VISAKHAPATNAM: Come winter and Vizagites can experience a variety of water sports at Mangamaripeta and Rushikonda as the AP tourism department is setting up facilities on a public-private partnership mode.
While kayaking and boating have already commenced, water skiing, speed boating, zumbo surfing, and scuba diving will start during winter this year. District collector Pravin Kumar has also given a green signal to set up a few safe swimming zones along various beaches.
Regional director of tourism (Vizag region), Sriramulu Naidu said, “Water sports is being developed at the two beaches on PPP basis. Around November, when the tourist season kicks off once again, we hope to commence various activities. We are also planning to set up beach shacks and food courts at Mangamaripeta.”
Balaram Naidu, a water sports expert and director of Live in Adventures, said, “We want tourists to participate in active adventure and sports activities that they can do themselves without the help of guides or instructors like skiing and kayaking. Also zumbo surfing which will not require any training beforehand will be introduced. Scuba is seasonal and has been getting lot of enquiries from adventure lovers. We will offer Padi (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified courses both for amateurs and professional divers that will enable one to dive in any sea up to 18 metres (open water course) and 40 metres (advance open water).”
Safety aspects are strictly taken care of. Life jackets are being made mandatory. Local fishermen have been trained to save lives in case of any incident of drowning. Rescue teams and first aid will also be kept ready. A certified pilot or driver and a life guard would be on the speed boat, which has a capacity of 10. The skiing facility would be towed by a boat.
Apart from water sports, three places have been identified for setting up swimming zones that are safe from currents and rocks. “Each of these zones near RK Beach, Rushikonda and Tenneti Park will be of 50 metres length and 30-40 metres width extending to the sea. Nylon ropes and floating buoys or indicators would be put as barricades so that people do not venture beyond the demarcated area. The district collector has already given go ahead and wants us to commence the swimming zones soon,” Naidu said.
Source : TOI