By Hilary Diack
Fancy dipping your toes in the water, but not up to facing a long drive and queues of traffic? Cairo East Magazine has good news to share with you. Water-skiing, windsurfing, rowing and sailing aficionados can enjoy all the fun of their favorite water sports right in the heart of Cairo. Beginners are more than welcome; there are regular classes available with qualified instructors. Age is no obstacle, some activities start with children as young as six, but anyone participating in classes must be a competent swimmer. Sail Away started windsurfing courses in the summer of 2014 and is the brainchild of founders Mostafa Kamar and Islam Abdel Raheem.
Windsurfing: Sail Away operates from the Egyptian Rowing Club (ERC) next to Galaa Square in Dokki.
Available: Windsurfing courses, windsurfing rental, windsurfing camps, and windsurfing equipment.
Hours: Fridays – all day, rest of the week 4 PM to 6 PM.
Safety and instructors: Life jackets and rescue boat are available; trainee is accompanied by the instructor sailing together for safety and for step-by-step instructions.
Sailing and Water-ski: The Egyptian Sailing and Water-Ski Federation is officially recognised by The International Sailing Federation as the governing authority for sailing in Egypt. It is located at 82 Abdel Azz Al- Sud St. in Manial.
Available: Sailing courses for both children and adults, starting from 6 years of age. Starting from January of 2015 Water-ski and Wake –board courses will also be available.
Safety and instructors: Professional trainer and Zodiac boat escort for safety during the lesson.
Offers a sailing school for children with Captain Mohamed Gamal.
Rowing: The Egyptian Rowing Club was established in 1935, which means that several generations of Cairenes have been able to enjoy the sport. It is located at 115 El Nile Street, Giza.
Hours: 6:00am – 11:00pm