Windsurfing & Dinghy Sailing

With an impressive fleet of both Dinghies and windsurfers as an RYA accredited centre we can offer training from complete beginner through to intermediate sailor.
We also offer a variety of RYA courses in both Windsurfing Sailing and Youth Groups
Come and Try:
Dinghy Sailing

So you have always wanted to try your hand Dinghy sailing? But not sure its for you.

  Come along and join us and see what its all about before enrolling in a full training course.

At Ladyburn Lake we have a modern fleet of sailing dinghies consisting of RS Quba, RS Tera, RS Feva and Dart Catamarans. We also have single and double Access Dinghies for people with mobility impairment and wheelchair users.

Our Come and Try sessions aim to maximise your time on the water, our experienced RYA instructors will find you the right boat on the day,  quickly teach you the basics and then be on hand to help you enjoy your first experience out on the water every step of the way.

Half Day £55 Full Day £90

Come and Try:

So you have always wanted to try your hand Windsurfing? But not sure its for you.

Come along and join us and see what its all about before enrolling in a full training course.

Our brand-new fleet of Red Paddle Co Windsups, along with the help and guidance of one of our RYA qualified instructors make learning the basics a breeze.

Our Come and Try sessions aim to maximise your time on the water, a quick introduction on land then straight out on the water, getting up, getting going, working towards your first turns and hopefully getting hooked.

Half Day £55 Full Day £90

Development Days

Already completed an RYA dinghy or windsurfing course and want to consolidate your learning before moving on to the next stage or just in need of a refresher. On our development days we will aim to facilitate the learning to meet your individual needs plus throw in some top tips to improve your performance.

£90 per day; (10% discount for those having previously completed their course through the Coquet Shorebase Trust)

 Can’t find what you are looking for?


TRY BESPOKE: We will do our best to arrange it for you.  Our instructors or guides plus your equipment requirements are available from £120 per day.  For group bookings (3+) all of our courses can be arranged for times and dates that are convenient to you or otherwise we would be happy to design a course that meets your needs.  Email or call us to discuss your requirements

RYA Courses

The National Sailing Scheme is a series of short courses enabling the learner to progress quickly from beginner to expert in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment.

LEVEL ONE – Start sailing

An introduction to sailing dinghies for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision.

Learn how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering

2 Days £180

LEVEL TWO – Basic Skills

Build your confidence and develop your skills. By the end of this course, you’ll be a competent sailor in light winds.

Rigging, launching, and building confidence sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.

This course is available as either a 2-day course for those who have Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1 Start Sailing or as a complete course for beginners running over 4 days.

2 days £180, 4 days £340

LEVEL THREE – Better Sailing

Improve your sailing consolidating skills and trying new ones in a variety of conditions

Further coaching to consolidate the skills learned during Level 1 – Start Sailing, and Level 2 – Basic Skills. Short taster sessions from the advanced modules such as Day Sailing and Seamanship skills.

2 days £180

Dinghy Seamanship Skills

Improve your boat handling and manoeuvring ability in a range of different circumstances and develop the seamanship skills needed to solve problems afloat such as Launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances. Stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, picking up a mooring and anchoring.

This course will be combined delivery from our Shorebase at The Braid on Amble Estuary and at Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park.

Required experience

Sailing skills to the standard of the Level 3 Better Sailing.

2 days £180


Our courses in the National Windsurfing scheme cover everything from the basics of sailing across the wind and tacking, right through to perfecting your Beach starts and providing the foundation skills for the carve gybe.

RYA windsurfing COURSE:
Start Windsurfing

An introduction to windsurfing for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat under supervision. Your instructor will guide you through the fundamentals needed to confidently windsurf, tacking and gybing in light winds to a desired point.

2 days £180

RYA Windsurfing COURSE:
Intermediate Windsurfing (Non Planing)

Having grasped the basics skills of windsurfing, progress your skills and learn new techniques. Your instructor will build your confidence on the water, enabling you to sail on all points of sailing in stronger winds, coaching you through more fluid transitions using faster tacking and gybing and developing new techniques such as beach starting and using a harness.

2 days £180

Youth Courses

As a member of the RYA’s OnBoard children’s sailing and windsurfing programme. We offer children the opportunity to try watersports through our centre in a safe, fun and structured environment. Open to all children, OnBoard is a beginner programme that gets people on the water for their first time. Whether you would like to learn how to sail or windsurf. The programme is also progressive, so you can work your way through the RYA Youth Schemes.

As well as getting fresh air and exercise, children’s sailing and windsurfing offer a wide range of invaluable life skills, from problem solving to confidence and teamwork.

The Coquet shorebase Trust can offer the full range of RYA youth Scheme courses from

Youth Sailing Stages 1 to 4

Youth Windsurfing Stages 1 to 3

 Certificates in the Youth Sailing and Windsurfing schemes are significant achievements. Instructors sign off each new skill learned and once completed, certificates can be used in other areas of study or activities such as PE at school or the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


Links for teachers and youth leaders for course information, character education and the National Curriculum can be found on the ‘Get Onboard’ page on the RYA website.

For schools and group prices or further information please tap here for our contact page

RYA Sailability:

We are an RYA Sailability Centre and we have been providing watersports activities for people with disabilities for over 30 years.

Most of our activities take place at Druridge Bay Country Park, on a medium sized lake, but we also use the Coquet Estuary at Amble.

At both venues we have changing facilities which are wheelchair accessible. Access to the water at the Country Park includes a jetty with a hoist.

We have 4 ‘Access’ dinghies which can be used by people with severe mobility problems – they cannot capsize and you sit in a canvas ‘deckchair’ with joystick steering.

We have both solo and 2-person dinghies to enable a carer or instructor to go in with you