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 50 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.

Take a look at our RYA Flow Chart for further information on how to progress through the RYA Sailing Scheme, or if you need further information please visit the RYA Website at www.rya.org.uk

 

RYA Flow Chart.pdf

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+Sailing Introduction

Never tried sailing before? Our Introduction 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 4.30pm, . Half days run in the morning only from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Tea and coffee are provided Taster sessions are designed for people aged 15 years and older.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 1st May 2021 half day 42.00 per person
Sat 1st May 2021 full day 82.00 per person
Sat 5th Jun 2021 half day 42.00 per person
Sat 5th Jun 2021 full day 82.00 per person
Sat 24th Jul 2021 half day 42.00 per person
Sat 24th Jul 2021 full day 82.00 per person
Sat 21st Aug 2021 half day 42.00 per person
Sat 21st Aug 2021 full day 82.00 per person

+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. Please bring your own packed lunch both days. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Timings: 09.30hours to 17.00 hours each day

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Apr 2021 to Sun 11th Apr 2021 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 5th Jun 2021 to Sun 6th Jun 2021 2 Full days 195.00
Thu 22nd Jul 2021 to Fri 23rd Jul 2021 2 Full days 195.00
Sat 21st Aug 2021 to Sun 22nd Aug 2021 2 full days 195.00
Sat 18th Sep 2021 to Sun 19th Sep 2021 2 full days 195.00
Sat 23rd Oct 2021 to Sun 24th Oct 2021 2 full days 195.00

+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. Please bring your own packed lunch both days, tea and coffee will be provided. Timings, 9am to 5pm both days

  Date Duration Price
Sat 29th May 2021 to Sun 30th May 2021 2 Full Days 190.00
Sat 10th Jul 2021 to Sun 11th Jul 2021 2 Full days 190.00
Sat 4th Sep 2021 to Sun 5th Sep 2021 2 Full days 190.00

+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. . These are half day sessions AM Only

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Apr 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person
Sun 2nd May 2021 Half Day AM 42.00 per person
Sun 6th Jun 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person
Sun 25th Jul 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person
Sun 22nd Aug 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person

+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. Please bring your own packed lunch both days. Tea and coffee will be provided This course can also be run as personal tuition, please contact us for more information. Timings, 9am to 5pm both days

  Date Duration Price
Sat 17th Apr 2021 to Sun 18th Apr 2021 2 days 195.00
Sat 29th May 2021 to Sun 30th May 2021 2 days 195.00
Sat 10th Jul 2021 to Sun 11th Jul 2021 2 days 195.00
Sat 7th Aug 2021 to Sun 8th Aug 2021 2 days 195.00

+RYA Intermediate Windsurfing

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. Please bring your own packed lunch both days, tea and coffee will be provided.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 31st Jul 2021 to Sun 1st Aug 2021 2 days 190.00
Sat 18th Sep 2021 to Sun 19th Sep 2021 2 days 190.00

+RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two day course will provide you with 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 of £45, To complete this, please bring with you a passport photo, a copy of your passport and payment made payable to the RYA. Alternatively the RYA membership for the year is also £45, and the ICC would then be free as this is included as membership benefit. This is recognized qualification for inland waterways. www.rya.org.uk Please bring your own packed lunch both days, tea and coffee provided

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Apr 2021 to Sun 11th Apr 2021 2 Full days 280.00
Sat 29th May 2021 to Sun 30th May 2021 2 Full days 280.00
Sat 4th Sep 2021 to Sun 5th Sep 2021 2 Full days 280.00
Sat 23rd Oct 2021 to Sun 24th Oct 2021 2 Full days 280.00

+Paddlesports Introduction

Never tried canoeing or kayaking before? Our taster sessions will help you master the basics and get you out on the water. The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward. We will be running half day paddle tasters in kayaks, canoes and SUPs, where you will get recognition in the form of an E certificate after completion. Taster sessions are designed for people aged 15 years and older.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Apr 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person
Sat 1st May 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person
Sat 5th Jun 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person
Sat 24th Jul 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person
Sat 21st Aug 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person
Sat 4th Sep 2021 Half day PM 42.00 Per Person

+Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a new sport which is growing from strength to strength 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 afternoon and are suitable for adults over the age of 18.

  Date Duration Price
Sat 10th Apr 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sun 2nd May 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sun 6th Jun 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sun 25th Jul 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sun 22nd Aug 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sun 5th Sep 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person
Sun 5th Sep 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person
Sat 18th Sep 2021 Half day AM 42.00 per person
Sat 18th Sep 2021 Half day PM 42.00 per person

+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
Thu 22nd Apr 2021, Thu 29th Apr 2021 and Thu 6th May 2021 3 x 2 hour sessions 78.00 Per Person
Tue 7th Sep 2021, Tue 14th Sep 2021 and Tue 21st Sep 2021 3 x 2 hour sessions 78.00 Per Person
Mon 18th Oct 2021, Mon 25th Oct 2021 and Mon 1st Nov 2021 3 x 2 hour sessions 78.00 per person

+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.

£28

Testimonials

"Beyond expectations, a great experience"

Mark Butler - 3-4 August 2013

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