The National Institute of Watersports (NIWS) has been setup by the Ministry of Tourism as an ‘apex’ 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 life saving, 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 ‘Institute of Adventure Sports ’.