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Singapore Mermaid School

Where to go for for outdoor water activities in Singapore

It’s hot out – when is it not? Seek refuge from the heat with one of these aquatic pursuits

Delfina Utomo
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Megan Sim
Delfina Utomo

From enthralling encounters with marine life to adrenaline-raising sea sports, there are plenty of water activities in Singapore to float your boat. Even if you’re a landlubber worried about being thrown into the deep end, fret not. Most of these expeditions are complemented by an introductory course so you won’t be hung out to dry.

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Swim team

Swim team

Disciplined and no-nonsense, you like to start the day doing a few laps in the pool. The OCBC Aquatic Centre is huge and peaceful enough for you to swim in peace – and for cheap if you have an Active SG membership. 

If you just want to have fun, Singapore has a selection of watrparks. Head down to 
Splash-N-Surf, a waterpark with a one-metre-deep lazy river and half-pipe ride to show off your moves, Wild Wild Wet for the best water rides in town or Adventure Cove for a change to also splash around with fish. 

Float on

Float on

It isn't always about yacht parties and getting boozy, you can also learn to overcome the seas in your own dingy or boat. Learn the basics of sailing at the Singapore Sailing Centre or NSRCC Sea Sports Centre to pick this one-man sport. 

Ever wondered what it feels like to walk on water? Stand up paddle boarding is arguably as close as you can get to it. Put your core to the test at Stand Up Paddling School as you engage in this low-impact sport – a unique cross between canoeing and surfing.

Floating yoga
Up for more of a challenge? Attempt to do yoga with Skyline Aqua. It conducts a 30-minute Vinyasa yoga session on floating AquaBase mats in an Olympic-sized pool.

Dragon boat and kayaking
If rowing is more your speed then go dragon boating with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association or kayaking at Paddle Lodge.

Under the sea

Under the sea

Forget the Maldives and go snorkelling at Adventure Cove Waterpark. Encounter a diverse range of marine life – there are over 100 species like the blueface angelfish and clown triggerfish housed within its man-made Rainbow Reef.

Transform into a sea creature instead of just swimming next to one at the Singapore Mermaid School. Mermaiding requires considerable muscle coordination and stamina, blurring the lines between fantasy and fitness in the most glamorous way.

Spills and thrills

Spills and thrills

Live out your superhero dreams and defy gravity by flyboarding at Ola Beach Club. Thanks to a water-controlled jetpack, you’re thrust 30 feet above water as you attempt to hover or come crashing down.

Cable skiing
Trying this one at the Singapore Wake Park is perhaps easier. The skier’s rope is pulled by electrically driven overhead cable and the level of difficulty varies across the park.

Those looking for more ways to crash and burn should try flowriding at Wave House Sentosa. Choose between The Flowbarrel – a curling and barrelling sheet wave – or The Double Flowrider – a thin, fast-moving sheet of water. If you rather a more passive adventure, there’s windsurfing at Constant Wind.

Splish splash!

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