Water based sports

Scuba Diving

India is a large country with 8000 kilometres/5000 miles of coastline. India is made up of many islands, both in the Andaman and Arabian Seas. This means that when diving in India you can expect plenty of amazing dive sites that offer incredible underwater diversity. Goa, the smallest and richest state on India's west coast, has easy access to the Arabian Sea. Diving off Goa provides divers with the opportunity to glide over lush coral gardens and pinnacles, as well as dive a variety of shipwrecks. Lakshadweep is a remote archipelago off India's southwestern coast just above the Maldives. Dive sites near Lakshadweep offer colourful reefs, overhangs, swim-throughs and big fish action. The remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, between India and Thailand, boast vibrant coral reefs, huge schools of fish and pristine dive conditions. Pondicherry, on India's eastern coast, has untouched and largely unexplored reefs and wrecks. In this populous country, you'll find underwater exploration as intriguing as exploring India's rich heritage and culture.



Surfing

There are waves in India all year round averaging 3 to 5 feet but the season for big waves (8 feet plus) is May through September. This is the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. At this time the surf will range from 8 to 15 feet and bigger - often blown out and messy but sometimes the conditions are fantastic - super glassy and offshore winds, at which time you can expect some world class waves. On the west coast the swell direction is usually best when coming from the south or west, although an occasional north swell does get good. On the east coast the swell is almost always from the south or slight southeast direction. Along the 7000 kilometers of coastline in India there are at least 200 surfable river mouths. River mouths usually have distinct and consistent sand bar formations created by the river flow and these make for very good breaks - like beach breaks but with a lot less close outs. Straight long beaches are also a dominate feature of the India coastline. There you will find your usual beach break waves - closing out when it gets big but lots of fun on smaller days. Then there are the bays, coves and points on the coast. How many are there? Too many to count and most have never been surfed. October through December the big swells decline and it gets back to normal (3 to 5 feet). From January through April,there are sometimes bigger swells both on the east and west coast created by small storm systems and somedays we will get waves up to 6 and 7 feet, depending. Mornings are almost always glassy until about 10:30 AM and many mornings have off shore winds, sometimes lasting the whole day.



Whitewater Rafting

White water rafting in India is almost exclusively confined to the northern rivers which flow southwards from the Himalayas, gushing between densely forested mountains and through steep gorges. Rivers such as the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Indus, Zanskar and Teesta offer 'raft-worthy' rapids, and a trip down a river can be a great way to see the countryside. Whether the expedition's just a few hours of getting soaked and experiencing the thrills of a high-action Hollywood flick - or it stretches over a few days in which you spend time camping and trekking as well- this is an experience not to be forgotten. White water rafting or river running, as an alternative way of spending your vacation, is being increasingly offered by a number of tour operators and travel agencies, including government tourist offices. Prices are generally reasonable, and will include food, equipment, lifejackets, helmets, an expert guide, and accommodation. Check on what you're paying for, and whether any additional charges are likely to be levied. It also makes sense to scout around a bit before taking a decision on which agency you're going to book with.



Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater.Whitewater kayaking is a niche sport with some hardcore following. While the Himalayan rivers are teeming with largely commercial kayakers and some weekend adventurers, in south it is largely the weekend kayakers who have been driving the sport. most people, kayaking is a life changing experience or at the very least an adrenaline-charged adventure. It's been said that kayaking is one of the few adventure sports out there that truly is for everyone because its not about strength, it's about technique.



Freediving

Freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers' ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. There is currently no free diving organisation in mainland India and therefore no competitions as yet. If you are interested in more than just snorkelling then it is highly recommended you take a Free Diving course. The course will teach you the basics and the concepts of breath-hold (apnea) diving including spearfishing and the necessary safety skills. required for you to participate in a safe and enjoyable manner.



Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30-40 km/h (18-25 mph), depending on the board size, rider's weight, type of tricks, and rider's comfort. India is not known as a wakeboard destination, but wakeboarding operators have begun to pop up in its beach resorts in the last few years.



Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding that's specific to wave riding. Kitesurfers use standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for kitesurfing. Colourful, Vibrant and Enchanting India has a massive 7,600 kilometres of coastline and Wind, Lagoons and Point breaks for surf have been found here. The sport is very young in India so it is vital that everything is right to create an encouraging environment for kids in the future. It ideally takes 6 to 10 hours of training with an experienced and certified instructor to learn the basics of the sport.