Kids Watersports 2019-03-24T11:51:52+00:00

Kids Watersports


Kids Watersports

All children are taught about or are made aware of climate change and they recognise that the oceans are a big part of this. If they are able to get on the water, either sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, wakeboarding or even swimming they will learn to appreciate what it is all about.


They will see the lovely clear bits of water being ruined by bits of plastic and other litter and the same goes for the beaches. They will also learn about tides and currents and so will appreciate how the litter that is thrown in manages to work its way around the coasts and further afield. They will also learn about weather, how to read weather charts and the effects it will have on their activity.

For many children taking part in team activities such as football or netball is really hard. They may find that they are not the greatest at the sport or maybe just not as good as the others in the team. This can affect their confidence and puts them off of physical activity. Watersports tend to be a case of people controlling their own piece of equipment and if they do it in a confined area such as the shallow sheltered lagoon of Lagoon Watersports where they will feel safe, succeed, and have fun it will be a massive confidence boost. There are many children who, for various reasons, have not been team players but once they are on the water and moving they are then happy to be involved with others and eventually build that camaraderie that will then follow them through in to school and help them grow as individuals.

Watersports can be as energetic or as relaxed as you want to make it. For a lot of youngsters that first step away from the X-box can be quite intimidating and if their fitness level is not great they will probably not be that keen. However all tuition is at a steady pace and so in no time they will begin to feel better, their strength will grow and as they get better and better they will then start to challenge themselves and want to practice more and more and get better and better. We have seen many young sloths turn in to really keen watersports people.

Once they have developed their new found skills and are keen to carry on it is not necessary to rush out and purchase very expensive equipment. As they grow and improve you will need to change it so you are best joining them as a member of a club. In this way they will be mixing with other youngsters who have a similar interest and also be able to keep in touch with instructors who will keep encouraging them. This way they will not be spending weekends and school holidays hanging out where they should not be but will be active, in the fresh air, and possibly they will then go on to be instructors themselves. A good qualification to have for the future whether it be for weekend work while they go through college and university, for working abroad on a gap year or a career for the future.

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Kids Activity Weeks

Looking for a different way to get your kids outside in the fresh air, learning, developing and taking on new challenges? These action packed Activity Weeks & Teen Weeks feature windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, SUPing and more.

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Kids Sailing Age 6+

We aim to inspire and help young people to develop their self-esteem, confidence, motivation and teamwork skills. Sailing is perfect. Kids can learn to sail at Hove Lagoon from the age of 6 with the Learn to Sail courses and from age 12 the courses are on the sea from Brighton Marina.

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Kids Wakeboarding

Our objective is not just to teach children watersports but for them to enjoy a quality experience so they can feel the rewards of the great outdoors. Wakeboarding does this and more. Wakeboarding is thrilling, exciting and suitable for kids age 10+. Beware they can get addicted!

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Kids Windsurfing

Windsurfing is fun, exciting and kids love it. Age and strength is no barrier to kids learning to windsurf. Our special light weight sails make it easy for youngsters to pull up the sail and get going. Kids can start from age 8 with the RYA stage 1 and 2 courses on Hove Lagoon.

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Watersports Parties

Why not try something different for your child’s birthday party this year. We can offer you a unique, exciting and fun party tailored to your requirements. Choose from sailing, windsurfing and paddle sports for a party they will never forget! Celebrate afterwards in our cafe. Suitable for age 6+. Brilliant fun and all equipment is provided.

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Family & Taster Days

Get the family out on the water learning a new sport and splashing about. Come and join us for a fun family watersports taster. Activities include windsurfing, sailing and SUP/Kayaking. Suitable for families, couples or any combination of adult and child. Kids must be age 8+ and accompanied by an adult. Full tuition and all equipment is provided.

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Weekly Time Table for Summer Holiday Kids Course

Guide for Late July – early September. Please not we frequently add additional classes and private 1:1 and private group sessions are available


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Customer Reviews

We just wanted to thank all of you involved with last week’s kids’ activity week. My daughter, Helena, aged 11, had an absolutely fantastic time and loved every minute of every day.

