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Recreational Sailing Sessions



Join us at Southampton Water Activities Centre for our supervised sailing sessions - rent our sailing dinghies and just bring yourselves!

Recreational sailing is the perfect way to gain experience and time on the water after completing Adult Basic Skills Level 2 / Youth Stage 3 in a safe, supervised way. Our friendly instructors are on hand to answer questions, offer top tips and solve any problems you may have afloat.

Why choose Recreational Sailing at SWAC?

  1. Access to the River Itchen and Southampton Water*
  2. On water safety cover
  3. Opportunity to sail a range of boats
  4. No maintenance & insurance costs
  5. No boat park fees
  6. Equipment & provided

*weather depending

Please note that if you are unable to prove your ability with an Adult Basic Skills Level 2 or Youth Stage 3 RYA Certificate, you'll need to request to book a Direct Assessment, charged at £35.

Please Note:

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering COVID Secure activities to the public.

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

  1. We ask that you not attend if you, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so you will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We will ask all participants 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.

What to bring

If you have your own sailing kit, please bring this with you. If not, we have wetsuits, helmets and buoyancy aids available.


Our recreational sessions are suitable for sailors at Basic Skills Level 2 or Youth Stage 3 and above.


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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