Due to the success of our Olympic sailors and rowers there has never
been a better time to get involved with water sports. Initiatives by RYA
(Royal Yachting Association) and BCU (British Canoe Union) have
encouraged clubs that previously only opened for their members, to open
their doors to all.
In North Somerset there are now a variety of venues set up to offer
water based activities. These can take the form of evening activities on
the water close to guide units that are ideal for taster sessions, through to
centres further a field where girls can gain qualifications and expertise in
assisting and instructing the younger and less experienced.
All the centres are RYA or BCU recognised and are licensed by the
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.
Overleaf are a just a small selection that are fully equipped, have trained
staff and are just waiting for your call. Give your girls the chance to
experience Sailing, Canoeing and Windsurfing for themselves.
The activities are surprisingly well priced.
- Cheddar Reservoir Wed & Thurs evenings Sailing and Windsurfing
£4.00 per Hour (based on 6 people)
- Baltic Wharf, Bristol Wed Evenings Sailing £3.00 per session
- Full days & Weekends at South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre - Practice sessions from £9.00
- Day sessions and residential Multi Activities, sailing, canoeing, kayaking etc.
Wimbleball Lake Dulverton, Somerset.
Dingy Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking & Raft building
From taster sessions through to internationally recognised RYA qualifications.
Camping is available for units wishing to spend more than one day
at (£3.00 per person)
The setting is stunning and the activities superb. There are non water based
activities on hand as well.
- Multi Activity Taster Days.
Spend a day at Wimbleball Watersports Centre. The activities are split into
two. Half a day on the water and half a day with land based environmental
activities £15.00 per person. (based on a group of 16 girls)
Courses are available for girls wishing to take RYA Sailing and Windsurfing
qualifications. These courses lead to instructor qualifications.
Ideal for Rangers & Young Leaders.
- Rowing - Girls interested in learning how to row can get instruction at a special rate
£6.00 for a 2hour session. (minimum of 4 sessions a year)
If you have a group of girls that would like to learn more a presentation
can be arranged at your unit meeting. (better if a few units get together
If you have a water based activity that you would like your unit to get
involved in, let us know
Remember a bad day on the water is better than a good day
at school or the office!
Contact Details: Watersports
Ann & Jim MacDonald (County Boating Advisors)
E mail: jim @mactrashop.co.uk