Water sports centres in Singapore
Heading to the gym or going for a jog are some of the more common ways we keep fit, but why just stick to the land activities when Singapore is surrounded by plenty of sea?
If you’re looking for something new and exciting for your weekend adrenaline fix, check out these 10 water sports centres in Singapore for something different, with sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing courses – and even all in one:
Table of Contents
- Water sports centres in Singapore
- – Kayaking –
- 1. Adventure Paddlers – Less crowded waters at Pasir Ris Beach
- 2. X’treme Kayaking – Group classes available every weekend
- 3. Kallang Water Sports Centre – Backdrop of the Singapore skyline
- 4. Singapore Sports Hub – 5-min walk from MRT
- – Sailing –
- 1. National Sailing Centre – Training centre for the national team
- 2. Changi Sailing Club – Post-course sessions available
- 3. SAF Yacht Club – Shorter courses
- – Windsurfing –
- 1. Aloha Sea Sports Centre – Windsurf at East Coast
- – Multi-courses –
- 1. Constant Wind – Pick up a variety of water sports in the East
- 2. PAssion WaVe – 6 sports centres islandwide
- Bonus: University Clubs
– Kayaking –
OBS and Primary 5 adventure camps have given many of us a taste of kayaking – most of us had a good time, others were stuck in an oar-deal.
If you’re in the former camp, hop onboard one of the 1-Star kayaking courses below to unlock more paddling opportunities.
1-Star kayaking course requirement:
- Swim 50m with a lifejacket
1. Adventure Paddlers – Less crowded waters at Pasir Ris Beach
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The waters at Pasir Ris Park are a lot less crowded than places like Kallang or Changi, making it easier for beginners to get a hang of kayaking at Adventure Paddlers.
Lessons here are conducted in groups of 5, so jio your adventurous buddies and sign up. You’ll only need 2 sessions, 6 hours each, to be a certified 1-star kayaker. Thankfully, no tests are involved to receive your qualification.
Once you’ve got your cert, put your skills to good use by signing up for their Marine Debris Cleanup (from $25/pax) to pick up trash and litter floating in the sea. The kayaking route will bring you along the east of Singapore towards Pulau Ubin and back.
2. X’treme Kayaking – Group classes available every weekend
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The more the merrier they say, so gather your friends to pick up a class at X’treme Kayaking. There are classes available every weekend as long as you have a group of 8-10 people, a great option for those who need a new team bonding activity.
No need to worry if you can’t hit those group quotas either. Individuals can still sign up at the same price of $90, although the dates available are more limited. To find out which dates are available, drop the school a call or check their website when registering. New dates are also updated on their Instagram and Facebook.
3. Kallang Water Sports Centre – Backdrop of the Singapore skyline
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Sign up for a class at the Kallang Water Sport Centre with the Singapore Canoe Federation. They’ve got courses held at the Kallang basin where you’ll be able to learn to paddle with a swell backdrop of the Singapore Flyer.
And they don’t just have 1-Star courses available – if you wish to pursue the sport further, 2- to 5-Star award courses are also listed to develop your kayaking skills further. Check course dates and their availability on their website and book yourself a slot.
4. Singapore Sports Hub – 5-min walk from MRT
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Many water sports centres tend to be in rather ulu locations, but if you’re looking for classes easily accessible via public transport, the Singapore Sports Hub’s Water Sports Centre is just a short 5-minute walk from Stadium MRT – a plus point for those who don’t drive.
Prices for adults are $80/1-Star course that lasts 7 hours with a 1-hour lunch break included, while senior citizens and students get a discounted price of $70.
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Note: Participants have to be 12 years old and above.
– Sailing –
Sailing is a sea sport that many might have heard of, but few have likely dipped their toes into. For the uninitiated, you’ll be manoeuvring a small wind-powered boat complete with large sails, almost like a mini modern-day pirate ship.
Below are a handful of options where you can get your Basic Sailing Course (BSC) certificate; to become a Jack Sparrow of the 21st century:
- Swim 50m with a lifejacket
- Participants typically have to be 14 years old and above
1. National Sailing Centre – Training centre for the national team
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The National Sailing Centre is where the Singapore National Team trains for their competitions and that’s a pretty good indicator that lessons are taken seriously around here. Their courses run from morning to evening for four days in a row, so make sure to clear your calendar for it.
Throughout the 4 days, you’ll learn about all sorts of basic sailing techniques, segmented into modules that cover both theory and practical. This includes things like how to rig a boat, tie useful knots and read the tide, wind, and current.
2. Changi Sailing Club – Post-course sessions available
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Other than offering the fundamental BSC course, Changi Sailing Club also has follow-up Adult Dinghy Saturday training sessions that you can sign up for. Practice makes perfect and this 3-hour recreational session is a great enrichment to keep you at the ropes until everything you’ve learnt during BSC becomes second nature.
After mastering a dinghy, you can also delve further into the world of sailing with their keelboat competency crew courses which will train you up for sailing larger boats.
Water sports aside, CSC is also a quaint seaside spot to spend the evening.
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3. SAF Yacht Club – Shorter courses
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Weekends are precious and if you’d like to get your certificate in a shorter period of time, opt for SAF Yacht Club’s courses which run over 3 days on the weekends instead of the usual 4.
Athletically-challenged people don’t have to worry as much here. The conditions are beginner-friendly as the sailing centre is located at the straits between Singapore and Malaysia where the waters are calm and wind is mild, making it a lot easier to control your boat.
– Windsurfing –
If “fast and furious” is your middle name, windsurfing is your game. This thrilling sport is something every adrenaline junkie needs to add to their bucket list.
1. Aloha Sea Sports Centre – Windsurf at East Coast
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Aloha Sea Sports Centre is one of the few sea sports centres that offers windsurfing courses and it’s where you can take your first step towards gliding over the waters like a pro. Take on their starter courses for absolute beginners, Taster 1.0 and Taster 2.0, before taking on the Level 1 certification course.
If you want speed, this windy centre at East Coast Park is your best option, with gusts that will take you whizzing along the water surface. Speed adrenaline without the fear of traffic police? Yes, please.
– Multi-courses –
1. Constant Wind – Pick up a variety of water sports in the East
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Situated at NSRCC in Changi, Constant Wind is a one-stop spot to pick up a wide variety of water sports like sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddling, and even kite surfing. It’s going to be hard to pick which course to start with but one thing’s for sure – weekends will no longer just be restricted to MacRitchie Reservoir or your nearest park.
2. PAssion WaVe – 6 sports centres islandwide
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Formerly known as Water-Venture, PAssion WaVe has not just one, but 6 water sport centres scattered around the island in areas like Pasir Ris, Sembawang, and Marina Bay so their courses are accessible for everyone.
With a wide variety of courses on various watersports and discounted prices for PAssion members, this is a great place to pick up new skills while still getting your weekly dose of Vitamin D. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out other PAssion card benefits.
Bonus: University Clubs
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University kids, you’re in luck. To reduce the price pinch for students, plenty of school clubs offer these water sports at a discounted price. NTU, for example, had sailing courses at $200, so make sure to check them out before you graduate.
Water sports in Singapore
Regardless of whether you’re looking for an escape from drowning in work, or something fresh and exciting for your next weekend out, sign up for one of these water sports courses for a sure-fire way to feel rejuvenated after.
With your new certs, you’ll also be able to unlock a whole realm of new activities you can do beyond our shores.
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Cover image adapted from: @sgsportshub, @artoflettinggo_____ & @alohaseasportcentre via Instagram.
Originally published on 7 Jan 2021. Last updated by Aditi Kashyap on 22nd December 2023.
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