30 October 2013, Singapore – The final instalment of People’s Association Water-Venture’s (PA Water- Venture) Reservoir Discovery Series (RDS) 2013 took participants down Singapore’s longest river, the Kallang River, to bring back some memories of the changing skyline and coastal area along the Kallang basin. Back for its second edition, the series saw a total of over 100 participants in all its three instalments that took place between July and October this year.
The RDS which is an annual series featuring three kayaking events, is held at three different reservoirs in Singapore with different paddling distances for participants as they gain experience and water confidence along the way. This year’s three part series started out with a 5km paddle at Jurong Lake in July followed by an 8km expedition at the Lower Seletar Reservoir in August and the final installment, a 10km grand finale along the Kallang River today.
24 year-old Grace Ng, who participated in the 5km Jurong Lake installment with her friends, shared that “the event was extremely fun and interesting as it really enabled me to slow down and appreciate the beauty of our reservoirs.” Sisters Meng Fong ,49 and Fong See Ming, 45, both avid kayakers of the reservoirs shared that one of the places they’ve always enjoyed kayaking is at Kallang because of the experience of looking at the urban jungle from a different perspective. “We enjoy seeing the ever changing yet beautiful skyline of Singapore with famous landmarks such as the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and the upcoming Sports Hub,” said the sisters.
The series is targeted at novices with no kayaking certification and people who have never tried kayaking before. A feature of the series is that participants can choose to take part in any installment of the series or participate in all three events. Certificates of successful completion are issued for each event. But those who complete all three events will each receive a commemorative finisher medal, a complimentary sports climbing orientation and a two-hr complimentary kayak rental voucher for two persons in recognition of their achievements.
“RDS was initiated in 2012 to not only promote the sport of kayaking but to also allow the wider community, that may not be proficient in kayaking, to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful surroundings and environment in Singapore through a different perspective,” said Mr Roy Chew, Assistant Director, PA Water-Venture. “The series is also one of our many efforts to bond the community and promote inclusiveness among Singaporeans, both young and old, though water and adventure sports,” added Mr Chew.