Singapore is a small country surrounded by water.

Stand up paddling is primary conducted in open water coastal locations. There are minimal places in paddle on inland waterways. There is no surf in Singapore.

Singapore is situated near the equator with a tropical climate, uniform temperatures throughout the years, high humidity and abundant rainfall. Afternoon thunderstorms are typical.

Temperatures range from 23 C (73 F) to 30 C (86 F) each month. Night temperature is rarely below 20C (68 F).

Average water temperature all year round is 28 C (84F).

Due to the warm temperatures, minimal clothing is needed for paddling.

There are numerous SUP Schools located on the water, offering excellent facilities, bar/cafe, equipment storage.


SUP Standards Committee Singapore

Tony Lee (Chair)
Based in Singapore.
Tony has been actively involved in setting up SUP standards and coaching in Singapore. He is an experienced paddler and SUP Instructor. He is also Vice President of SUP discipline for the Singapore Canoe Federation, where he advises on safety, standards and organising SUP races.


Buoyancy Aids

No regulations. However, this is currently being reviewed by local government authorities.
People with poor swimming skills and inexperienced paddlers, should wear buoyancy aids, due to the exposed waters environment.
Activity centres and SUP Schools will require you to wear buoyancy aids.


Night Paddling

No regulations.
Not recommended due to exposed waters currents/undertow and boat traffic.
Some SUP Schools offer night paddling but only in very controlled and safe conditions.


Hazards

Lightning. Tropical lightning storms are common in the afternoon. They do not last long but are a danger to paddlers (paddle acts as a lightening rod),

Strong currents and Undertow. The coastal waters in Singapore have quite strong currents and undertow which can be dangerous for weak swimmers. For stand up paddling, be aware of your position at all times, to ensure you are not drifting too far from your entry/exit location. Inexperienced paddlers should stay very close to shore.

Shoreline. East coast beach of Singapore is claimed land, so the shore may drop off quite suddenly into deep water.

Heat. Warm weather and water temperature. Wear sun protection, take drinking water whilst paddling and monitor yourself for heat fatigue and dehydration.

Stinging Marine Creatures. Catfish, stingray, sea urchin and stone fish may be found in the coastal waters. They inject a venom that can be fatal to humans, or at the very least cause the feet/legs to swell up and be painful. Wear booties and slowly shuffle into the water, which can frighten them away. If stung, call an ambulance straight away.

Tides. Tide range is mid-range, approx 3.5 metres.

Poor paddling skill. Paddlers should ensure they can swim confidently in the coastal waters and take SUP lessons to develop their SUP paddle skills before venturing in exposed waters without an instructor.


Conservation

Legislation and regulations that apply to protecting wildlife that we encounter as stand up paddlers:

currently updating


Waterways Licensing

None.


References

Weather Forecasts

Meterological Service of Singapore Website
Singapore’s national weather service. Forecasts, temperatures, winds speed, direction, sunrise, sunset, warnings, and more.

River Levels and Flood Alerts

n/a

Tides

High and low predictions, sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset times, plus moon phase details.

National Environment Agency Website.

Tides for Fishing Website

Surf Reports and Forecasts

n/a

Environment

National Environment Agency Singapore. Website
Responsible for ensuring a clean and sustainable environment for Singapore. Its key roles are to improve and sustain a clean environment, promote sustainability and resource efficiency, maintain high public health standards, provide timely and reliable meteorological information, and encourage a vibrant hawker culture.