Policy for Regulation of Water Sports in Goa

Nov 21, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Industry Specific Compliance

The Department of Tourism of Goa on November 19, 2020 has issued the Policy for the regulation of Water Sports in Goa. The increase in the number of operators and the types of water sports activities led to an increased competition amongst the water sports operators, which further led the operators to resort to illegal and unfair means thereby causing nuisance to the water sports loving tourists. The Goa Government has framed the Water Sports Policy, 2020. 

The following provisions have been made: 

• The Goa Government shall appoint competent agencies for conducting various studies and research for carrying out the water sports activities in Goa. 

• The Department of Tourism shall function as the Nodal Department to look after the operation of water sports in Goa. 

• No foreigners shall be permitted to work as an operator or instructor or as a partner without valid Work Visa and the approval of the Government of Goa.

• The Agency so specified shall have the powers to issue Safety Certificate to Water sports Operators. 

• Registration number plate for a specific boat/equipment shall be obtained through the Department of Tourism at the cost of the operator and prominently affixed at a place on the boat/equipment to be specified by the Department or Captain of Port. 

• The Department of Tourism or its agency, will install fully functional kiosks which will dispense tickets and ensure collection of ticket fees at one point.

• Each water sports operator shall furnish a refundable security deposit of Rs. 5,000/- per boat/activity in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of Director Tourism, payable at Panaji. 

• The registration fees for water sports operators shall be fixed by the Department from time to time.

[Notification No. N5/3[577]/20-DT]



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