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School Watersports Courses

@ Hove Lagoon and Brighton Marina

Watersports Course at Hove Lagoon

Watersports Courses leading to recognised qualification

We can offer a range of courses leading to a nationally recognised qualification that fits in with the national curriculum, or suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Awards and BTEC Public Services and Sports Courses.

We are flexible with session planning with sessions from just an hour upwards. Sessions can be weekly, daily, what ever suits your requirements.

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

Chose an activity from the following list:

  • Windsurfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sailing
  • Standup Paddleboarding


Multi Activity Courses

Instead of focusing on one activity many groups like to try a range of activities.

Activities available include :

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


Guide price: Please contact us for a quote as pricing can vary based on group size and timings.
1 hour : £14 pp per session
90minutes : From £16 pp per session based on a minimum of 4 sessions
2 hours : From £18.82 pp per session based on a minimum of 4 sessions

Dedicated wakeboarding courses : Please contact us as pricing and recommended duration depends on group size and timings.
Duration: 1 hour upwards

Age range:

  • Sailing – age 6+
  • Windsurfing – age 8+
  • Wakeboarding and SUP – age 10+

Prerequisite: No experience required

Watersports Courses @ Brighton Marina

RYA Youth Coastal Sailing Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4

At Lagoon Watersports students can achieve their RYA Sailing qualifications from Stages 1-4. The certificates within our Youth Sailing Scheme are a significant achievement. Instructors can sign off each skill as students complete it and once completed, student’s certificates can be of used in other areas of study or activities such as PE at school, or the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Stage 1: A basic understanding of sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat. The syllabus will include: rigging, sailing across the wind at the helm and as crew, tacking and gybing, learning parts of the boat and basics of sailing.

Stage 2: A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor. The syllabus will include: sailing at the helm and as part of the crew, trimming sails and balancing the boat, ropework, coming alongside, reefing a boat and collision avoidance.

Stage 3: Rigging, taking the boat out under power and sailing in any direction. The syllabus will include: rigging for the conditions, more advanced sailing techniques and sailing theory. We introduce some racing to expand on trimming and sail skills.

Stage 4: Solve a variety of problems in a boat. The syllabus will include: recovery of person overboard, coming alongside a powerboat, anchoring under sail, better sail trim, more advanced tacking and gybing. After this course they will be qualified to hire a boat from us or most centres across Europe and will have a tidal endorsement meaning they are qualified for sea sailing, not just lake or reservoir.

Price: £30 per session per student
Duration: Weekly sessions of 90 minutes over Spring and Summer Terms. The number of sessions depends on how many stages wish to be achieved. We are also flexible with timings.
Suitability: Age 12+
Prerequisite: These sessions can be aimed for those with no experience to those with experience. We can assess levels and put students onto the course that will suit their ability. If any students already have their Youth RYA Sailing Level 4 we can deliver more technical training or adult qualifications, this can be explained in more detail upon request.

Sailing & Navigation Event

With compasses at the ready students would begin the day by studying charts, in order to plan a trip along the Sussex coastline. Once out on the ocean students will utilise their skills in navigation and chart work whilst learning to sail along the coast. This event creates a great sense of achievement whilst reaching the planned destination. Our sailing and navigation event is a great day for practical and theoretical learning – a fun challenge for all students involved.

  • Reading charts and key symbols
  • Taking bearings and distances
  • Checking tidal information and weather
  • Safety briefing and rules of of the road
  • Plan and execute a trip to Hove, Shoreham or Newhaven
  • Sail the yachts or keelboats and learn the ropes aboard working as part of the crew

Price: £85 pp
Duration: 1 day, 1000-1500
Suitability: Age 12+
Prerequisite: No experience required

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.”

Emma, Eddie’s 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

“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

Just thought I’d let you know Aaron had a great day today and really enjoyed the dinghy sailing he was very happy.

Aaron and Alex have nothing but good things to say about “Chad, he is making the week great fun,keep up the good work. Thank you”


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