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Learn Windsurfing Brighton - RYA Level 1

Learn Windsurfing in Brighton with this super 2 day Windsurfing course. Get your RYA Level 1 Windsurfing certification and learn the basic Windsurfing skills you need to get out there in open water!

Price for 1 participant

This Brighton and Hove Windsurfing Course is a perfect introduction to the exhilarating sport of Windsurfing, taught in the sheltered and beginner-friendly Hove Lagoon. Windsurfing is a wonderful sport that uses the power of wind to propel yourself and your board across the water, building on turning skills and control until you are proficient enough to eventually start getting some air!

This Brighton course, run over two days, will teach you the basic but very necessary skills you need to earn your RYA Level 1 windsurfing qualification. This is an ideal beginner's course, but will also be useful to those with limited experience. All you need for this one is a desire to learn and a good attitude, because this is not the easiest of the water sports to pick up. As challenging as it is, it is equally rewarding, and that feeling of mastery when you get your first few good runs is pretty warm and fuzzy!

The RYA Level 1 certificate shows that you are competent enough to hire equipment at RYA centres worldwide and get out there with supervision.

The 2 day Brighton and Hove Windsurfing course covers many of the basic windsurfing techniques that you need to progress safely with the sport. You will have a full introduction to the board and rig and will simulate all the balancing and rig handling techniques while on dry land. You will also be learning how to control upwind & downwind windsurfing, safety & self rescue techniques. There will also be plenty of on-water practicing under the watchful eye of your instructor. By the end of the course you will be able to competently sail an area and be ready to move your skills on even further. Logbook and handbooks are included in the cost of the course and given upon completion of the R.Y.A. certificate.
 

Age requirements: Min age 16 in most locations.
At Nottingham Location Min age is 16 and Max weight is 114kg / 18 stone (chest size 122cm / 48 inch).
All under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
All participants must be confident in the water and able to swim 50m unaided.
This is a 2 day course, exact timings vary between locations.
There will be a maximum of six windsurfers per instructor, group size varies dependent on location.  Spectators are welcome at most centres, please check when booking.
The RYA Level 1 Course is run most weeks at our centres all year round.
All specialized equipment is provided – e.g. wetsuits, buoyancy aids windsurf boards and rigs. Take a swim suit & towel and sun block if it is hot and warm clothes to change into if its not.
Windsurfing courses can be weather dependent and in extreme circumstances the course may be affected. Please check with the centre prior to arrival.
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At Experience Days we are excited to provide you an exclusive interview about the roots and future of Lagoon Watersports in Brighton with one of the founders- Harvery Dawkins. Lagoon Watersports offers a wide range of exciting Watersports such as: Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Sailing and SUPing which can be found via our webpage here.


battle-of-the-paddle-brighton-6011) Please explain a bit of background on Lagoon Watersports and the different activities you offer.


My initial passion was for windsurfing, in particular wave sailing. This passion led to the development of my love for being on and in the water as much as possible. So with my business partner and friend Seb Rouse we started the business in 1994 with just 6 windsurf boards and it grew from there. The increasing popularity of the business meant we began to expand – introducing sailing and kayaking. Seb is a very keen sailor and so specializes in the sailing side- the yachts and powerboats, opening our big boat-sailing and power boating centre in Brighton Marina whereas I manage the centre in Hove Lagoon.

Lagoon Watersports offers a variety of exhilarating water activities including: Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Dinghy Sailing which is brilliantly run by our team of up to 40 employees (during peak season). Since the centres' opening in 2001, the thrilling Zap Cat powerboats immediately became a very popular extreme power boating experience, but personally I prefer a more rustic approach and enjoy the sail and human power rather than the engines.

Wakeboarding has been a sport the staff and I have always been keen on; however it tends to be impractical and expensive due to internal and external factors such as an appropriate boat, driver and a calm sea. But as soon as the new generation of straight line wakeboard cable systems arrived we knew that this was the way to go and invested to become the South Coast's first cable Wakeboard Park.

In the last couple of years, the standup paddle boarding scheme has exploded and this is something I love. It is so accessible yet has the diversity to make the sport as challenging and extreme as you like.


2) How did your passion in watersports turn into a career?


I wanted to go windsurfing when it was windy not when my boss said I could, which was often enough. I just wanted to be completely independent in what I loved to do. Obviously the reality is very different and there's a lot of hours involved but throughout the years I've managed to do a lot of windsurfing, SUPing and wake boarding so it has pretty much worked out as planned.


3) Do you have any exclusive information you can share with us?


We are finding more and more people want to get onto the water. When people visit or even residents of Brighton, everyone wants that connection with the water, it makes you feel good. A recent trend that we are delighted to see seems to be that more and more people are looking for health activities that are more interactive to do outside of the gym, and that is what Lagoon Watersports offers. To coincide with this, we have been adding new classes like SUP yoga, SUP race training, coastal sailing cruises and more advanced training courses to help customers stimulate their passion and reach that next level. Also look out for SUPing (Standup paddleboarding) it's the next big thing!


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4) What makes your experiences unique and special for customers?


Our focus is to offer people the chance not just to try a sport but to go on and practice it on a regular basis; whether that experience is sailing a yacht all the way to France, wake boarding every night after work or going to SUP race events. We try to remove as many of the barriers as we can so that the clients interest can be driven e.g. we provide everything including: equipment, storage space and a team of staff to help train and give advice. Our close team of staff is the spirit to the business and this passion easily translates to the customers. Our staff members enjoy meeting customers and are keen to share their knowledge with the customer and as keen to get out on the water with them. The venues also make a difference. We are very lucky to have such great venues and Hove Lagoon is one of the best centres in the UK to learn such a range of watersports. Whilst Brighton Marina gives us the opportunity to sail sight out of sea.


5) What's your most frequently asked question from customers?


It would probably be either 'Do you provide wetsuits?' Which we do! Or 'what happens if it rains?' As we are already getting wet, we do still run the activities. Watersports have that advantage of being great fun despite the weather; because you are active your body is able to stay warm. We also have a great café you can wind down in après Surf!

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Price Price: £149.00


Who Group Size & Spectators:
There will be a maximum of six windsurfers per instructor, group size varies dependent on location.  Spectators are welcome at most centres, please check when booking.


When Availability:
The RYA Level 1 Course is run most weeks at our centres all year round.


duration Duration:
This is a 2 day course, exact timings vary between locations.


Weather Weather:
Windsurfing courses can be weather dependent and in extreme circumstances the course may be affected. Please check with the centre prior to arrival.


What to wear What to wear:
All specialized equipment is provided – e.g. wetsuits, buoyancy aids windsurf boards and rigs. Take a swim suit & towel and sun block if it is hot and warm clothes to change into if its not.


Requirements Requirements:
Age requirements: Min age 16 in most locations.
At Nottingham Location Min age is 16 and Max weight is 114kg / 18 stone (chest size 122cm / 48 inch).
All under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
All participants must be confident in the water and able to swim 50m unaided.


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