Possibly the best inland sailing venue in the Country

Sailing

Grafham Water Centre is 100 metres from the shoreline of possibly the best inland sailing venue in the Country. The Centre has a large fleet of dinghies to choose from and a team of friendly, qualified and experienced RYA Instructors to guide you. We provide a sailing experience second to none.

Sailing at Grafham

Whether you are sailing for the first time in a Pico, race training, enjoying the excitement of sailing in a multihull, handling an asymmetric spinnaker in a Laser 2000 or learning the finer points of seamanship, the emphasis will be on a hands-on, practical experience in a safe learning environment.  You can choose from a wide range of courses to find exactly what you want.  Courses for beginners are available throughout the season and we have a wide selection of specialist courses for those with previous experience.

Thanks to the wide skill base of our instructional team and the range of equipment available, we can offer coaching at any level you need and can also provide any of the RYA courses in catamarans instead of dinghies, as well as introductory coaching in asymmetric dinghies on request. Please do not hesitate to contact the Centre to help you select the correct course.

+Sailing Taster

Never tried sailing before? Our taster sessions will help you master the basics and get you afloat. Choose either a Full Taster Day or Half Day. Full day starts at 09.30am through to 5.00pm, with lunch provided. Half days run in the morning only from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Stay for the day and we will include lunch too. Taster sessions are designed for people aged 15 years and older. For children below this age, our OnBoard Club runs beginner sessions on alternate Saturday mornings throughout the season.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 11th May 2019 Full day 76.00
Tue 14th May 2019 Half day AM 38.00
Sun 26th May 2019 Full day 76.00
Sun 26th May 2019 Half day AM 38.00
Sat 15th Jun 2019 Full day 76.00
Sat 15th Jun 2019 Half day AM 38.00
Sun 7th Jul 2019 Full day 76.00
Sun 7th Jul 2019 Half day AM 38.00
Sat 3rd Aug 2019 Full day 76.00
Sat 3rd Aug 2019 Half day AM 38.00
Sat 14th Sep 2019 Full day 76.00
Sat 14th Sep 2019 Half day AM 38.00

+Keelboat Taster

A more gentle way to introduce yourself to the sport of Sailing. A larger, more stable boat with a fixed keel which stops the boat from capsizing. Keel boats are a step up in size from dinghies, more like a small manageable yacht. They can bridge the gap between dinghies and yachts, offering many benefits of both, to the adult beginner. A great opportunity for staying warm and dry in the winter months and learning the fundamental kills of sailing without the risk of swimming! Perfect for those less agile or wanting to sail abroad on holiday.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 23rd Mar 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sat 23rd Mar 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sat 20th Apr 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sat 20th Apr 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 26th May 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 26th May 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 28th Jul 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 28th Jul 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 25th Aug 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 25th Aug 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 29th Sep 2019 Half Day 38.00
Sun 29th Sep 2019 Half Day 38.00

+RYA Start Sailing Level 1

Learning to sail can be the start of something new and exciting. This two day beginner course will take you through the basics. You will learn how to rig the boat and turn round safely. Please let us know when booking if you wish to take the course in a crewed dinghy. Lunch is provided both days Timings: 09.30hours to 17.00 hours each day

  Date Duration Price
Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019 2 full days 185.00
Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019 2 Full days 185.00
Sat 5th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019 2 Full days 185.00

+RYA Basic Skills Level 2

An ideal follow up for those who have completed Level 1 or who have some sailing experience. We aim to give you in-depth tuition in sailing the boat effectively round a triangular course and some basic seamanship manoeuvres. By the end of this two day course you should be well on your way to becoming a competent sailor in good conditions. This course can also be run as personal tuition, please contact us for more information. Lunch is provided both days Timings, 9am to 5pm both days

  Date Duration Price
Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019 2 Full Days 180.00
Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019 2 Full Days 180.00
Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019 2 Full Days 180.00

+RYA Keelboat Endorsement RYA Level 1 Sailing

Following the Start Sailing Level 1 syllabus, but in a larger, more stable boat with a fixed keel which stops the boat from capsizing. Keel boats are a step up in size from dinghies, more like a small manageable yacht. They can bridge the gap between dinghies and yachts, offering many benefits of both, to the adult beginner. A great opportunity for staying warm and dry in the winter months and learning the fundamental kills of sailing without the risk of swimming! Perfect for those less agile or wanting to sail abroad on holiday. Maximum of 3 persons on this course Lunch provided on both days

  Date Duration Price
Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019 2 Full days 195.00
Sun 6th Oct 2019 to Mon 7th Oct 2019 2 Full days 195.00

+RYA Better Sailing Level 3

On completion, the successful sailor will be safety conscious and capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light to moderate conditions. This improver course seeks to bridge the gap between RYA Basic Skills (Level 2) and the five Advanced Modules by offering an introduction to the different modules, allowing sailors to select their preferred route within the sport.

This course can be run through personal tuition. Please contact us for more information.

+RYA Seamanship Skills

On successful completion of this course you will be capable of manoeuvring a dinghy in a seamanlike manner and making seamanship decisions in moderate conditions.  It will be assumed that when starting the course you have already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for the previous levels.

This course can be run through Personal Tuition, please contact us for more information.

+RYA Sailing with Spinnakers

On successful completion of this course you will understand how to sail a dinghy rigged with an asymmetric or symmetric spinnaker. It is assumed when starting this course you have already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for previous levels.

This course can be run through Personal Tuition, please contact us for more information.