Windsurf Taster Session

Windsurf Taster Session

Our Windsurf Taster session is the ideal way to get a feel for what windsurfing has to offer. The session is 3 hours long and will give you an introduction to windsurfing, showing you how to use the equipment, get you up on the board and basic windsurfing techniques.

You will :

  • Go windsurfing…success guaranteed… you will be windsurfing!
  • Have a fun adventure
  • Learn new skills

We provide :

  • All equipment, including wetsuit, board, sail and buoyancy aids.
  • Full instruction and training from an RYA trained instructor.
  • Clubhouse with hot showers, changing rooms, lockers and a great cafe.
  • Perfect learning environment of Hove Lagoon.

Course Content Includes:

  • Balance on a board.
  • Set up equipment and how to use it.
  • Windsurf in a straight line.
  • Basic turning

More information:

Meet the windsurfers…Mike and Suzy

Why windsurfing…

Learning to windsurf is not difficult – just challenging.

Success guaranteed or get a free session

I went to Hove Lagoon for a half-day taster session of windsurfing and sailing, and loved every second of it! The instructors were very friendly and helpful, and made me feel at ease at all times. The sessions went on for just the right amount of time, giving you a good chance to see if you liked either sport and wanted to sign up for more. You do need to be prepared to get a bit wet, and bring some warm clothes and a towel for afterwards.

MissAK

Hove lagoon is a great place to learn windsurfing because the water is so shallow. Being on the coast, the wind is pretty reliable. The team who work there are enthusiastic, friendly and helpful

Calum

Have just taken level 1 and 2 in Windsurfing after doing a taster in June.The instructors were all friendly and made every minute enjoyable,they were positive at all times and nothing was too much for them.

MPW154

Very good facilities and a very professional team that has a strong passion for watersports. Great fun and ideal conditions to learn watersports.

Pedro

Course objective:

At the end of the course you will be able to windsurf in light winds and do a turn. You will be able to windsurf but you are unlikely to have a great deal of control at this stage and you will not be ready to hire boards. To be able to hire you will need to complete the Start Windsurfing RYA Course. You can complete this by completing a further 3 hour course and then attending two of our club practice sessions.

Prerequisite:

This course is aimed at complete beginners. Non swimmers please advise us in advance.

Where:

Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX

Suitable for:

Complete beginners age 14+ (Under 14 please see kids section).

Availability:

Courses are run most weekends from April to the end of October. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition is also available.

Booking:

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 are residential roads opposite the lagoon which have small residential parking restrictions on them, please check at time of parking.

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

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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 www.nationalrail.co.uk

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

Coach

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 aid which are provided.

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

Bag: To put your wet things in.

Other stuff: Suitable clothing for the weather on the day. Sunscreen, layers in case the wind gets up, anorak or waterproof jacket.

What not to bring

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

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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  • All gift vouchers are valid for 24 months.
  • Gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount.
  • Gift vouchers are valid for all the activities that we offer.
  • Gift vouchers can either be emailed to you or directly to the recipient.

 

 

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Windsurf Taster at Lagoon Watersports:

  • Start windsurfing…Success Guaranteed or Get a Free Session
  • Modern lightweight kit, expert tuition and waist deep water makes Lagoon Watersports the best place to learn.
  • Suitable for complete beginners. We train everyone from kids to grandparents!
  • Run by highly experienced and friendly RYA instructors.
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including wetsuits.
  • Great clubhouse with changing rooms, hot showers, lockers and a licensed cafe.