If you thought Goa was the only place to enjoy thrilling water sports, you might want to check out these adventure and leisure water sports clubs in the city, which offer everything from kayaking and windsurfing to stand-up paddling and even sailing. And with only a few weeks to go before the monsoon comes calling, this is the best time to make the most of these opportunities.
Miran Manek, an instructor with city-based adventure sports company Rae Sports, says that kayaking and wind-surfing are the most popular among enthusiasts in the city. “Our courses range from six-eight weeks where one is taught the basics. Stand-up paddling is not very common in India, but we offer a certificate from Paddle Culture International, a Singapore-based company.” Rae Sports conducts its activities off the Chowpatty coast.
If safety is your concern, then Manek says there’s no cause for worry. “The sea is very calm and since there are no undercurrents, the waves act as protection. Also, there is always an instructor with the participants. It’s safe for all ages. We have 65-year-olds who come to learn windsurfing!”
For those who’re looking for a more laidback, leisurely time in the sea, Aquasail India provides opportunities for “active leisure”. With a huge fleet of catamarans, dinghies and yachts, the company helps people experiment with newer hobbies. “We are exposing people who’ve never sailed to the adventure of being out in the sea,” says director Zia Hajeebho. Enthusiasts can get a chance to discover sailing in one-off hour-long sessions, or sign up for their longer courses to learn to sail, cruise, windsurf and power boat. Says Zia, “The best part is that one doesn’t need to be extremely fit, though, if you are, it helps. Also, one can enjoy these activities with family, friends or workmates and bond while sailing.”
Sailing on the same boat!
We got on board a powerboat from jetty number 5 at Gateway of India and sailed a little deep into the sea, from where we were transferred to a Beneteau 7.5, a 25-feet sailing yacht. James, our good-humoured skipper (which means captain in sailing parlance) introduced us to the basic jargon and commands to be used while sailing. It didn’t matter that I had never sailed before, because in a span of an hour, I’d tried being at the helm, manning the main sails and even attacking (turning the boat 180 degrees). And I realised that sailing is definitely much more fun than it seems to be. The experience deserves another outing for sure.
Manning main sails can be a very thrilling experience
Where to learn:Rae Water Sports,
chowpatty: Conducts activities off Chowpatty coast
Kayaking: 6 session course (Rs 4,400)
Wind-surfing: 8-session (Rs 8,500)
Stand-up Paddling: 6 session ( Rs 6,500)
Aquasail India: Conducts activities at Gateway of India and Mandwa
Sailing: 6-10 sessions: (Rs 42000)
Cruising: 8 sessions (R2 lakh)
Windsurfing: 3 sessions (15 hours) (Rs 15000)
power boating: 3 sessions (9 hours) (Rs 20,000)
Call: 99876 81826
Kerala Club, Andheri (E):Call: 28259507
Andheri Recreation Club, Andheri: Call: 26233637