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 14th Apr 2018 Full day £65
Sat 14th Apr 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 15th Apr 2018 Full day £65
Sun 15th Apr 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 27th May 2018 Full day £65
Sun 27th May 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Full day £65
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 28th Jul 2018 Full day £65
Sat 28th Jul 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 18th Aug 2018 Full day £65
Sat 18th Aug 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 15th Sep 2018 Full day £65
Sat 15th Sep 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 6th Oct 2018 Full day £65
Sat 6th Oct 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 7th Oct 2018 Full day £65
Sun 7th Oct 2018 Half day AM £35

+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 28th Apr 2018 to Sun 29th Apr 2018 2 Full days £180
Sat 12th May 2018 to Sun 13th May 2018 2 Full days £180
Sat 9th Jun 2018 to Sun 10th Jun 2018 2 Full days £180
Sat 7th Jul 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018 2 Full days £180
Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018 2 Full days £180
Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018 2 Full days £180

+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 19th May 2018 to Sun 20th May 2018 2 Full Days £175
Sat 25th Aug 2018 to Sun 26th Aug 2018 2 Full Days £175
Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018 2 Full Days £175

+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
Sun 15th Apr 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 20th May 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 10th Jun 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 1st Jul 2018 Half day PM £35
Sat 21st Jul 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 19th Aug 2018 Half day PM £35
Sun 16th Sep 2018 Half day PM £35

+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 12th May 2018 to Sun 13th May 2018 2 Days £175
Sat 7th Jul 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018 2 Days £175
Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018 2 Days £175

+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 22nd Sep 2018 to Tue 23rd Oct 2018 2 Full Days £170

+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 17th Mar 2018 to Sun 18th Mar 2018 2 Full days £255
Sat 21st Apr 2018 to Sun 22nd Apr 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 19th May 2018 to Sun 20th May 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 to Sun 24th Jun 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 14th Jul 2018 to Sun 15th Jul 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018 2 Full days £260

+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 24th Mar 2018 to Sun 25th Mar 2018 2 Full days £255
Sat 7th Jul 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018 2 Full days £260
Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018 2 Full days £260

+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 15th Apr 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 20th May 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 1st Jul 2018 Half day AM £35
Sat 21st Jul 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 19th Aug 2018 Half day AM £35
Sun 16th Sep 2018 Half day AM £35

+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
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
Sun 23rd Sep 2018 1 Full day £85

+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 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 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
Sun 15th Apr 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 20th May 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 3rd Jun 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 10th Jun 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 1st Jul 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 19th Aug 2018 Half Day AM £35
Sun 16th Sep 2018 Half Day AM £35

+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
Thu 20th Jul 2017 2 Hours £20
Thu 14th Sep 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

+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