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Start Windsurfing


Learn to windsurf at Southampton Water Activities Centre on this practical 2 day course. During the course we aim to cover the fundamentals of windsurfing and by the end of the course you should be able to sail to a chosen point on the water and return to where you started. Read more of the RYA Windsurfing Pathway here.

What will the Key learning points be? 

  1. rig handling
  2. balance
  3. basic stance
  4. sailing across the wind and turning the board.

Why Learn to Windsurf at SWAC?

  1. Our courses are led by friendly, passionate and qualified RYA Instructors
  2. We offer courses suitable for adults, children, groups and those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities - anybody can learn new skills
  3. We have a variety of brilliant quality kit - allowing us to deliver a diverse range of courses
  4. All specialist kit is provided – including Buoyancy aids and harnesses
  5. Waterproofs tops and trousers are also available – just in case the British weather is determined to get you wet!

Our instructors will guide you through the different elements of the Start Windsurfing course, beginning with a session on the land-based simulator before you head out onto the water.

A course for complete novices looking to learn the basics of windsurfing. The course focuses on getting out on the water and understanding the principles of windsurfing and steering the board. It lays down the foundations needed to safely head out on the water, sail to a chosen point and return to the start location in light winds.

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're following all Royal Yachting Association Training Centre guidance including teaching ratios, social distancing and safety protocol
  4. We will ask all participants to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  5. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  6. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

What to bring

Meals & Refreshments

Participants should bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased from nearby shops and restaurants.

Hot drinks and water are available from the Centre.


We suggest leaving expensive valuables at home or in the car.


What’s included?

  1. Wetsuit
  2. Buoyancy Aid
  3. Spray Top
  4. Helmet

What you need to bring:

  1. Closed-toe shoes (essential)
  2. Swimwear for under wetsuit
  3. Towel
  4. Sun cream
  5. Any of your own sailing kit you might own that you would want to wear


No prior experience is necessary so this course is designed for anyone looking to get into windsurfing. You must be aged 16+


For more information into the Windsurfing Syllabus please click here.

Group discount available

£199 for adults
No times available


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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