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Kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir


Kayaking for All at Macritchie

From Saturday 26 Mar 2005, the public can walk into MacRitchie, rent a kayak and spend an idyllic time paddling on its clean and clear waters.
This is part of PUB's new initiative to have more recreational activities at the reservoirs in its efforts to enhance the bond between Singaporeans and water.
"We want to create more opportunities for Singaporeans to enjoy our beautiful environment and water resources. This is in line with PUB's tagline - Water for all: Conserve, Value, Enjoy. By getting Singaporeans to play in water, we believe this would help them to develop a relationship with water and want to be a guardian of this precious resource by valuing and conserving it," said Mr Yap Kheng Guan, PUB's Director of 3P Network.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, officiated the opening of a kayaking centre named The Paddle Lodge, as well as flag off a kayak and dragon boat regatta on Saturday 26 Mar 2005.
Besides renting out kayaks to the public, the Paddle Lodge - a pilot project by PUB and the Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF) at MacRitchie Reservoir -- will also cater to kayak training for schools and the national team.
Chua Kee Huat, President of SCF, said: "We are pleased to work with PUB on The Paddle Lodge at MacRitchie Reservoir and happy that PUB has provided us with new playgrounds for water sports. I hope that while enjoying all these water sports, our young can see the direct link between the clean waters and their daily habits. I urge all water users to be mindful of the need to keep our environment and waterways clean so that they can continue to have fun in the waters."
Added Mr Yap: "There are 14 reservoirs in Singapore and besides the rain water falling directly onto the reservoirs, a large part of the water collected comes from the catchment area around each reservoir. Most of us are living in a water catchment area. This makes it important for us to keep our drains and canals litter-free as they channel rain water to our reservoirs. By keeping our waters clean, we can play in the water that we eventually drink from," added Mr Yap.


The Paddle Lodge has kayaks for people with varying skill levels; from sit-on-top kayaks for first-timers to recreation kayaks for those with one-star certification.
Safety guidelines are in place and include briefings for kayakers by the Paddle Lodge, provision of safety boats during activities and the requirement to wear a life vest when in the water. Kayakers under 12 years are to be accompanied by an adult.
Rental rates for the sit-on-top kayak (single and double seaters) is $10 an hour per kayak. The rate for the single-seater recreation kayak is $15 for two hours. There are altogether 12 sit-on-top kayaks and five recreation kayaks. The Paddle Lodge will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm.
A public survey held last October showed that 80 per cent of 2,000 respondents were in favour of PUB's plans to have more recreational activities at the Bedok and MacRitchie Reservoirs. PUB will look into introducing more water-based activities in other reservoirs such as Bedok, Pandan, Upper Seletar and Lower Seletar.

Source: Public Utilities Board Press Release 23 Mar 2005



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