Outdoor Education Schools Watersports
Outdoor Education Schools Watersports
Lagoon Watersports offers children and young people the opportunity to take part in various outdoor adventurous activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and team and raft build.
Lagoon Watersports has over 23 years experience offering watersports to school groups. We offer activities for students age 6+. Although most activities for school groups take place at Hove Lagoon, older students do have the option to take part in sailing and powerboating activities from our coastal centre at Brighton Marina.
The outdoor environment encourages staff and students to see each other in a different light, building positive relationships and improving self awareness and understanding of others.
Our courses offer students a way to enjoy outdoor education, such experiences can motivate children to become successful learners and help develop as healthy, confident and responsible people.
We can offer a range of courses that can lead to a nationally recognised qualification that fits in with the national curriculum. They are suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Awards and BTEC Public Services and Sports Courses.
We are flexible with session planning with sessions running from just one hour upwards. Sessions can be run weekly, over the course of one week or as is convenient to your timetable.
Lagoon Watersports has a wide range of experience of providing activities for students with special needs. In many ways Hove Lagoon is the perfect environment combining safe, shallow and sheltered water with excellent shoreside facilities. We currently work with students who have learning difficulties, behavioural and emotional issues as well as physical difficulties.
Hove Lagoon & Brighton Marina
Our outdoor education courses will help develop:
- Skills of enquiry
- Critical thinking
They will develop personal and learning skills in areas such as:
- Problem solving
- Information technology
- Working with others
- Thinking skills
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education
Why not include a watersport or team build session as part of your PSHE Programme. We can design a session which can fit into your PSHE plan to help equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.
GCSE Physical Education
At this level we can offer tuition and coaching to get the grades they require in Unit 2: Performance of Physical Education.
You can choose from windsurfing, sailing or cable wakeboarding. Over a 4 to 6 week period we will work with the group developing and improving their skills in their chosen sport and help them to obtain the grades they need.
For those with an interest in working within the outdoor education or fitness industry we will focus on improving health and wellbeing through watersports and look at practical skills, teaching skills and social skills that will help employability in this field.
Activities available during school time and after school
(all activities age 8+ unless otherwise stated)
- Sailing (age 6+)
- Coastal sailing (age 12+)
- Powerboating (age 12+)
- Team building/raft building
- Standup paddleboarding
These can be run as :
- Short taster sessions can run from one hour to a few hours
- Regular weekly sessions concentrating on one sport working towards NGB certificates
- Weekly multi activity sessions in a range of watersports run over a number of sessions
- Multi activity days
- Enrichment weeks
- Team building events
- BTEC units
After school clubs
We often work with teachers and schools to deliver after school clubs during term time. These usually run one evening per week and last for around 4-6 weeks or students can join in with our own after school clubs. The children are able to gain qualifications during these courses.
Our staff are passionate about watersports so are happy to deliver an assembly to small groups or year groups. We are always happy to help with promoting activities and are happy to visit schools and take part in assemblies.
Prices start from £14.50 pp please contact us for a quote.
Wakeboarding for BTEC Level 3 Public Services and Sports Courses.
There are several specific BTEC Units that revolve around water based activities, including:
- BTEC Public Service Level Three Unit 11: Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- BTEC Sport Level Three Unit 34: Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- BTEC Sport Level Three Unit 36: Leading Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
In conjunction with the National Governing Body for Wakeboarding (BWSW) we are able to offer NGB accredited courses for these units. There has already been a proven track record having already been successfully delivered to students by another UK based provider.
Why Wakeboarding for BTEC students at Lagoon Watersports :
- fast growing sport
- easy to learn yet exciting and dynamic
- popular with young people
- unique and different to other courses
- we are a working operational business
- real life experience in a real working centre guided by senior instructors
- develop risk assessments in a real working environment.
Courses can be run over 8 -12 weeks. For more information please call 01273 424842 opt 3 or contact us by email.
Youth Work Experience Opportunities
- We are able to offer work experience opportunities to young people. We have a pre requirement that all applicants must have some watersports experience.
- Placements can be for a week or a regular day (e.g. every Saturday for a month)
- Placements are unpaid, but you get the use of our facilities
Schools and Colleges
- Copies of our risk assessments and insurance are available on request
- If you would like to make an on site inspection we may charge you for this, depending on timings and requirements.
To apply please read the information below and call or email us.
Work experience placement role
As a member of the Junior Team at Lagoon Watersports you will play an integral part in the centre operation. You will be expected to use your previous experience in the field of watersports to help the instructors to deliver clinics and coaching sessions to club members. As well as coaching on sessions there will be the daily running of the centre to assist with:
In this area you will facilitate the customers movement throughout the centre by assisting with the distribution/washing and hanging of wetsuits. You will also take a lead in ensuring that users of the Wake Park obtain the correct equipment as well as helping paddleboarders move the SUPs around in the under centre storage area. You will be allocated a radio and will be in communication with the reception team who will keep you up to date with people arriving in your area.
You will be placed in the cafe for some of the busier times of day. Your role in the cafe will be to assist the cafe team with waiting tables. There may be large groups of children having a break from their activities. If this is the case you will be expected to help the instructors working with the groups to manage the children. When in the cafe you will be managed by the cafe supervisor. You will not be involved in food preparation.
