RYA Sailing Courses on Lake Windermere

Learn to Sail with our RYA Sailing Courses, or develop your existing skills, at Windermere School’s private water sports centre on the shores of Windermere Lake.

Our courses cater from complete beginners to very experienced sailors both in the mornings and the afternoons. We run the RYA level 1 to 4, as well as Seamanship and racing courses. Pupils can sail in a range of dinghies, including our fleet of brand new Zest dinghies, according to wind conditions and skill levels. Pupils are split on ability and the ratio is six pupils to each instructor.

Taught by our highly qualified instructors, all of whom are either staff, current pupils or ex pupils of the school. Participants can expect a hands-on, fun, and engaging experience. They will push their personal boundaries, develop new skills and become more confident on the water learning resilience and self-confidence. If you have any queries about the RYA Sailing Courses then please email John Lightburn on summer@windermereschool.co.uk for details.

Hodge Howe, our private water sports centre, is accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as an officially recognised club for British Youth Sailing. Windermere School is the only school in the UK to hold this status.

Both morning and afternoon sessions will see pupils work their way through the RYA Sailing Courses and each pupil will have their own personal logbook recording their progress. More advanced courses are available on request.

The course is suitable for pupils aged 8-17 years. The cost of both the morning course and the afternoon course is £200 for the week, it is possible to book full-day sessions for £400. The morning course runs from 10 am to 1 pm while the afternoon session runs from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.  We also offer single-session taster sessions on request please just get in touch! 

Download our Joining Information booklet to know more, or book your child’s place below. If you have any questions relating to Windermere School’s Holiday Courses please email summer@windermereschool.co.uk.

Our program of courses also includes Adventure Courses, Performing Arts Course, and Adult Sailing Courses.