Special Needs Watersports Activities

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Watersports for Students with Additional Needs

Watersports for Students with Special Needs

Lagoon Watersports is experienced in providing activities for students with a variety of special needs. Hove Lagoon is the perfect environment for these students as it is a shallow, sheltered area of water that is easily accessible. There are full changing facilities that are are easy to access. There is also an onsite cafe if you are keen to make a longer day of your session.

We work with students with learning difficulties and behavioural issues as well as physical difficulties.

In 2016 we ran a variety of sessions including :

  • Wake boarding and sailing for groups of blind students
  • Wakeboarding for a group with hearing impairments
  • Sailing for students with physical and learning difficulties
  • Multi activity sessions for groups with behavioural issues.

Full tuition and all equipment including wetsuits is provided for all activities.

The following activities are available but if you are unsure as to what would be the best option for your group please call us as we will be happy to discuss what would be the most suitable for your particular group :

  • Windsurfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Standup Paddleboarding
  • Raft building and racing
  • On land team challenges

Guide Price and options:

1 hour £16.00 pp

90 mins from £21.00 pp

2 hours from £25.00pp – choose up to two activities

3 hours £35.00 pp – choose up to three activities

4 hours £45 pp – choose up to four activities

5 hours £50.00 pp – choose up to 5 activities

6 hours £55.00 pp – choose up to 6 activities

Book 4 or more session and save 10%.

We work to a ratio of 1:6. If an additional instructor is required for a group of 6 there is an additional fee of £35 for the first hour and £18 per hour after that.

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What to Bring
Swimwear: To wear under the wetsuit and impact vests 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.

Health and safety

  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessments can be emailed to you.
  • We are inspected by the the RYA, BWSW and LOtC.
  • All staff are training to NGB standards.
  • Any staff that work with children are DBS checked

Cancelation Policy

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 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.

Our Advice

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 where you stay on our boats.

Cancellation charges

• 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. 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 course over £150 and £10 for course 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.
Please make sure you have read our full booking terms and conditions 

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Sailing have a go taster sessions @ Brighton Marina

 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: £45 pp

Duration: 2 hours. We can work around your schedule

Ages : 10+

What to bring: Please wear appropriate flat shoes that won’t mark the boat and bring a swimsuit and towel

Venue: Brighton Marina

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Once again a very successful trip, with enthusiastic and encouraging staff at the Lagoon

Miss Caulfield, Head of Prep Outdoor Pursuits

Wakeboarding was really good fun and Hove Lagoon was a good location. The staff are nice and the water was clean. I would really recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind getting wet, because you will get wet! Even if you have not done it before it is easy to learn. The most enjoyable bit is being on the water at fast speed and not falling off!

Ellis Wardle, Pupil

The trip was epic! On my first go, I got up on my feet and I was wakeboarding! Then I fell, but I got up and did it again and again until I could do a jump start and get to the other end of the lagoon faultlessly. It was challenging with the cold water and wind but the thrill made up for it without a doubt. Overall a great trip which put a smile on my face for the rest of the day

Billy Mathur, Pupil

Eddie has just returned from the 2nd day of the windsurfing course today. He had a fabulous time. It was fun watching him in the sunshine and seeing him progress from being a complete beginner to sailing across the lagoon on his own. Many thanks to Amber for the expert tuition. Eddie already says he wants to return for the next level. It was great fun.”

Eddies Mum

“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

Booking :

Call 01273 42 48 42 option 2 or email us.

Site Visits:

Please feel free to call us to arrange a site visit.

Health and Safety Documentation:

Insurance and copies of risk assessments can be emailed to you on request.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 8 weeks notice.

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