Kids RYA OnBoard Sailing Club

Kids RYA OnBoard Sailing Club

Kids OnBoard sailing and windsurfing Club

A fun instructor lead sailing and windsurfing club for kids that is run at Hove Lagoon and is suitable for kids age 8 - 12. All about getting out on the water having some fun and even doing some racing. Club is suitable for kids with some basic sailing and windsurfing experience. it is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Fun
  • Sail with others and make friends
  • Tuition
  • Improve skills
  • Practice
  • Start racing

Kids Sailing Club at Hove Lagoon

  • Run by highly experienced and friendly RYA instructors.
  • Instructors are DBS checked.
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including wetsuits
  • Suitable for complete beginners to intermediate young sailors.

Please note pre booking is essential.

Course objective:

Have fun sailing


Water confident. Some previous windsurfing or sailing experince. Age 8+ or have completed the under 8's sailing course.

Pre booking is essential.


£25 per session. Includes all tuition and equipment hire.

Save £8 with discount code "onboard" if your child has completed a course with us.

Free to Kids Beach Club members.


Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX

Suitable for:

Complete beginners age 8-12


June - September.


Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 2 or email us.

If you cannot find a date please contact us.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.


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Typical Price: £25

Important - Please see our COVID-19 information before booking here
July 2020
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More Information

Please aim to arrive at the centre 20 minutes before your session starts.

We have two centres in Brighton please make sure you head to the correct one. This activity takes place at Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4LX.


You may find the Journey Planning web site useful.

Cycling : We have a cycle parking area, don’t forget your lock

Car Parking : We do not have our own car park. There is parking within 150m of Hove Lagoon on Wharf Road opposite Hove Lagoon. There is metered parking on the southside of the A259 Kingsway.

There are residential streets opposite the lagoon which have small parking restrictions, please check them as you park.

Bus : Brighton and Hove Bus company : Route 1, 1A, 6

This service travels along Church Road which is about 3 minutes walk north of the seafront. Get off at the Wish Road or Brittany Court stops. This service runs from Brighton Station. If you arrive at Hove Station you need to walk directly south to Church Road where you can meet this service.

Coastliner 700 service. Stage Coach

Train : National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950

We recommend travelling to Portslade station (1 mile from us ) or Hove station (2 miles from us) Brighton station is 3 miles from us.


National Express run many routes to Brighton. Brighton coach station is near the pier which is about 3 miles from us.

What to bring

Swimwear: To wear under the wetsuit and buoyancy aid which are provided.

Towel: We have hot showers so will need a towel to dry off at the end of the session.

Plastic Bag: To put wet things in.

Other stuff: Sunscreen, layers in case the wind gets up, anorak or waterproof jacket.

What not to bring

Valuables: We have lockers in the changing rooms but better safe than sorry.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and equipment hire is included.

COVID-19 Changes for under 18’s

To enable young people to continue enjoying watersports with us and remain safe we are making changes to the way we run our sessions for under 18’s.

The situation is continually changing. This is current as of 05/06/2020

  • Social distancing applies at all times, except in emergency situations, to customers and staff.
  • Students will be grouped into bubbles of 5 with a dedicated instructor (There may be occasions the instructor has to change. We will try and minimise any changes)
  • Students that are on a course lasting more than one session will be given a wetsuit and buoyancy aid for the duration of the course. These items should be taken home at the end of each day and brought back for the following days activities (please remember to bring a plastic bag to put them in). At the end of the course the items must be returned to us and we will clean and quarantine them. Parents will need to take responsibility for these items whilst in their care. If you have your own wetsuit please feel free to use it.
  • For kids activity weeks we will have up to 25 kids in much bubbles of 5. Other kids and adult sessions will be running in bubbles. Numbers on the Lagoon and land will be restricted to 30 on the water, plus 12 wakeboarding and 12 on the sea. Numbers will be restricted in the building.
  • Please bring footwear for the students to wear on the water.
  • If the course includes a lunch break this will take place within the student bubbles and social distancing will apply.
  • Where possible, students will be given their own equipment for each session and equipment swapping will be kept to a minimum. eg each student has their own board and paddle for a session.
  • All equipment will be regularly washed down pre and post session by Lagoon Watersports staff.
  • Hand washing will occur between sessions.
  • The changing rooms may or may not be available (subject to government advice). If they are available the numbers within the changing rooms will be limited and controlled. We aim to provide some temporary outdoor changing facility but please come prepared for the students to change outside.
  • Any catering will be take away only.
  • Please help us reduce queues on day 1 by completing consent forms and disclaimers online at
  • To ease daily check in and out we are trying to create an online system. It may or may not be ready in time.
  • Please keep valuables to a minimum. We will provide bag storage and wipes to clean bags.
  • Please take extra care to take all belongings home with you at the end of the session.
  • If parents stay to watch sessions please maintain social distancing.
  • If we are unable to deliver the course due to Corona Virus we will NOT be able to offer refunds. We will provide a full credit that can be used on any activities we offer that is valid for 24 months.

The water quality in Hove Lagoon is independently tested regularly during the summer season as part of the Brighton and Hove City Councils seafront beach water quality testing. Lagoon Watersports opened in 1994 , since that date the water in Hove Lagoon has passed every test.

Independent water quality test results from 2017  testing

Total Colibacteria

Faecal Colibacteria

Faecal Enterococci


  • Natural algae growth occurs in the Lagoon. This algae can look unpleasant particularly when it blows to one corner of the Lagoon. It is harmless. It is NOT blue/green algae that fresh water lakes can suffer from.
  • Sometimes there is a smell. This smell is caused by the natural process of the algae.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council treat the water with an organic substance to help suppress the algae growth.
  • The water in the Lagoon is sea water rather than fresh water which prevents some common water quality issues that lakes suffer from.
  • The Lagoon is topped up with fresh seawater every few days.
  • The Lagoon is very shallow so the sun can penetrate to the bottom.
  • There is a high level of evaporation and leakage in the Lagoon.
  • The sea water that goes into the Lagoon meets all bathing test requirements.

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Postponement by us due to Corona Virus

All bookings made after 23/03/2020 that cannot take place due to Corona Virus will be rescheduled, or a credit will be added to your account for the value of the payment made. The credit is valid for 2 years and can be used for any activities we offer including gift vouchers. No refunds will be given in any circumstances.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation though Guest First by calling 0345 90 80 101

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.


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