An escape to the waters is certainly the best way to cool off from the scorching Singapore sun. However, relaxing at the same old swimming pools and beaches can get boring after a while. If you’re itching for a change of scenery, try some other water sports instead! From dragon boating to the jet packing, here are some fun and exhilarating water sports to try out in Singapore!
Skateboarders, here’s your chance to take your tricks to the water! Known as a cross between skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding, wakeboarding is a water sport that’s making waves in Singapore. Although in wakeboarding, you don’t have to worry about waiting for the waves as you’ll be towed by a motorboat or cable ski — just focus on maintaining your balance and trying to execute mid-air jump tricks! If you’re keen on trying out this water sport, Ryders Singapore offers personalised coaching and state-of-the-art equipment at affordable prices.
Address: Marina Country Club, 11 Northshore Drive, S(828670)
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 7pm
2. Scuba Diving
Ever dreamt of exploring the vast underwater world? Scuba diving offers you that chance! Although you’d first need to undergo a diving course before embarking on a dive trip, diving is incredibly rewarding. It has always been a very popular water sport in Singapore, and it’s easy to see why.
Get your diving certification with Gill Divers, one of the many SSI-recognised dive schools in Singapore. Undecided about signing up for a diving course? Start with their Try Scuba Diving course, a short pool session that introduces you to the basics of diving.
Address: 37 Hongkong Street, S(059676)
Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat – Sun: 11am – 7pm
Diving is an incredible experience but it’s certainly not as accessible as snorkelling, which also offers you the chance to observe the diversity of marine life! Easily enjoyable by everyone (including non-swimmers!) all you need for a successful snorkelling trip is a snorkelling mask and a pair of snorkelling fins!
Once confident, make a trip to Singapore’s nearby islands to put your skills to practice. Need transport to your snorkel spot? GS Diving offers an affordable boat charter service as well as diving courses if you want to get a closer look at the marine life!
Address: 91 Tanglin Halt Road, S(142091)
Opening Hours: Call 9800 0539 to enquire
Can’t decide between sailing and surfing? Windsurfing might be the perfect choice for you then. Unlike surfing, the board you ride on is powered by the wind — which means you can enjoy this water sport on Singapore’s waters, as long as there’s decent wind!
Those keen on windsurfing can sign up for a basics course with Constant Wind over the span of four lessons.
Address: 11 Changi Coast Walk, S(499740)
Opening Hours: Daily, 10.30am – 7pm
5. Stand-up Paddleboarding
A more leisure — but no less fun — alternative to surfing is stand-up paddleboarding. Like surfing, you’d need good balance to stand on the paddleboard, although you’d have a paddle to propel yourself through the water. Fitness fanatics would also be glad to know that it’s also one of the most complete full-body workouts out there, particularly working your arms and core muscles.
As a water sport that is gaining ground in Singapore, a growing number of recreation centers offer this activity. Beginners can try classes at Stand-Up Paddling School, one of the only dedicated SUP instructors in Singapore. You can even graduate to their paddle board yoga once you’ve gotten the hang of stand-up paddling!
Address: Tanjong Beach, Sentosa
Opening Hours: Call 9638 5565 to enquire
Regardless of whether you want to beat the heat or relive your Outward Bound days, kayaking is never a bad choice! Besides providing a good workout — your upper body and abs will definitely feel it the next day — kayaking is also a great activity to do with friends. It’s definitely not one of the most popular water sports in Singapore without good reason!
Want to paddle with a view? Head on to PAssion WaVe at Marina Bay where you can rent a two or four-seater boat and paddle against the stunning backdrop of the city’s skyline. Apart from kayaking, the community centre also rents out equipment for a myriad of other water activities like.
Address: 11 Rhu Cross, S(437440)
Tues – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm
7. Dragon boating
Dragon boating provides an intense full-body workout. Although being fit is almost a prerequisite, teamwork is crucial to excel in this sport as well! Learn to work in sync with the rest of your boat mates — you’ll find that you won’t go far if the rest of your team isn’t working together. It’s a good activity to consider for your next office team-building session!
If you’re looking for an introduction to this ancient sport, check out Dragon Boat Innovate. They offer a basic 2.5-hour course that’ll definitely strengthen your bonds and get your adrenaline rushing!
Address: 81 Ubi Avenue 4, S(408830)
Opening Hours: Call 9772 1834 to enquire
8. Jet Packing
Had enough of the water? Take to the skies with jet packing! All you have to do is strap on your jet pack, a 10kg water-propulsion device that can send you to a height of 9 metres into the air!
Ola Beach Club in Sentosa offers you the chance to try this thrilling water sport in Singapore. Certified instructors will be on hand to guide you through the basics of manoeuvring your jetpack. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can even attempt incredible aerial stunts in the air — after all, the sky’s the limit!
Address: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, S(099005)
Sun – Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 12am
Sailing aficionados believe that sailing us more than just a sport and it’s not hard to see why. As both a racing sport and a leisure activity, sailing offers hours of enjoyment and benefits. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you race with the wind or be one with nature as you relax atop your sailboat while drifting across the waters.
Thanks to the plethora of sailing courses offered at the Singapore Sailing Federation, this water sport can be enjoyed by your little ones, too! From basic courses to more advanced race-centric courses, you’ll definitely be able to get your sea legs here.
Address: National Sailing Centre, 1500 East Coast Parkway, S(468963)
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm
Mermaids aren’t the stuff of legends and fairy tales anymore. Live your dreams of being a mermaid at the Singapore Mermaid School! Learn to swim, breathe and act like a mermaid — you’ll even learn about mermaid lore in class!
Don’t underestimate the workout mermaiding gives — it requires some pretty intense core and legwork, similar to some of the more common water sports in Singapore! Besides a full body workout, mermaiding classes also places a strong emphasis on team-bonding and body positivity, providing a unique and wholesome experience that amounts to more than just frolicking in the water.
Location and lesson times vary, email to enquire at email@example.com.
Enjoy some wild, wild wet fun!
Just because we’re a tiny tropical island doesn’t mean that there’s a shortage of activities to enjoy. Besides water sports, Singapore also offers a myriad of other fun activities — unleash the inner monkey in you at these climbing gyms, immerse yourself in nature at these hiking trails or bring your kids for a romp at the best outdoor playgrounds!