Adult Activity Courses

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"

C.S.Lewis

Grafham Water Centre has been running for over 40 years with an excellent reputation for our friendliness and professionalism. We have a fantastic range of both water sports and activity training courses available, all of which are listed on this website.

Whether you are a complete novice or would like to achieve instructor qualifications, we can provide the course for you.

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+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. 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 24th Sep 2016 Full day £55
Sat 24th Sep 2016 Half day AM £27
Sun 9th Oct 2016 Full day £55
Sun 9th Oct 2016 Half day AM £27
Sun 16th Apr 2017 Full day £60
Sun 16th Apr 2017 Half day AM £30
Sat 29th Apr 2017 Full day £60
Sat 29th Apr 2017 Half day AM £30
Sat 17th Jun 2017 Full day £60
Sat 17th Jun 2017 Half day AM £30
Sat 15th Jul 2017 Full day £60
Sat 15th Jul 2017 Half day AM £30
Sat 19th Aug 2017 Full day £60
Sat 19th Aug 2017 Half day AM £30
Sun 24th Sep 2017 Full day £60
Sun 24th Sep 2017 Half day AM £30
Sun 8th Oct 2017 Full day £60
Sun 8th Oct 2017 Half day AM £30

+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.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Sep 2016 to Sun 11th Sep 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 15th Oct 2016 to Sun 16th Oct 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 29th Oct 2016 to Sun 30th Oct 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 8th Apr 2017 to Sun 9th Apr 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 22nd Apr 2017 to Sun 23rd Apr 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 6th May 2017 to Sun 7th May 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 27th May 2017 to Sun 28th May 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 1st Jul 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 15th Jul 2017 to Sun 16th Jul 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 12th Aug 2017 to Sun 13th Aug 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 9th Sep 2017 to Sun 10th Sep 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 14th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017 2 Full days £155
Sat 28th Oct 2017 to Sun 29th Oct 2017 2 Full days £155

+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.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 1st Oct 2016 to Sun 2nd Oct 2016 2 Full Days £155
Sat 20th May 2017 to Sun 21st May 2017 2 Full Days £165
Sat 8th Jul 2017 to Sun 9th Jul 2017 2 Full Days £165
Sat 19th Aug 2017 to Sun 20th Aug 2017 2 Full Days £165
Sat 30th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017 2 Full Days £165

+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.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 to Sun 24th Sep 2017 2 Full Days £165

+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.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 to Sun 24th Sep 2017 2 Full Days £165

+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.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 to Sun 24th Sep 2017 2 Full Days £165

+Windsurf Taster

Never tried windsurfing before? Our instructors will keep the technical jargon to a minimum and help you master the basics in a friendly, informal setting. Sessions are for half a day 9.30am to 12.30pm, we can also offer full days upon request. Taster sessions are designed for people aged 15 years and older. For children below this age, we run beginner sessions at our T15 Club on alternate Saturday mornings throughout the season.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 3rd Sep 2016 Half day AM £27
Sun 16th Oct 2016 Half day AM £27
Sun 16th Apr 2017 Half day PM £30
Sat 13th May 2017 Half day AM £30
Sat 24th Jun 2017 Half day PM £30
Sun 9th Jul 2017 Half day AM £30
Sun 27th Aug 2017 Half day PM £30
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 Half day AM £30

+RYA Start Windsurfing

You will learn about personal preparation, balancing the board and turning through the wind, with plenty of practical time on the water. Back up sessions on safety, equipment and sailing theory will ensure you get the most from your two day course. This course can also be run as personal tuition, please contact us for more information.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 7th May 2016 to Sun 8th May 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 30th Jul 2016 to Sun 31st Jul 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 1st Oct 2016 to Sun 2nd Oct 2016 2 Full days £155
Sat 6th May 2017 to Sun 7th May 2017 2 Full days £165
Sat 1st Jul 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017 2 Full days £165
Sat 9th Sep 2017 to Sun 10th Sep 2017 2 Full days £165
Sat 21st Oct 2017 to Sun 22nd Oct 2017 2 Full days £165

+RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (Non-Planing)

To progress from RYA Start Windsurfing Course, this more advanced qualification will help you fine tune basic skills and make your windsurfing faster and more fluid. New techniques such as the beachstart and harness work will also be taught.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 25th Mar 2017 to Sun 26th Mar 2017 2 Full Days £165
Sat 27th May 2017 to Sun 28th May 2017 2 Full Days £165
Sat 30th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017 2 Full Days £165

+RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two day course will provide you will all your essential boat handling skills. You will cover launching and recovery, boat handling, boat maintenance and emergency procedures following the RYA syllabus. Suitable for people aged 16 and above.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 24th Sep 2016 to Sun 25th Sep 2016 2 Full days £255
Sat 15th Oct 2016 to Sun 16th Oct 2016 2 Full days £255
Sat 12th Nov 2016 to Sun 13th Nov 2016 2 Full days £255
Sat 11th Mar 2017 to Sun 12th Mar 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 29th Apr 2017 to Sun 30th Apr 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 17th Jun 2017 to Sun 18th Jun 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 15th Jul 2017 to Sun 16th Jul 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 14th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 11th Nov 2017 to Sun 12th Nov 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 17th Mar 2018 to Sun 18th Mar 2018 2 Full days £255

+RYA Safety Boat Course

If you plan to use your powerboating skills at local sailing clubs or are following the path as an Outdoor Instructor, then the RYA Safety Boat course is well worth doing. This two day course will teach you all aspects of safety control, including learning to recover all types of craft, from sailing dinghies to canoes.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 25th Mar 2017 to Sun 26th Mar 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 8th Jul 2017 to Sun 9th Jul 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 25th Nov 2017 to Sun 26th Nov 2017 2 Full days £255
Sat 24th Mar 2018 to Sun 25th Mar 2018 2 Full days £255

+Paddlesports Taster

Never tried canoeing or kayaking before? Our taster sessions will help you master the basics and get you out on the water. Choose either a Full Taster Day or Half Day. Half days run in the morning 9.30am to 12.30pm and the afternoon 2pm to 5pm. Taster sessions are designed for people aged 15 years and older. For children below this age, we run our Paddlesports Club on Tuesday evenings throughout the season.

  Date Duration Price
Sun 25th Jun 2017 Half day AM £30
Sun 25th Jun 2017 Half day PM £30
Sun 13th Aug 2017 Half day AM £30
Sun 13th Aug 2017 Half day PM £30

+BCU 1 Star

This one day course is the ideal way to get into the exciting world of canoeing and kayaking. The course covers basic skills such as paddling forwards and backwards and turning. This course is designed for people aged 15 and over. Children under this age can gain their Paddlepower qualifications by attending our Paddlesports Club on Tuesday evenings.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 27th Aug 2016 1 Full day £75
Sun 2nd Oct 2016 1 Full day £75
Sat 29th Apr 2017 1 Full day £80
Sun 18th Jun 2017 1 Full day £80
Sun 16th Jul 2017 1 Full day £80
Sat 5th Aug 2017 1 Full day £80
Sat 26th Aug 2017 1 Full day £80
Sun 1st Oct 2017 1 Full day £80
Sat 14th Oct 2017 1 Full day £80

+BCU 2 Star

Once you've mastered the art of paddling correctly, the next step to further your skills through the BCU training scheme is 2 Star course for adults and the Paddlepower Passport scheme for the youth section. All courses start off on a Saturday and Sunday with completion on the following Sunday. Start time of 0930 with lunch included finishing at 5pm. This course can also be run as personal tuition, please contact us for more information.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 8th Jul 2017, Sun 9th Jul 2017 and Sat 15th Jul 2017 3 Full Days £215
Sun 15th Oct 2017, Sat 21st Oct 2017 and Sat 22nd Jul 2017 3 Full Days £215

+Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is new to Grafham Water Centre in 2015. It is great fun and is good for improving your fitness and agility. Sessions run in the afternoon and are suitable for adults over the age of 18.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 3rd Sep 2016 Half Day PM £27
Sun 16th Oct 2016 Half Day PM £27
Sun 16th Apr 2017 Half Day AM £30
Sat 13th May 2017 Half Day PM £30
Sat 24th Jun 2017 Half Day AM £30
Sun 9th Jul 2017 Half Day PM £30
Sun 27th Aug 2017 Half Day AM £30
Sat 23rd Sep 2017 Half Day PM £30

+Introduction to Climbing (Adults)

If you have never tried climbing before, these sessions are a great way to see what its all about. The sessions will be fully supervised and will give you a great introduction to the sport in a friendly and safe environment.

  Date Duration Price
Wed 12th Oct 2016 2 Hours £15
Wed 26th Oct 2016 2 Hours £15
Wed 7th Dec 2016 2 Hours £15
Wed 14th Dec 2016 2 Hours £15
Thu 9th Mar 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 23rd Mar 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 11th May 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 25th May 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 20th Jul 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 14th Sep 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 5th Oct 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 23rd Nov 2017 2 Hours £20

+Beginners Climbing Course (Adults)

This beginners climbing course is for those who are keen to learn the basics of indoor climbing and develop the necessary competence to enable them to join Grafham Climbing Club. The course includes 8 hours of instruction over 4 consecutive weeks and will cover all the fundamental skills required to climb in an indoor environment.

  Date Duration Price
Wed 7th Sep 2016, Wed 14th Sep 2016, Wed 21st Sep 2016 and Wed 28th Sep 2016 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Wed 2nd Nov 2016, Wed 9th Nov 2016, Wed 16th Nov 2016 and Wed 23rd Nov 2016 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Thu 12th Jan 2017, Thu 19th Jan 2017, Thu 26th Jan 2017 and Thu 2nd Feb 2017 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Thu 13th Apr 2017, Thu 20th Apr 2017, Thu 27th Apr 2017 and Thu 4th May 2017 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Thu 15th Jun 2017, Thu 22nd Jun 2017, Thu 29th Jun 2017 and Thu 6th Jul 2017 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Thu 10th Aug 2017, Thu 17th Aug 2017, Thu 24th Aug 2017 and Thu 31st Aug 2017 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60
Thu 12th Oct 2017, Thu 19th Oct 2017, Thu 26th Oct 2017 and Thu 2nd Nov 2017 4 x 2 Hour Sessions £60

+NICAS Level 1

Once you've got to grips with the basics, why not go for your NICAS qualification? The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) Level 1 is the introductory award. NICAS Level 2 Top Rope Climbing Award is designed to promote good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 3rd Jun 2017 1 Full day £56
Sat 7th Oct 2017 1 Full day £56

+NICAS Level 2

Once you've got to grips with the basics, why not go for your NICAS qualification? The National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) Level 2 is the more advanced award. This course is for 2 full days run over 2 weekends (with the exception of 19/20 January 2016).

  Date Duration Price
Sat 14th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017 2 Full Days £110

+RYA Better Skills Level 3 & Seamanship Skills

This course combines RYA Better Skills Level 3 and Seamanship Skills Module. On completion of this course, the successful sailor will be safety conscious and capable of sailing without an instructor on board in light to moderate conditions. It will be assumed that when starting the course, you will already have mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for the previous levels.

  Date Duration Price
Mon 7th Nov 2016 to Fri 11th Nov 2016 5 Full Days £270 (non residential)

+RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Cevni Test (16+)

The Powerboat Level 2 Course can be used as a practical session for this test, recognised for inland waterways. Please mention when booking your Level 2 Course that you wish to complete the CEVNI test and ask about recommended reading. After sucessful completion, an additional fee is payable to the RYA (this is free for RYA Members). Please contact us for more details.

£25

Testimonials

"Beyond expectations, a great experience"

Mark Butler - 3-4 August 2013