The National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS) was set up on a 18 acre beach-site plot at Panaji, Goa in July 1990. The NIWS is a Society registered at Goa under the Societies Registration Act. Secretary (Tourism) in the Govt. of India is the Chairperson of its Board of Governors. The NIWS was incorporated in the Indian Institute of Travel & Tourism Management in the year 1995.
The NIWS is primarily a training Institute and it conducts short duration training programmes specific to water sports.
The NIWS had managed its efforts by staff on contract basis. However, given the importance of this Institute and its mandate, it was felt that it must have a regular establishment of its own. Accordingly, its work measurement was entrusted to the Staff Inspection Unit (SIU) of the Ministry of Finance. Based on the report of the SIU, the Ministry has since sanctioned 15 posts (including 8 posts to be outsourced) both for short duration training course and one year regular PG Diploma courses in adventure and water sports management.
In May 2004, the MoT sanctioned an amount of Rs.400 lakhs for the campus development of the NIWS. As there was no progress on the ground, the IITTM deputed a member of its faculty at Gwalior to the NIWS on full time basis to give momentum to various activities of the NIWS including setting up of the campus.
Later, in the year 2008, the IITTM endorsed the revised estimates (for Rs.1764.36 lakhs) for the setting up of the campus. The estimates were prepared by the CPWD. The same were considered by the SFC in its meeting held on 10.09.2008 and approved and an amount of Rs.600 lakhs was released. The released amount included Rs.100 lakhs plus accrual of interest thereon, which was paid to the NIWS earlier. The Goa State Industrial Development Corporation (GSIDC) will be the executing agency for the campus of NIWS.