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Exciting Aquatic Sports You Can Do In Singapore

Wakeboarding | © B0rder/WikiCommons
Between Singapore‘s equatorial climate and the fact that it is an island nation, water sports are surprisingly less popular here than in places with a similar climate and geography. That being said, water sports are a great way to stay in shape, because they combine being outside with rigorous fitness activities. Whether you’re looking for something daring like freediving or something a little more relaxing, here’s our rundown of water sports that you can do around the Little Red Dot.

Wakeboarding with Ryders@Ponggol

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If cable-skiing doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry, Singapore has real wakeboarding facilities as well. Head up to Ryders@Ponggol, Singapore’s oldest wakeboarding shop, in operation since 1986 and previously known as Ponggol Sea Sports and Accessories. After merging with Ryders, they have become the largest wakeboarding operator on the island. For every run, instructors will help you with your wakeboarding form and techniques, so that you can safely enjoy getting big air jumps as part of the experience. The Ryders@Ponggol welcome any skill level, so no excuses for the newbies out there!
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Freedive with Singapore Freedivers

If you’re feeling very adventurous about your water sports, Singapore Freedivers has been teaching people how to free dive since 2012. Freediving is a more pure form of ocean exploration than scuba diving, because the diver is not separated from the experience by a mask, and it removes distractions such as a breathing apparatus and oxygen tank. Obviously, in order to do this safely requires training in not just swimming techniques, but breathing techniques and the mechanics of holding one’s breath. The Singapore Freedivers offer beginner courses in Pure Apnea, which teach these breathing techniques in the safety of a swimming pool. This course must be completed, including a two-minute static breath hold and other physical tests, before participants can begin the beginner freediving courses.

Canoeing and Kayaking

If you’re looking to spend a relaxing afternoon on the water, there are many places in Singapore that you can rent canoes, kayaks – even paddleboats! – for very reasonable hourly rates. One of our favourites is MacRitchie Park, which is central enough to be easy to get to, yet because it is part of the reservoir, it feels like you’re outside the city. Alternatively, a beautiful place for canoeing is at the Sports Hub at Kallang Wave, where you’ll be able to enjoy Singapore’s spectacular skyline from a completely new vantage point.

MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore © _paVan_