Sarah Bullen

My son Joshua has just finished the children’s watersports course that was on this week. He really enjoyed it and had such a great time. Just wanted to let you know how much fun he had and to say thank you for looking after him and introducing him to watersports! He is keen to do more sailing in the future.


Just wanted to say a big thank you for the private session with my kids Arran and Freya yesterday. Leah was brilliant with them, and gave them a really great experience despite the wind! We’ll most certainly be back.


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 with

Mrs Perry

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find Hove Lagoon 2019-03-25T10:34:52+00:00

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

Google Maps Link for Hove Lagoon

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.

We are the two story building on the south side of the large Lagoon. Please come up the steps at the east side of the building and in to our reception.

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

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.

Discount for more than one child? 2018-02-23T08:34:38+00:00

If you are booking more than one child on to one of the courses or activity weeks you will receive a 10% discount for the second and any further children. This is also applicable when the early booking discount is running! If you are unable to get the discount to apply when booking online please give us a call. If you are booking more than 4 children again give us a call.

Is standup paddleboarding suitable for children? 2018-02-18T11:21:58+00:00

Yes they love it. At Lagoon Watersports we have shorter paddles for little people and as Hove Lagoon is only waist deep it is very easy for them to enjoy it.

Inherent risks 2018-02-17T09:33:59+00:00

We have taken all reasonable steps to provide your child with the level of care and assurances of safety appropriate to the activities they will undertake. However, you should be aware that certain inherent risks remain which are integral to the activity and which cannot be eliminated without destroying their unique character. Such risks can lead to feelings of discomfort, fear and apprehension and in some very rare cases, injury.

Parent briefings 2018-02-18T11:13:35+00:00

The kids courses which run during the school holidays start with a short parent briefing. Please take the time to attend this briefing as it will explain how the course works and other information we feel you should know.

Lost property : 2018-02-05T16:51:06+00:00

We get a lot of lost property and it can be very difficult to identify items, particularly when wet.

  • Please encourage your children to take everything home at the end of their session.
  • Please name your children’s clothing
  • If you leave something behind contact us as soon as possible, ideally the same day.
Do you take photos of kids activities 2018-02-05T16:47:45+00:00

We frequently take photos and videos of activity sessions involving both adults and under 16’s. These may be used in our brochures, social media and other promotional material.

If you do not want photos taken of your child please let us know.

How do I know my child is in a safe environment? 2018-02-17T09:29:15+00:00

We take the safety of all our customers very seriously and in particular children. All the staff are DBS checked, they are all qualified by the NGB of their sport so this will be the RYA, BWSW and BSUPA. Many of them are qualified with all of the above. To become an instructor they all have to have a current First Aid Certificate. Both the Brighton Marina and Hove Lagoon sites are inspected in regard to their equipment and also their operating procedures and have to reach very high standards.

My child is keen to try windsurfing but is quite small and not that strong. 2018-02-20T12:40:21+00:00

At Lagoon Watersports we like to encourage the children to start when they are young so we have some very small sails designed specifically for little people. They are very light so they start with those and as their strength builds and their skills develop they can move to the larger ones.

Kids and Parents Membership 2018-04-15T11:26:35+00:00

You are welcome to add your kids to your Beach Club membership. If they are of the required ability they can go on the sea (when conditions are suitable) provided we have written parental consent.



Prices for Kids memberships when not added to a existing membership

Trouble booking online 2019-03-06T17:30:53+00:00

Don’t struggle. Call us on 01273 42 48 42 or email us  and we will do our best to sort it. In case of system failures we are more than happy to take your booking over the phone.


Do the children need their own wetsuits and other equipment? 2018-02-20T12:42:01+00:00

No, all they need to bring on the day is their swimwear and towel. We will provide everything else for them but if they have their own they are very welcome to bring them. Please make sure if they do bring their own that it is labelled.

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