There simply cannot be a better setting for sailing than the home of the original Swallows and Amazons, The Lake District!


Windermere provides a unique sailing experience, which you too can enjoy with the help of our fantastic instructors.

Whatever your age or ability we can help you to discover the fabulous sport of sailing in a safe and friendly environment. From beginners to budding Ben Ainslies, we've got it covered.

We are a recognised training centre for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and we provide both adult and junior courses within the RYA Training Scheme. Follow the links below for course information and pre-requisites from the RYA.

Courses on offer

Adult Sailing Scheme

Dinghy Level 1 - start sailing • Dinghy Level 2 - basic skills • Dinghy Level 3 - better sailing • Start Racing • Seamanship Skills • Sailing with Spinnakers

More info at the RYA website

Youth Sailing Scheme

Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • Start Racing • Seamanship Skills • Sailing with Spinnakers

More info at the RYA website

Sailing in the School Holidays:

Junior Sailing Days

For the Budding Ben Ainslie’s out there! A fun sailing day for beginners or experienced sailors. Our instructors will ensure you have a great day on the water, whatever your ability.

£45 per person 10am-4pm

Easter Holidays: 2nd, 4th, 9th & 11th April

Spring Bank Holiday: 28th & 30th May

October Half Term: 22nd & 24th October

Swallows and Amazons Weeks

A jam packed week of water activities. This week is based around sailing and gaining RYA qualifications, but there will be chance to have a go at windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. Explore the lake and the islands, set sail for the day and find the perfect place for a picnic. Create new friends and unforgettable experiences.

This is a great week that keeps people coming back year after year.

£215 per person 9.30am-4.30pm

22nd – 26th July

29th July – 2nd August

5th – 9th August

12th – 16th August

19th  – 23rd August



Taster, half day and full day sessions

You can book a taster session for a couple of hours sailing, or even come along for the whole day and learn the basics with one of our fully qualified instructors. You can also work towards RYA qualifications.

 There's also the option to book private tuition; prices do vary so have a look at our Private Tuition page for current charges.

Five Week and Two Day Courses

Five Week Courses

Come along for 2 hours each week for 5 weeks and learn the basics of sailing or improve your skills for only £125. This includes free membership to our activity club. Courses start on the following weekends:

27th & 28th April

8th & 9th June

14th & 15th September

If you are a group of 4 or more we can put on a 5 week course with dates and times convenient to you.


Two Day Courses

 The RYA courses are designed to be completed in two full days by those with the recommended pre-requisite experience. You can book these privately at any time. Alternatively, if you would prefer to join a group, we maintain a list of interested parties and will schedule courses according to demand. This will also reduce the cost for your course. Once you have completed a course you will gain free membership to our Activity Club.