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Active Sail Beginner

sailing - Up to 18 people


Join us at SWAC for a week of fun and exciting learn to sail course for children. SWAC is known for our emphasis on having fun while learning new skills, in the heart of Southampton.

What is it?

Our Active Sail courses are designed around the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme. Our Beginner covers stages one and two over a fun & engaging week. We recognise that children learn differently and the course is designed to progress using a skill based approach. Our focus is to develop confidence ability to sail a small single handed dinghy. By Friday, weather permitting, we embark on a day sail for an offsite picnic before returning to base.

We teach at a ratio of 6:1 meaning children are well supervised and receive specific feedback to make sure they enjoy mastering the sport. Children can expect to sail a boat on their own, or with a friend.

When is it?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering childcare solutions to the public.

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for your children and our staff, we are implementing the following procedures;

  1. We ask that you not send your child if they, or anyone in the household is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will colour coordinate all groups, so your child will join their group straight away after morning sign in. When booking additional days, please always register your child into the same colour group.
  3. We will also all children to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  4. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  5. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

Who is it for?

Eight to sixteen year olds.

How much is it?

  1. £295 per week (peak) or £245 per week (off-peak) including your RYA log book and certificate
  2. Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up are available - bolt these on at the checkout

As an Ofsted registered centre, you are also able to pay using your Childcare vouchers, and can do so by emailing your booking or via our facebook direct messenger.

Please note that refunds will not be issued if you pay with a card and later wish to pay with childcare vouchers

Please note that during the Black Friday discount week. you will not be able to pay with childcare vouchers at the discounted rate.

What to bring


Participants should bring a packed lunch, please note that we do not offer fridge or microwave facilities, due to our COVID Secure Measures.


Hot drinks and water are available from the Centre, but ensure your children have enough water to keep them hydrated throughout the day.


Please note we do not keep children's valuables on site. We suggest leaving expensive valuables at home.

Clothing List

We will provide all specialist equipment such as buoyancy aids, wetsuits and waterproofs.

We advise you bring:

  1. Closed toe footwear
  2. Warm layers would be useful such as a fleece or jumper. It can be much cooler on the water.
  3. Woolly hat / Sun hat
  4. Change of clothes - other than the ones you will wear afloat
  5. Towel, Sun Glasses & security strap, sun screen.


This course is ideal for children aged 8 -16 years with little or no previous experience of sailing.

Childcare Voucher information

Thank you for booking your holiday activity course!

If you have selected to Pay Southampton Water Activity Centre (SWAC) by childcare vouchers –

We accept childcare voucher from the following providers – Please note if your provider is not on this list please talk to our friendly reception team about getting SWAC registered with your provider.

Computer share 0019054180

Fideliti – Register Number SOU071C

Edenred - P 20865421

Childcare plus (are now Sodexo)


Care4 - 95755487

Sodexo – 832569 (was another account in circulation but this should now be closed 222710)

Allsave - are now Sodexo

Governmment Tax Free Childcare - 50008432597

Please can you ensure the Childs Name and Course dates are referenced with payments so we can match payments to the individual participant.

Once you have actioned the payment please can you email – so we can make a note of the payment date in order to inform our finance team of your payment so we can ensure your course is fully paid for.

SWAC OFSTED number EY547339

If you need any further information please contact us here at the centre on 02380 915 753.


For more information about the RYA Youth Sailing Syllabus please click here.


Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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Please note that our new COVID Secure measures, cars and parents are not allowed on site. Our friendly instructors will check you in at the front gate.

Southampton Water Activities Centre

Group discount available

£295 for children

Mon 21st - Fri 25th Feb
09:30 - 16:30 every day · 17 spaces left
Mon 11th - Fri 15th Apr
09:30 - 16:30 every day · 14 spaces left
Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Apr
09:30 - 16:30 every day · 17 spaces left


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