If the weather’s been too hot for you to handle recently, you’re not alone.
Thankfully, there are endless ways to cool down in Singapore, but if you crave more exciting alternatives than swimming at pools or splashing around at beaches and water parks, maybe picking up a water sport or two will be the perfect way to beat the heat.
With her calm waters and easy accessibility, Singapore’s one of the best places for beginners to learn the basics of water sports like kayaking and sailing. If you crave speed, there’s always wake boarding and windsurfing, both of which are guaranteed to keep you on your toes as you take in the warm sunshine and cool ocean breeze. If you’re curious about the latest craze that is stand-up paddle boarding, there are also establishments here that’ll oblige you the calorie-blasting activity.
Here’s where you can wet and wild with water sports in Singapore.
Suitable for both beginners and experienced riders seeking an adrenaline fix, this cable-ski park is built in a lagoon at East Coast Park to bring you through the paces of wakesurfing, and is a safe environment to start at if you’re keen on picking it up. Three cable systems are available here — one full-sized cable system for veteran wakeboarder (System C) and another two straight-line ones for novices and children (System A and B) — so you can learn at your own pace without feeling intimidated.
MacRitchie isn’t just good for a trek; the famous reserve’s calm, expansive waters also make it a fun spot for kayaking. Paddle Lodge — run by the Singapore Canoe Federation — offers single or double sit-on-top kayaks that can be used in the ‘novice zone’, although experienced paddlers can opt for the more challenging competition lanes at the centre of the reservoir with closed-deck and sprint kayaks. Paddlers will have to carry their own kayaks from the establishment’s storage room to the waters and back, so expect a little workout right before the real adventure begins.
Apart from being a beach paradise, the beach club is also known to offer water sports for those looking to cool down with a side of adrenaline. Besides single and double kayaking, you’ll also get to try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, a calorie-burning workout that looks deceptively easy. Finish off your aquatic adventures with either a banana boat or donut ride, where you and your friends and family can soak up the ocean breeze in the most exhilarating way possible.
Tired of experiencing Marina Bay from sky-high bars and restaurants? Marina Bay Sailing is a programme organised by the Singapore Sailing Federation and DBS to make sailing accessible for everyone, right in the heart of the city. Here, two keelboat sizes are available depending on the size of your party, with professional skippers onboard to bring you through the basics while involving you in tasks like raising the jib. It’s light work but you’ll see the city in a new light and return with a newfound appreciation of sailing.
Fans of surfing will know just how hard it is to catch a decent wave in local waters. Thankfully, Splash-N-Surf — located at the water park on the roof of Kallang Wave Mall — will let you live out your wildest half pipe dreams with the Stingray, an artificial wave pool that you can also bodyboard and skimboard in. The hourly sessions are also suitable for beginners, and instructors will take you through a dry run of practice movements before heading to the wave pool. Expect a full-body workout with this one, as you’ll be needing every last muscle to maintain your balance against the forces of the gushing water.
The Water Sports Centre wasn’t designed to only cater to elite athlete training. Located along the Kallang Basin, the establishment is also a great place for rookies looking to try their hands at paddling, with kayaks and canoes that will take them through all the sights along the river, including the adorable family of otters that often make appearances there. New water sports enthusiasts can always opt for the Kayak Orientation Programme, where certified instructors will bring them through all the basics.
From S$12/pax for kayak and canoe rental
Operated by Constant Wind Sea Sports and Sailing School, the centre offers courses for water sports, including windsurfing and sailing. If you’ve always wanted to sail and surf but only have time for one, windsurfing’s your best bet here. Otherwise, basic laser sailing courses and stand up paddling courses are also available.