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“Outdoor activities, both at school and on residential courses, enable pupils to enjoy challenging and unfamiliar experiences that test and develop their physical, social and personal skills. They can be among the most memorable experiences for pupils of their schools days”

David Bell 2005

“We are convinced that out of classroom education enriches the curriculum and can improve educational attainment”

House of Commons Educational and Skills Committee Report January 2005

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Watersports Activities for Language Students in Brighton

Lagoon Watersports offers language students the opportunity to combine learning a range of exciting watersports whilst improving English language skills. We can can tailor make events to suit the needs of your students within their time constraints.

  • Over 22 years of experience in offering watersports to Language Schools.
  • Activities for students of all ages both adults and kids.
  • Two great venues of Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina, both less than 4 km from the centre of Brighton and right on the coast.
  • All our instructors are DBS checked.
  • Fully risk assessed and insured
  • Inspected by RYA, AALA. LOtC, BWSW
  • Full tuition and all specialised equipment is provided
  • Our activities are suitable for complete beginners to advanced levels
  • Clubhouse facilities at both centres have changing rooms, lockers, hot showers & free WIFI

Outdoor education courses can help develop:

  • Skills of enquiry
  • Critical thinking
  • Reflection

Develop personal and learning skills in areas such as:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Information technology
  • Working with others
  • Thinking skills

Why not include a watersport or team build session as part of your English learning programme.

Activities available for adults and young people.

  • Thrilling high speed powerboat rides
  • Yacht sailing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Raft building and raft racing
  • Land based team bonding challenges

All activities are suitable for complete beginners. We provide all tuition, equipment and specialised clothing such as wetsuits. All the students need to bring is swimming costume and a towel.

These can be run as :

  • One off taster sessions from one hour to a full day
  • Regular sessions concentrating on one sport working towards NGB certificates e.g. RYA learn to sail course
  • Regular multi activity sessions in a range of watersports
  • Multi activity days/weeks

High Speed Powerboat Ride

Students will meet their skipper at Brighton Marina and receive a safety briefing. Then with our qualified instructor at the helm, students will set off, passing through the marina. Once out of the marina they will hit the open sea, holding on tight as the skipper pulls back the throttle and accelerates at speed! Students will feel the adrenalin rush as the powerboat performs super-fast turns, figures of eight and jumping the waves – these machines can reach speeds of up 65km/h! In between the turns and high speed students will have the chance to relax, admire the views and if possible, take a swim in the sea. After a last exhilarating burst of speed the boat will cruise back to the marina, where the adventure ends.

Price: £25
Duration: 30mins. We can work around your schedule
Venue: Brighton Marina

Watersports Taster Session

Choose one or combine a number of activities from:

  • Standup Paddleboarding
  • Dinghy Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking and kayak water polo
  • Raft building and raft racing
  • Land based team bonding

Wakeboarding can be added for a small extra cost. Please contact us as the price depends on the group size and length of visit.

Success and fun guaranteed as we will get students out on the water learning a new activity and having a great time. Full tuition and all equipment is provided.

Price and options:
1 hour £14.00 pp
90 mins from £16.50 pp
2 hours from £20.35 pp – choose up to two activities
3 hours £30.00 pp – choose up to three activities
4 hours £40.00 pp – choose up to four activities
5 hours £49.50 pp – choose up to four activities

What to bring: Swimsuit and towel
Age range: 6+
Venue: Hove Lagoon

2 Hour Sailing Experience

Students will board our yacht or keelboat with their skipper and after a safety briefing head out of Brighton Marina. Once past the marina entrance students will set sail cruising the waves whilst enjoying the Brighton and Sussex coastline. Students can be an active crew member and enjoy several opportunities to become a real sailor – as our skipper will show them how to hoist the sails and take the helm.

  • 2-hour sailing trip along the coastline from Brighton Marina
    Try your hand at sailing by taking the helm and hoisting the sails under the instruction of our experienced skipper
  • Watch for dolphins during the summer and take a dip into the Big Blue

Price: £45pp
Duration: 2 hours. We can work around your schedule
What to bring: Please wear appropriate flat shoes that won’t mark the boat and bring a swimsuit and towel
Venue: Brighton Marina


Wakeboarding is a bit like skateboarding but on water. The boys love it, the girls love it . It is great fun and relatively easy.

A wakeboarding lesson at Lagoon Watersports is a great way to learn to wakeboard and gets students up and riding in no time. Everything is provided, just turn up and ride.

The session starts with a brief on-land demonstration on how to get up on the board, and then it will be time to get on the water!

Price: Fixed hourly rate of £95 per hour. Suitable for up to 3-6 students per hour making the price per student £15.83 based on 6 students.
Age range: 10+
What to bring: Swimsuit and towel
Venue: Hove Lagoon

Watersports Courses at Hove Lagoon

Choose to learn one sport over a number of sessions working towards a national recognised qualification.


Enjoy trying a range of actives over a  number of sessions

Stand Up Paddleboarding
Dinghy Sailing
Kayaking and kayak water polo
Raft building and Raft racing
Land based team bonding

Success and fun guaranteed as we will get students out on the water learning a new activity and having a great time. Full tuition and all equipment is provided.

