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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+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
Sat 23rd Mar 2019 Half Day
Sat 20th Apr 2019 Half Day
Sat 20th Apr 2019 Half Day
Sun 26th May 2019 Half Day
Sun 26th May 2019 Half Day
Sat 29th Jun 2019 Half Day
Sat 29th Jun 2019 Half Day
Sun 28th Jul 2019 Half Day
Sun 28th Jul 2019 Half Day
Sun 25th Aug 2019 Half Day
Sun 25th Aug 2019 Half Day
Sun 29th Sep 2019 Half Day
Sun 29th Sep 2019 Half Day

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

+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

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

+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. Lunch provided on both days

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

+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. 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
Sun 12th May 2019 Half day PM
Sat 25th May 2019 Half day PM
Sat 1st Jun 2019 Half day PM
Sun 16th Jun 2019 Half day PM
Sat 22nd Jun 2019 Half day PM
Sun 30th Jun 2019 Half day PM
Sat 6th Jul 2019 Half day PM
Sat 13th Jul 2019 Half day PM

+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. Lunch is provided both days. This course can also be run as personal tuition, please contact us for more information.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019 2 Days
Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019 2 Days
Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019 2 days

+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 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019 2 days
Sat 28th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019 2 days

+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. You can also complete your RYA ICC CEVNI qualification as part of this course for an extra fee (to be confirmed) this is recongnised for inland waterways.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019 2 Full days
Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019 2 Full days
Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019 2 Full days
Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019 2 Full days
Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019 2 Full days

+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 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019 2 Full days
Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019 2 Full days
Sat 19th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019 2 Full days

+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 1.30pm - 4.30pm. 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 26th May 2019 Half day AM
Sun 26th May 2019 Half day PM
Sat 15th Jun 2019 Half day AM
Sat 15th Jun 2019 Half day PM
Sun 14th Jul 2019 Half day AM
Sun 14th Jul 2019 Half day PM
Sat 3rd Aug 2019 Half day AM
Sat 3rd Aug 2019 Half day PM
Sun 18th Aug 2019 Half day AM
Sun 18th Aug 2019 Half day PM
Sat 14th Sep 2019 Half day AM
Sat 14th Sep 2019 Half dam PM

+British Canoeing 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
Sun 29th Apr 2018 1 Full day £85
Sun 10th Jun 2018 1 Full day £85
Sun 22nd Jul 2018 1 Full day £85
Sun 19th Aug 2018 1 Full day £85

+British Canoeing 2 Star

Once you've mastered the art of paddling correctly, the next step to further your skills through the British Canoeing 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 7th Jul 2018, Sun 8th Jul 2018 and Sat 14th Jul 2018 3 Full Days £220

+Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a new sport which is growing from strenght to strenght and is becomming extremely popular which is why we've given you more opportunities to try this sport at Grafham Water Centre this year!. It is great fun and is good for improving your fitness and agility. Sessions run in the morning and are suitable for adults over the age of 18.

  Date Duration Price
Sun 12th May 2019 Half Day AM
Sat 25th May 2019 Half Day AM
Sun 16th Jun 2019 Half Day AM
Sat 6th Jul 2019 Half Day AM
Sat 13th Jul 2019 Half Day AM
Sun 4th Aug 2019 Half Day AM
Sat 24th Aug 2019 Half Day AM
Sun 15th Sep 2019 Half Day AM
Sat 28th Sep 2019 Half Day AM

+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 14th Mar 2018, Thu 21st Mar 2019, Thu 28th Mar 2019 and Thu 4th Apr 2019 4 x 2 Hour Sessions
Thu 20th Jun 2019, Thu 27th Jun 2019, Thu 4th Jul 2019 and Thu 11th Jul 2019 4 x 2 Hour Sessions
Thu 26th Sep 2019, Thu 3rd Oct 2019, Thu 10th Oct 2019 and Thu 17th Oct 2019 4 x 2 Hour Sessions

+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.

+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