Kids Sailing Introduction Ages 6 – 8

Kids Sailing Introduction Ages 6 – 8

Kids love the water and learning to sail at a young age is great fun. We run a sailing course dedicated to 6 to 8 year olds. This course is made up of shorter sessions with a focus on fun and confidence building.

This is a course designed to build basic sailing and water confidence for youngsters. On completion kids should be ready to take the RYA Junior Courses.

Kids will :

  • Learn to sail
  • Have fun
  • Make new friends
  • Have an adventure

We provide :

  • Full tuition from RYA qualified and DBS checked instructors
  • All equipment including wetsuits
  • Perfect environment of Hove Lagoon

Course Content Includes:

  • Basic sailing
  • Sailing & water confidence building
  • Preparation for the RYA Junior courses
  • Fun water games

This course usually runs over five, 90 minute sessions from Monday too Friday.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and equipment hire is included.

I just wanted to say how impressed with the RYA 1 and RYA 2 course our son completed a couple of weeks ago. My husband is a sailor and knows his stuff and he thought the course was excellent. We particularly wanted to single out one of your staff members – Tom - who was amazing

Mrs Perry

I am writing on behalf of the parents whose children attended a first time sailing session on Friday at 'The Lagoon' . They all had such an excellent experience that we wanted to write to congratulate you on the service we all had. The children had a 2 hour session with Ben and Isaac, and as well as giving the children a fantastic lesson, in pretty windy conditions, Ben and Issac provided an informative and fun time, as well as promoting confidence. 

Sam Cullen

This place is a real gem. I was given a voucher and booked it here as a present. It's such a friendly place. Everything is provided. Instructors are supportive, admin staff are super organised and they have a cafe with cake for when it's all over!! I'll definitely be back.


A big thank you: First Class sailing instruction from Ash. My daughter has spoken about her sailing experience all day today at home and school. Fun, inspirational, and a great place to spend as a family. Highly recommend.

Pablo Klein Sarmiento

Course objective:

Have a fun introduction to sailing, building water and sailing confidence ready to start the RYA Junior Courses.


Water confident. No previous experience required.


Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX

Suitable for:

Complete beginners age 6-8. Children 8 or over are able to go straight on to the RYA Stage 1 Learn to Sail course. Children age 5 are able to take private 1:1 lessons with us as long as a parent is present for the lesson. Please call to arrange.


Courses are run in the main school holidays in July and August. This course usually runs over five, 90 minute sessions from Monday too Friday


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.


Map / Directions
What to Bring
Water Quality
Cancellation Policy

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 is free parking in the residential area to the north of the A259 Kingsway. There are some resident restrictions on roads to the east of Saxon Road. These do not apply to roads west of Saxon Road.

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


This service travels along Church Road which is about 3 mins 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 in near the pier which is about 3 miles from us.

What to bring

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

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

Plastic Bag: To put your 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.

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.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

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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Kids Sailing 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 or those with a little experience
  • Group sizes are kept small
  • Perfect learning location of Hove Lagoon combining shallow and flat water right next to the sea to make the most of the sea breezes.
  • Kids practice clubs and memberships for post course fun on the water.