RYA BRITISH YOUTH SAILING CLUBS
The School has been operating for a number of years as a Royal Yachting Associating (RYA) Training Centre and, in 2018, we were delighted to become an RYA British Youth Sailing Recognised Club, one of only 15 clubs nationwide and the only school in the UK to hold this accreditation.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
In the warmer months, we run a variety of different sessions coaching complete beginners through to more experienced paddlers. During the winter months, the more experienced pupils can attend the night sea kayaking activity on Windermere, and our kayak Eskimo rolling sessions take place in a local swimming pool. There are day trips on local rivers and lakes, and two-day expeditions to Scotland or Wales for larger bodies of water and expeditions on the sea.
Pupils in Year 12 and 13 can enrol for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and paddling expeditions with training taking place during the Sixth Form’s weekly CAS sessions. Expeditions are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group and in the last few years, our pupils have completed their qualifying expeditions by paddling the Rivers Spey, Derwent, and Wye. There was a trip to Loch Lomond and Loch Long and the pupils who enjoy sea kayaking completed their expedition around Arisaig, off the West Coast of Scotland.
Pupils may join us as experienced sailors or arrive as novices, and they will receive equally dedicated support to allow them to reach their potential.
We encourage pupils to join as early as possible as many of our highest achieving sailors joined us at the beginning of their school life, at the Junior School.
We have a number of boats used for sail training to suit experience and size, while our mixed team of boys and girls race in Tera and Feva dinghies.
Pupils in Year 7 to 9 enjoy windsurfing as a part of their timetabled Adventure Programme. Those in Year 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.
Windermere School’s highly motivated team of RYA Senior Windsurf Coaches have experience coaching the very latest beginner techniques to the more advanced 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 moves.