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Sailing - Improvers and intermediates only (age 10 - 16)



Summer courses will be made live during the week of 7th June 2021.

We have no capacity to operate waiting lists.

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Please read the latest version of our Terms and conditions carefully before proceeding with any bookings 


Our popular sailing courses have had to have a bit of a makeover for 2021, this year they will be for those who are 10 years or older who have already gained the basics and are pretty confident not just sailing on their own but also happy to rig, launch, reef, capsize and recover unassisted and bit their boat away without assistance.

For these aspiring sailors we can offer the opportunity to improve on the kills they already have, hopefully gaining some more signatures in their logbook at whatever stage they are working towards.

The nature of the YSS means that children can earn the landmark stages as and when they can sail to that standard.  There is no pressure to try and complete a stage in a week (and sometimes this is just not realistic), and sailors' skills can grow at their own pace.

The boats that will be available will include the Pico's and Topaz's for individuals maintaining social distancing, if sailors are prepared to sail with a sibling of a similar ability the range of double handers will also be an option.

Our fun-focussed courses always aim to ensure children enjoy the sport, and go away loving sailing with us at Wimbledon Park.

The outcome of each week is dependent on the individual as well as the weather, a windless or excessively windy week, may reduce the skills that any individual is able to demonstrate.

Nervousness comes to all doing something new, or after a period of not sailing so don't worry, we will make sure they have a great time!

If you are concerned about being the oldest, how about bringing some mates or check our Teen Supreme course that is exclusively for 13 – 16 year olds.

Cost: £272 - £340

Check availability and book

Course times

  • 10am - 4pm (during the autumn half term course times start and finish 30 minutes earlier)


  • Must be 10 years of age
  • Improver/Intermediate level (no beginners)
  • Need to be self-sufficient, without outside assistance in the following
    • to rig
    • launch
    • recover from a capsize unaided and recover their own dinghy

What to bring and other important information

  • If you would like to give the participant permission to sign out and make their own way home alone please email us with their full name and name of course . 

  • At least two changes of clothes suitable for the weather conditions (no jeans), include a waterproof jacket and hat
  • Old trainers needed for the water (something secure, not crocs, flip flops or wellington boots)
  • Packed lunch including drink (you cannot go offsite during the course to buy lunch)
  • Towel and Sun protection
  • If you have a wetsuit bring it, if not, not to worry
  • If you have a log book please bring it with you at the start of the week (we do sell them at the Centre £7.50 not on the first or last days of the course)
  • All participants need to arrive ready changed in suitable clothes for the weather conditions, having already visited the toilet and washed their hands. The toilets in the Watersports Centre building will only be available for participants at the end of their sessions.
  • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled session time, registration will take place outside of the centre.
  • Only the participant (and guardian(s) for those under 18) can enter the Watersports Centre operational area, all spectators are welcome to watch from the public benches.
  • Access to inside the building will be limited (eg changing room and shower facilities). 
  • The centre reserves the right to alter the activity based on weather or safety concerns on the day.
  • It is the participants responsibility if they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case to self-isolate as recommended by the government, current guidance for current guidance.
  • We have undertaken new protocols to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 at the Centre, but all participants (and guardians/bookers for those under 18) must take responsibility for the decision to take on the risk of attending.

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Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.