Part of the service offered by the Lagoon is to allow users of the centre to take equipment out on the sea. There will be an allocated beachfront officer during our busier times and they are responsible for the safety of the sea users as well as the management of kit. Your role will be to assist the beachfront officer with the kit management side of the operation. This will involve carrying kit over from the grass in front of the centre to the beach, and back again when it is finished with, helping any members that have landed on a different beach to return their kit to the beach adjacent to the lagoon and keeping track of kit on the water (informing the beachfront officer of any equipment that has been damaged). At no time will you be responsible for the safety of water users. While in this role you will solely assisting the beachfront officer.
Assisting on Sessions – Depending on your previous experience the focus of your time on the water will be different:
As a wakeboarder you will be asked to attend the Tantrums Wakeboarding Club. The Club is divided into three distinct areas (Gold, Silver and Bronze). Depending on your skill level you will be required to help at the Clubs of a lower level. You will act as the coach on these sessions so you will be expected to be in a wetsuit as you may have to demonstrate various manoeuvres. There will be a fully qualified cable driver on the dock with you at all times and at no time will you be expected to drive the cable.
As a windsurfer you will be required to attend the Team 15 Windsurf Club. You will be there as an assistant instructor taking the lead from the Lagoon staff member running the session. You may be asked to demonstrate certain manoeuvres or spend time 1:1 with students. There is also plenty of opportunity to receive a bit of tuition yourself. You may also be asked to assist with the adult Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon clinics.
As a dinghy sailor you will be asked to attend the RYA OnBoard Club. A big part of this is helping with rigging, launching and recovery of kit. It is a very popular session run in a confined space and for a limited time. On the water it is important to get involved with offering coaching points to the students and helping to keep the group under control. You will be jumping in and out of boats, so dinghy boots must be worn at all times.
As a paddleboarder you may be asked to attend the weekly paddle clinics that the Lagoon runs. The race training clinic is a great opportunity to learn more advanced techniques from some of our more experienced paddle coaches and improve your fitness. The social/technique clinic is your opportunity to pass on your knowledge to other club members as well as providing assistance to the lead instructor.
You will be expected to remain professional and offer the same quality of service as one of the lagoon team. You will be given a full induction on the first day of employment with us, covering centre policy and operating procedure.
You will be fulfilling roles over the entire site. A few things to consider:
You may have your own kit (wetsuit,windsurf board, wakeboard) and you are welcome to use these during your time coaching with us. There will be times when your personal kit will not be appropriate and you will be required to use the lagoon training kit. This will be decided by the lead instructor. If you do not have your own kit the lagoon will provide full use of the centre equipment.
Footwear is a must when operating in water. Bring an old pair of trainers or some beach shoes, that you do not mind getting wet. They must be closed toe, so flip flops are a no go.
You will be outside in all weathers so make sure you consider this when preparing for the day:
- Waterproofs (we do have a limited supply at the lagoon)
- A change of clothes
You will be provided with a lagoon staff t-shirt that you will be expected to wear while in and around the centre.
Your clothes will get messy. So wear something old.
While working in the cafe you will be expected to wear closed toe shoes and a clean set of clothes.
At the end of your period of work with us you will have a meeting with one of the senior staff to discuss your time here, you will be given feedback on how you have performed and you would be asked to feedback to us on your experience at the centre. The focus of this meeting will be to discuss your future with us, organising further training.
If, during your time at the Lagoon, you wish to talk to a member of the senior team regarding a more serious matter you should speak to the Centre Manager and arrange a meeting. At this meeting you will be asked to bring a representative (whether it be a friend/colleague or member of your family) and the Centre Manager will ask one of the Duty Managers to sit in on the meeting to record it. It is very important to us that you enjoy working at the centre so do not hesitate to express any concerns you have to the senior team.
What The Lagoon Gives You
In return for your time and the effort you put in at the Lagoon you will get:
The main focus of your time will be learning about the industry. Specifically the coaching side. In return for your time, once you are of the correct level, age and show the required commitment, the Lagoon will consider sponsoring you through some of your instructors courses. Once qualified you may be offered employment at the Lagoon as a paid instructor.
You will gain invaluable experience of the watersports industry. Not just in coaching but in all aspects of the business. This will add value to you as an employee and ensure you are more employable
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Frequently Asked Questions
Hove Lagoon is an old Victorian boating lake so has a solid bottom and is only waist deep. This means that any time you need to you can stand up. It is also right next to the sea so on those hot sunny days when there is little wind we can usually expect a sea breeze. Being next to the sea when people are ready we can move their learning away from the lagoon and on to the sea itself. The lagoon is in the middle of a public park so not only do you have the beach near by but you also have a kids play area and a skate park so anyone not taking part will have something to do. There is also an onsite licensed cafe for spectators and participants.
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.
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.
It is very unusual for us to cancel due to bad weather. You will be getting wet so rain is not a problem and if you have people coming to watch they can watch from our cafe which looks out over the lagoon.
Please click here for our full booking terms and conditions and ensure that you understand our cancellation policy.
Be aware rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.
Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.
The reason for this is when you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking, we are therefore unable to offer that space to anyone else. We will have made commitments to staff for your booking and we may have turned away other bookings. Unfortunately we are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss. We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations as we are likely to incur costs.
Course Cancelation 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 and an excess of £25 per claim.
- If you pay by credit card your cancellation maybe covered by your credit card provider.
- Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
- Your holiday insurance may cover you for course when you stay on our boats.
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.