OFF THE PRESS: It’s been a summer of sailing to remember for Windermere School, with several of its students beginning the new academic year as Nation...
Windsurfing is based at Hodge Howe, our RYA training centre, on the shores of Lake Windermere. With the very latest windsurfing boards and sails from Tushingham and Starboard to suit any size and experience, the School provides the perfect opportunities for beginners to advanced riders.
Students in Years 7 to 9 enjoy windsurfing as a part of their timetabled Adventure programme. Those students in Years 10 to 13 who wish to Windsurf, can take it as an after-school activity and advance to the higher stages of the RYA syllabus, from beginner to future instructors.
Windermere School’s highly motivated team of RYA Senior windsurf coaches have experience of working around the world, coaching the very latest beginner techniques to the more advance racing moves.
All instruction follows the RYA Youth Windsurfing Syllabus with students learning the basics of how to get up and go, through to hooking in and the very latest freestyle move.
|Course||Assumed Knowledge||Course Content||Ability after the course|
|Stage 1||None||All fun and no theory. Get on the water and discover Windsurfing. We will get you up and sailing in no time.||Able to sail to a chosen point on the water and return to where you started in light winds|
|Stage 2||Standard Stage 1 Sailor||Learn to tack and gybe, helping you make progression towards and away from the wind||Able to sail on all points of sailing in light winds, tacking and gybing|
|Stage 3||Competent stage 2 sailor||A mixture of theory and practical, introducing beach starting and harness technique, with time spent improving tacking and gybing in stronger winds||Able to sail on all points of sailing in a variety of conditions, knowing when to tack and gybe, use the harness and beachstart|
|Stage 4||Competent stage 3 sailor||Hook in and hang on! This stage builds on a confident ability to tack, gybe and sail in the harness with an introduction to basic footstrap technique||Able to sail around using the harness, knowing when to tack and gybe, showing a basic ability to use the footstraps.|
Three of our four daughters have been boarders at the Senior School following our unexpected move to Hong Kong in 2012. One moved back to board at Windermere following two years in Hong Kong and our youngest can't wait to follow in her footsteps and return as an overseas boarder into Year 9. We cannot fault the standard of education and care which the girls have enjoyed throughout their Windermere journeys. In particular, we love the location - and the way in which the Lake District becomes part of the curriculum - and the international flavour of the Senior School.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring National Park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.
When you live there, Windermere School becomes more than just an academic institution. Apart from academics, the School puts great emphasis on personal development. To me, this has meant that my three years in the national park were some of the most positive, enjoyable and prosperous years of my life that have put me in a convenient position in terms of university and my future adult life.
I have sent my children to Windermere at 11 years old and is easy to say how they have feel. I have had to call them as they never have time to call home. Lots of friends, lots of fun, interesting education. I would recommend this school to everybody, it is a perfect choice to ensure your children will learn a new language open their mind and increase their international relations.
Our daughter is having a marvellous time at Windermere School. She has always been well supported socially and educationally. The staff provide a wide variety of fun and interesting activities within the classroom, encouraging learning and development in a relaxed and fun environment taking them from Forest School in Pre-Prep to Adventure lessons in juniors, the outdoor space and sailing school is also a real advantage as nowhere can offer what Windermere school has! We love what the school has brought to our daughter... happiness! We can't ask for much more, as she works well and comes home with a smile.
We see our daughter growing in confidence every week - both socially and academically. After a difficult time in her previous School, she is flourishing in the caring environment where she can be herself again. The tutor system at Windermere is very special and has played a huge part in her settling in, being encouraged to make the most of exciting opportunities on offer and feeling a valued part of the school community very quickly.