National Institute of Watersports
The National Institute of Water sports (NIWS) has been setup by the Ministry of Tourism as an âapexâ body for training, education, consultancy and research to usher in an era of leisure-water sporting segment in the country.
It is the first Institute of this nature in the South East Asia covering the entire range of water sport disciplines such as lifesaving, boat handling, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, river rafting and kayaking. Since inception, 20 courses have been developed for water sport professionals, managers and the tourists, particularly those visiting Goa.
The Institute is envisaged to function as a model for similar initiatives/ entrepreneurs with regard to faculty and staff, training infrastructure, water sport equipment and specialised repair and berthing facilities. Plans are being conceived to expand the activities to encompass other adventure sporting items so as to transform it into an âInstitute of Adventure Sports â.
Institute performs a variety of functions ranging from imparting training in a wide range of leisure-based water sporting to preparing feasibility studies/development reports for water sporting to state government agencies and corporate/ private entrepreneurs, frame safety norms, water sports awareness campaigns, water safety campaigns, inspection and certification of water sports centres and so on.
At Institute, we strive to set high standards for the practice of the sportings with âsafety-firstâ approach. In addition, it also takes lead in guiding the Govt. agencies and potential entrepreneurs in matters of water sports business.
Presently, trainings are offered in almost the entire range of water sport disciplines such as powerboat handling, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, river rafting, kayaking etc. The certification in life-saving techniques for water sport operators, beach life-guarding, pool life-guarding and water-park are very unique in content and pedagogy.
Many innovative training courses have been developed in recent years. A unique course among those was âSea Rescue Squadâ programme for the Govt. of Kerala. This training aims to prepare and empower the persons in all critical facets of rescue activities and also usage of major instruments such as GPS and nearly 70 persons already trained.