Price and options:
1 hour £14.00pp
90 mins from £16.00pp
2 hours from £18.82pp
3 hours £28.80pp

What to bring: Swimsuit and towel
Age range: 6+
Venue: Hove Lagoon

Coastal Sailing RYA Level 1 Course at Brighton Marina

Students can achieve their RYA Sailing Level 1 qualification. In these sessions we will use a mix of keelboats and yachts depending on the group size. The RYA Sailing Level 1 incorporates learning how to sail, navigate and working as a team:

  • Basic sailing practicing steering and handling the boat including: tacking, gybing and sailing across the wind and taking the helm
  • Learning parts of the boat
  • Ropework
  • Safety and rules of the road
  • Collision avoidance and turning
  • Working as part of the team and as a crew member

Price: £150pp
Duration: 5×2 hour sessions or a time frame that suits requirements
Suitability: 12+
Perquisites: No experience required. This session can also be aimed for those with experience. If required we can focus on RYA Sailing Level 2, 3 or 4. If you would like information on RYA Youth Sailing Level 2, 3 or 4 please email us.
What to bring: Please wear appropriate flat shoes that won’t mark the boat and bring a swimsuit and towel
Venue: Brighton Marina

National Governing Bodies, Associations and Inspections

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the managing and overall awarding body for the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge, which recognises providers offering good quality learning outside of the classroom and managing risk effectively. As part of this process, the Council is working to reduce bureaucracy in schools, whilst maintaining safety and quality in learning.
Check our accreditation – search Lagoon Watersports

The Adventure Activities Licensing Scheme is a Government sponsored scheme, which was introduced in 1996 under the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations. The scheme ensures that those who provide certain adventure activities to young people under the age of 18 years, will have their safety management systems inspected. Lagoon Watersports are inspected by AALA.
View our license – in name Hove Lagoon & Brighton Marina

Royal Yachting Association 
Lagoon Watersports is an OnBoard Centre. This means that it has been specially selected by the RYA as a centre that is exceptional at delivering safe, fun and professional children’s sailing and windsurfing sessions.

Lagoon Watersports is also a British Waterski and Wakeboard (BWSW) Centre and offers the  excellent Bronze, Silver and Gold training scheme with BWSW qualified instructors.

Lagoon Watersports is a British Standup Paddleboarding Association (BSUPA) Centre and offers the BSUPA training with BSUPA qualified staff.

Risk Assessments

All of our risk assessments have been written based on our 20 years experience at delivering children’s sailing and windsurfing sessions and are available to view by email – please ask for a copy to be forwarded to you.


We are covered up to £10,000,000 for our public liability. Please email to request a copy.

Water quality

The water quality in Hove Lagoon is tested regularly 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. The water is salt water which is regularly topped up by being pumped from the sea.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

All the staff that work with children have up to date DBS checks.


All our staff are NGB qualified in the sports they teach, have a passion for watersports, under take in-house training and all have valid first aid training

Hove Lagoon

Hove Lagoon is a truly unique watersports location not just in Brighton but the UK. With a sheltered shallow lagoon for beginners and the sea nearby, it is one of the best watersports venues around. Hove Lagoon is about 200m long, 100m wide and varies from 2 -4 foot in depth.

The safe, shallow and sheltered waters of the Lagoon enable people to progress rapidly as :

  • Waist deep water increases confidence and saves energy can get on and off easily
  • There is no current or tide
  • Lessons are very rarely cancelled due to rough weather which can prevent groups getting on the sea
  • The flat water makes it so much easier to balance and get started rather than having the chop of the sea, even on a calm day
  • The flat water makes it much easier and quicker to learn the correct technique and therefore progress quickly.
  • We are right next to the sea, if it is suitable there is the option to go on the sea.
  • Excellent club house facilities with changing rooms, hot showers, cafe offering BBQ’s, snacks, great coffee and free WiFi

Brighton Marina

Set on the Sussex coastline, Brighton Marina is a central location with easy access to the ocean. Lagoon Watersports at Brighton Marina offers activities that provide a unique way to view Brighton from the Big Blue, as well as providing an unforgettable experience on the water. The marina itself has superb facilities offering an array of shops, restaurants, bars, a multi complex cinema and even a casino for some après sail and team bonding.

  • We have provided RYA training, corporate and group events since 1994
  • We have extensive experience in providing activities and sailing qualifications for a variety of schools and language schools Skippered by highly professional, experienced, qualified and friendly instructors
  • 95% of equipment and staff are in house, we are the provider Safety is of upmost importance and our major priority
  • Fully risk assessed and insured
  • All specialised equipment and life jackets are provided
  • Suitable for complete beginners to advanced levels Club house facilities with changing rooms, lockers, hots showers & free WIFI Brighton
  • Easy parking in the free multi storey marina car park
  • Marina boasts excellent facilities with a plethora of shops, restaurants and entertainment

“We’ve been working with Lagoon Watersports for a number of years, and their activities are always very popular among our pupils. Their staff are knowledgeable and helpful, relating well to children of a range of ages and abilities. Many of our pupils come back year after year. Importantly for us as a school group, they are flexible and work with us to meet our requirements regarding safety regulations as well as logistics. Instruction in a range of watersports is of high quality and the activities are a lot of fun. I always look forward to working with Lagoon Watersports as I know my pupils will receive an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”

Tim Peters, Lancing Prep

We have been using Hove Lagoon now for many years for all our watersports provision. We have had activity weeks, sailing and windsurfing courses and have recently taken part in the schools sailing cup. We have always found the Staff of the Lagoon to be incredibly professional in their work and our students have all made great progress while having a fantastic time. The equipment is up to date and of high quality. I would strongly recommend Hove Lagoon to other schools. They make the booking and organisation easy. Well done Hove Lagoon”

Paul Miller, Deputy Head Cardinal Newman School

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