Making the Most of the Water this Season


BUSAN, South Korea — Busan City's 2012 Marine Sports Academy is up and running at 10 different venues, including the beaches of Nakdong River (Eulsukdo), Yeongdo (Korea Maritime University), Dadaepo and Haeundae, from April through October for seven months. Courses are open to anyone who would like to enjoy learning about any of 10 different sports, including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily (except Mondays).

The Marine Sports Academy, under the slogan "Let’s Enjoy Marine Sports", is aiming to open up the enjoyment of marine sports all year round to citizens of all ages.

Individuals, families and groups are welcome to apply for the courses and activities of the academy. Each academy is offering various programs, so those who would like to register for the program, please call or visit the website below. Participants only have to bear the cost of textbooks and insurance fees (10,000 won). For more detailed information, visit the currently Korean-only marine sports academy website at

Busan Rowing Association
Office Phone: 051) 973-2017
Mobile Phone: 010-2580-1157
Fax: 051) 973-0747
Location: Rowing Arena, 3655 Gangdong-dong, Gangseo-gu
Events: Rowing, Indoor Rowing, Rafting
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Canoe Arena at West Nakdong River
Tuition: Free

Busan Canoe Federation
Office Phone: 051) 941-1556
Mobile Phone: 010-4140-1807
Fax: 051) 941-1558
Location: Canoe Arena, 3655 Gangdong-dong, Gangseo-gu
Events: Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Canoe Arena at West Nakdong River
Tuition: Free

Korea Surfing Association
Office Phone: 051) 746-3753
Mobile Phone: 010-9411-8886
Fax: 051) 746-3754
Location: 16-1 Dongmyeong-ro 118 beon-gil, Nam-gu
Events: Surfing, Bodyboarding
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Haeundae Beach
Tuition: Free

Korea Maritime University (Marine Sports Department)
Office Phone: 051) 410-4790
Mobile Phone: 010-9344-3161
Fax: 051) 410-4790
Location: 1 Dongsam-dong, Yeongdo-gu
Events: Dinghy sailing
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Korea Maritime University
Tuition: Free

Busan Kiteboarding Association
Office Phone: 051) 207-3700
Mobile Phone: 010-4841-9966
Fax: 051) 207-3700
Lo cation: 379 Weonyang-ro, Saha-gu
Events: Kite-boarding, Sea Rafting, Water Skiing
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Dadaepo Beach
Tuition: Free

Busan Windsurfing Federation
Office Phone: 051) 747-6175
Mobile Phone: 010-4572-1720
Fax: 051) 747-6176
Location: 1393 U-1-dong, Haeundae-gu
Events: Windsurfing, Rafting, Kayaking, Dinghy Sailing
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Dadaepo Beach (April ? October), Eulsukdo (June ? August)
Tuition: Free

Sea Explorers of Busan Council
Office Phone: 051) 743-5589
Mobile Phone: 010-5559-1071
Fax: 051) 742-3309
Location: 1393 U-1-dong, Haeundae-gu
Events: Dragon Boating, Kayaking, Rafting, Motor Boating
Period: April ~ October
Event Venue: Yachting Center, Suyeong River
Tuition: Free

In addition, the Yachting School offers classes year-round.

The yachting school, which has operated since 1993, will open at the Suyeong Yachting Center. Classes will be offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to children as well as adults. Upon completion of their course, participants will receive an official certification from Busan Yacht Association, acknowledged by the International Sailing Schools Association (ISSA), and will be able to benefit from the following services such as yachting information, club activities, qualification for competitions and free equipment rental. In addition, the Busan Sailing Federation which is organizing the yachting school has been selected as a certified education center by the Korea Sailing Federation and a sailing license agent. Therefore from this year, those who complete the course can receive their sailing license as well.

For more information about the yachting school, please call 051) 747-1768 or visit the website at

Busan City is striving to promote and develop marine sports at many of Busan's beaches for the enjoyment of everyone throughout the year. The Dadae Marine Sports Facility was established at Dadaepo Beach in April, 2011, Hwamyeong Water Sports Facility is scheduled to be completed this June and another one at Songdo Beach is under construction. When the project is complete, people will be able to enjoy water sports at all of Busan's beaches much more easily. 

For more information, please contact the Sports Promotion Division at 051) 888-3221~6.

Source: Busan City News



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