Vizianagaram: People will soon get a feel for the deep ocean when Livein Adventures Scuba Diving Academy kicks off its activities in the coastal village of Chintapalle in Vizianagaram District.
This Vizag-based company which practices water sports in accordance with international standards with the support of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) will operate the academy from October. If all goes according to plan, Chintapalle will become the number one scuba diving destination in Andhra Pradesh and attract tourists from all over the world.
In accordance with the agreement between APTDC and Livein Adventures, Chintapalle will have an AP Scuba Academy and a seaside resort to meet the needs of tourists. Meanwhile, the APTDC will also create the best bar and restaurant in Chintapalle. He had built a six-bedroom complex but found no takers. Now the structure needs some repairs before it can accommodate its first tourists.
Balaram Naidu of Livein Adventures said AP Scuba Diving Academy will be moving to a four-acre property owned by APTDC in Chintapalle. The academy will initially be for recreation and will later launch basic to master diving courses. “Apart from diving, we will be training in other water sports such as boating, kayaking and a few others,” he added.
The water at Chintapalle beach is clear and will be the best place for scuba diving.
“We will invest over 2 crore rupees to establish the academy. It will provide world-class training for divers and attract adventure seekers from all over the world to this small hamlet. The academy will raise awareness of the rich marine life of Vizag and Vizianagaram districts. All of them will be operational by October of this year, “Naidu added.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Sports Authority (SAAP) is also ready to set up a water sports training center in Rushikonda in the town of Vizag.
“We have appointed a coach and will operate the center from October to train people in surfing, kayaking and sailing,” said N. Surya Rao of District Sports Authority (DSA), Vizag.
Recall that Mr. Balaram Naidu and his team unearthed a century-old wreck in the open sea off Bheemili. Later, another wreck was discovered by another group. The two discoveries had created ripples throughout the scuba diving community.
Andhra Pradesh has failed to attract adventure tourists despite its enormous potential. Less than one percent of total tourists to the state have ventured out to explore adventure sports.
Vizag had attracted over two million domestic tourists and around one lakh of foreign tourists in 2019. At least 1,500 tourists visit Araku Valley, Ananthagiri and Tyda in winter every day.