Sailing is the perfect way to experience tranquillity and freedom on the water, or you can get your competitive juices flowing, from clubs to the Olympics!

You don't need to be fit or able-bodied to participate, as there are boats to cater for everyone. You don't even need to be a strong swimmer - although you should be comfortable with being in the water in a buoyancy aid.

Whether racing, exploring places you wouldn't otherwise be able to see or just having a muck around out on the water, sailing can be a great way to get active.

Dinghies, small keelboats and multi-hulls are one of the cheapest ways of getting on the water and learning how to sail.  They are easy to handle and very responsive, making it ideal for the whole family, plus they are suitable either inland or at sea.

The Centre's

Both UKSA and Portsmouth Watersports have an exemplary safety record, with thousands of young people visiting the centres each year.  The centres are Royal Yachting Association accredited, with regular inspections on safety, quality of instructors and kit among other areas.  They all have RYA qualified instructors and operate strict ratios for both taster sessions and start sailing courses.

Safety on the water

Fully qualified instructors

Low 1:6 instructor-to-student ratio for RYA courses

Well maintained kit and safety equipment

Buoyancy aids checked before each water-based session

First aid trained instructors

Radio communication with the shore

Rescue craft on standby

Both centres have full risk assessments for all activities and current Operating Procedures which are regularly refined when an where necessary.

Why get into sailing? It's a sociable and fun way to get fit and escape from everything in your normal life.
Who is it for? All ages and abilities. Whether you want to join a crew on a big yacht or get a buzz from racing, there's something for all, although this project is just focusing on 14-16 year olds
How much does it cost? Small boat sailing is one of the cheapest ways to get afloat and many clubs have boats that can be used by other members.  Our taster Sessions are FREE and the follow up ones are just £30 for the Start Sailing course, unless participants are on Pupil premium.
When is it happening? Taster sessions happen after school in Term time, the Start Sailing course happens in the school holidays over four days.
Can I take it to another level? The majority of clubs offer a programme of races if you fancy competing.  Once you have learnt the basics, we will point you in the right direction to continue sailing
Is there a disability option? Sailing is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms.  Please let us know any exact requirements.
 What Next?  There are many options in the area to continue Sailing.  At the end of the Start Sailing course, you/participants will be given information about how to progress in the local area.

More information can be found on the RYA website who are the National Governing Body for the sport of Sailing.