6 water sport activities in Singapore perfect for beating the heat besides kayaking and dragon boating


What’s the first word that comes to mind when someone asks you about Singapore’s weather? If your answer is ‘hot’, I absolutely agree. In our tropical climate where it’s hot and humid most of the time, it’s difficult not to feel sticky and grimy after a good workout— but that’s not an excuse to stay sedentary.

To help you beat the heat while still staying active, here are six water sport activities in Singapore to help you get those calories burning and endorphins flowing.

1. Wakeboarding

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Wakeboarding is like surfing but your feet are strapped onto a short surfboard while you’re being pulled by a speedboat. This water sport activity will help you strengthen your core as it requires strength to control and balance the board. It’s basically an intense full body workout, but feeling the breeze against your face and getting splashed by cool water instead of sweating through your shirt? Worth it. Challenge yourself at Singapore Wake Park, where beginners and experts alike can ride their hearts out on the cable-ski lagoon. There’s also a cafe and bar in the establishment, where you can refuel yourselves after a long day of water adventure.

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???? 10am–9pm (Weekdays), 9am–8pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
???? From S$50 onwards

2. Pedal Boating

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Pedal boating is a leisurely water sport activity for those who just want to test the waters before jumping into anything too intense. Imagine riding a bike with someone, but on the water. It’s perfect for having heart to heart conversations and enjoying the lovely waterfront views— all while still keeping your body moving. The Singapore Discovery Centre is an excellent place to pedal boat, with many other attractions and exhibitions nearby to visit as well.

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???? 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365
???? 12pm–7pm (Weekdays), 11am–8pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
???? From S$5 onwards for a two-seater pedal boat

3. Jet Skiing

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Jet skis are often seen in action movies like Waterworld and Tomb Raider, which has led me to think that it is the perfect water sport activity for looking cool and beating the heat. Jet skiing is essentially riding a motorcycle with no wheels— and on water. It could be relatively easy to pick up as compared to some of the other extreme sports on this list but it does require a licence and proper course. It is driving after all. Kind of. To ride or rent a jet ski in Singapore, you have to first obtain a Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL) which you can learn more about from Sea-Doo, as well as finish their Confidence Course.

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???? 9am–6pm (Daily)
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4. Sailing

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Sailing, like pedal boating, is one of the more leisurely water sport activities you can do in Singapore. It’s relatively easy to pick up, and you can sign up for introductory sailing classes with the Changi Sailing Club in Singapore over the course of four days. You can begin booking courses from June and start taking them from September et voilà, you’ll have a sailing certificate by the end of the four days. Do remember though, it is still important to follow given instructions and err on the side of caution when it comes to safety protocols.

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???? 9.30am–10pm (Daily)
???? From S$395.90 onwards for non-club members

5. Surfing

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Like other similar water sports, surfing requires a significant amount of strength and endurance as you need to balance on and control the surfboard while riding waves. Still, it’s a small price to pay to become the surfer boy or girl of your dreams. At Singapore Sports Hub, you can use their half-pipe surfing facility to learn the ropes of surfing in a safe environment.

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???? 8am–10pm (Daily)
???? S$30/h (8am–6pm), S$35/h ( 6pm–10pm) (Weekdays) / S$35/h (8am–10pm) (Weekends)

6. Windsurfing

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Have you seen people standing on what looks like a surfboard at the beach, with a large sail attached to it? That’s windsurfing. It’s basically a combination of sailing and surfing and like wakeboarding, requires a significant amount of body strength. If you have prior surfing or sailing experience, windsurfing will probably be much easier to pick up. Overall, it’s a great sport to pick up if you’re looking for a new hobby to pick up and you’re up for a challenge. For beginners, you can sign up for windsurfing courses at Aloha Sea Sports, where you can also rent windsurfing gear when you’ve become a seasoned windsurfer.

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???? 1212 ECP, E2 Area E Carpark, Singapore 449886
???? 10am–6pm (Weekdays), 9am–6pm (Sat, Sun&PH)
???? From S$200 for 2 pax onwards

Ready to hit the waters? Remember to stay safe, wear your life jackets, follow all safety instructions and have fun while you’re engaging in these water sport activities.

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