Make a big splash at Sports Hub's Waterfest

Activities lined up for the Waterfest include kayak races along the Kallang Basin.
Activities lined up for the Waterfest include kayak races along the Kallang Basin. PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Fresh from hosting the South-east Asian Games, the Sports Hub is organising the first major festival it owns.

The inaugural OCBC Waterfest next weekend promises a range of activities for everyone, from families to sports enthusiasts.

Admission and activities are free.

Highlights include beach volleyball, wave surfing, a showcase of radio-controlled boats and the Sports Hub Regatta, which features canoe, dragon-boat and kayak races along the Kallang Basin.

Mr Philippe Collin Delavaud, chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub, says: "Singapore has always had a strong affinity with water-based sports. The inaugural OCBC Waterfest is our way of helping Singaporeans and members of the public continue their love affair with water."

More than 100 events have been held at the Sports Hub since it opened in June last year, but the Waterfest is the first major event it is organising and owns.

The Sports Hub expects more than 20,000 people to attend the event. There are 2,800 slots for the various water activities that the public can sign up for at the festival on a first-come-first-served basis.

Public trials are available for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and peddle boating. The hourly sessions will be taught by staff from Water Sports Centre and Singapore Sailing Federation.

At the Splash-N-Surf water park, the Stingray water slide and Lazy River ride are free during the festival. Wave-riding on the Stingray usually costs at least $35 an hour. Lazy River costs $2 an entry.

Those who prefer to stay dry may attend a three-hour outdoor Korean pop dance party on Friday evening. On Saturday, local bands HubbaBubbas, Shagies and 53A will perform along the river.

Water sports enthusiast Michael Supangkat, 23, is looking forward to joining the Regatta's dragon-boat race.

He says the fact that the race is free makes it attractive, since dragon-boating races can cost up to $30 a person.

The former competitive dragon-boater from the National University of Singapore team adds: "It has been some time since my friends and I rowed together, so this is a great chance to train for our next race."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2015, with the headline 'Make a big splash at Sports Hub's Waterfest'. Print Edition | Subscribe