025 3.3 canoeing, harvesting wild rice, knocking rice off the stalks
18030 7.0 18030 7.0 18030 7.0 canoeing, portaging
18040 3.0 18040 3.0 18040 2.8 canoeing, rowing, 2.0-3.9 mph, light effort
18050 7.0 18050 7.0 18050 5.8 canoeing, rowing, 4.0-5.9 mph, moderate effort
18060 12.0 18060 12.0 18060 12.5 canoeing, rowing, kayaking, competition, >6 mph, vigorous effort
18070 3.5 18070 3.5 18070 3.5 canoeing, rowing, for pleasure, general (Taylor Code 250)
18080 12.0 18080 12.0 18080 12.0 canoeing, rowing, in competition, or crew or sculling (Taylor Code 260)
18090 3.0 18090 3.0 18090 3.0 diving, springboard or platform
18100 5.0 18100 5.0 18100 5.0 kayaking, moderate effort
18110 4.0 18110 4.0 18110 4.0 paddle boat
18120 3.0 18120 3.0 18120 3.0 sailing, boat and board sailing, windsurfing, ice sailing, general (Taylor Code 235)
18130 5.0 18130 5.0 18130 4.5 sailing, in competition
18140 3.0 18140 3.0 18140 3.3 sailing, Sunfish/Laser/Hobby Cat, Keel boats, ocean sailing, yachting, leisure
18150 6.0 18150 6.0 18150 6.0 skiing, water or wakeboarding (Taylor Code 220)
18160 7.0 18160 7.0 18160 7.0 jet skiing, driving, in water
18170 12.0



skindiving or scuba diving as frogman (Retired code)
18180 16.0 18180 16.0 18180 15.8 skindiving, fast
18190 12.5 18190 12.5 18190 11.8
skindiving, moderate
18200 7.0 18200 7.0 18200 7.0 skindiving, scuba diving, general (Taylor Code 310)
18210 5.0 18210 5.0 18210 5.0 snorkeling (Taylor Code 310)
18220 3.0 18220 3.0 18220 3.0 surfing, body or board, general
        18222
5.0
surfing, body or board, competitive
        18225
6.0
paddle boarding, standing
18230 10.0 18230 10.0 18230 9.8 swimming laps, freestyle, fast, vigorous effort
18240 8.0 18240 7.0 18240 5.8 swimming laps, freestyle, front crawl, slow, light or moderate effort
18250 8.0 18250 7.0 18250 9.5 swimming, backstroke, general, training or competition
        18255
4.8
swimming, backstroke, recreational
18260 10.0 18260 10.0 18260 10.3 swimming, breaststroke, general, training or competition
        18265
5.3
swimming, breaststroke, recreational
18270 11.0 18270 11.0 18270 13.8 swimming, butterfly, general
18280 11.0 18280 11.0 18280 10.0 swimming, crawl, fast speed, ~75 yards/minute, vigorous effort
18290 8.0 18290 8.0 18290 8.3 swimming, crawl, medium speed, ~50 yards/minute, vigorous effort
18300 6.0 18300 6.0 18300 6.0 swimming, lake, ocean, river (Taylor Codes 280, 295)
18310 6.0 18310 6.0 18310 6.0 swimming, leisurely, not lap swimming, general
18320 8.0 18320 8.0 18320 7.0 swimming, sidestroke, general
18330 8.0 18330 8.0 18330 8.0 swimming, synchronized
18340 10.0 18340 10.0 18340 9.8 swimming, treading water, fast, vigorous effort
18350 4.0 18350 4.0 18350 3.5 swimming, treading water, moderate effort, general
        18352
2.3
tubing, floating on a river, general


18355 4.0 18355 5.5 water aerobics, water calisthenics
18360 10.0 18360 10.0 18360 10.0 water polo
18365 3.0 18365 3.0 18365 3.0 water volleyball


18366 8.0 18366 9.8 water jogging
        18367
2.5
water walking, light effort, slow pace
        18368
4.5
water walking, moderate effort, moderate pace
        18369
6.8
water walking, vigorous effort, brisk pace
18370 5.0 18370 5.0 18370 5.0 whitewater rafting, kayaking, or canoeing
        18380
5.0
windsurfing, not pumping for speed
        18385
11.0
windsurfing or kitesurfing, crossing trial
        18390
13.5
windsurfing, competition, pumping for speed