1. Where to Learn
Join a club, go to windsurfing school or get
some personal tuition.
Get a lesson
- The RYA Windsurfing Scheme is THE way to learn
to windsurf. The link below will take you to
the RYA Windsurfing Section.
- The Level 1 course will get you up and going
and hopefully turning around.
- You can gain a Level 1 certificate in 2 days
but most people take about 5 days from scratch
to reach this level.
- The Level 2 course will improve your stance,
your turning ability, get you to beach start
and introduce the harness. Again this can be achieved
in 2 days but more likely will take a 5 day
- Go to http://www.rya.org.uk/Courses/windsurfingcourses.htm
- Your local windsurfing shop may also do lessons.
Join a club
There are hundreds of windsurfing clubs that beginners
can join to improve their windsurfing in the company
of others. Below are just a few examples of clubs
from around the country. Click this link for a complete list: RYA clubs
- South coast: Ocean Motion windsurf
meet every weekend at various south coast locations.
It costs £30 to join and £10 per additional
household member. Thirty percent of its members live
in London but meet up at the south coast. You will
need your own kit but they are a friendly bunch so
you may be able to borrow some.
- South coast:West Wittering windsurfing club email@example.com
Joining the club allows you access to the private beach at West Wittering. They have a club house on the beach with showers and changing rooms, free tea and coffee and lots of summer social events. RYA tuition is also available as well as one on one coaching from Jem Hall. They have a Team15 club and during the season a club manager and safety officer with use of a jetbike should you need rescuing! The joining fee is £40 and the annual membership is £145 per adult and £215 per family.
- Cambridge: www.fendraytonwindsurfers.org.uk
Joining this club gives you the right to windsurf
at the Fen Drayton lake, just off the A14 in Cambridge.
There are also regular e-mail updates on the club
Full membership: £65 per year, Junior
or Family membership: £100 (£25 joining
fee and £5 key deposit)
- Bedforshire: www.brogboroughlake.co.uk is
based on a 200 acre lake in Bedfordshire has a
clubhouse with showers, a well stocked windsurfing
shop and hires out beginner’s kit. Annual
membership costs £160 for an adult, £76
for under 18’s or £235 for a family
- Scotland: www.clydewindsurfing.co.uk ClydeWindsurfing
Club was formed over twenty years ago at Castle
Semple Loch, Lochwinnoch which is just south of
Glasgow. This is still the main location for the
club with its fifty plus membership. The more experienced
members also sail at Largs, Troon, Barrassie and
the Clyde Estuary. Membership costs £20 for
for Juniors and £26 for family membership.
This gives you access to the facilities at Castle
Semple Loch and every Wednesday during the summer
they have a sailing/social evening. Two sets of
beginner’s equipment are also
available for members use.
- Northumberland: www.northumbrian-windsurfing.org.uk are
a roaming club, using the various Northumberland
beaches to sail. However they most often use the
north end of Druridge Bay beach and Ladyburn Lake
in Druridge Bay Country Park. Annual membership
fee is just £15.
Southport Boarding Association: www.sbawindsurfing.org.uk/sba/SBA/index.htm They
have weekend and evening courses based on the RYA
Level 1 and 2 scheme as well as taster sessions.
They also hire equipment and have wetsuits and
buoyancy aids for your use.
- London : www.queenmary.org.uk This
is a man made 700 acre reservoir in south west
London open to dinghy sailors and windsurfers.
It has a large club house with showers, bar and
restaurant. There is a day rate of £10
Mon to Sat and £15
on Sunday. Evenings after 6pm cost £5.
Or pay a one off fee of £155 and £55
a month to use the facilities and reservoir when
the club is open. This fee also includes using
any of their windsurfing equipment and limited
- Team 15: A whole network of
windsurfing clubs across the UK for 15 year olds
and younger. Check out their site: www.team15.org.uk