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Kids watersports holiday activities

Our nationwide not-for-profit centres offer land-based and watersports activities throughout the school and summer holidays for kids aged 5 and over.

Our kids watersports holiday clubs run across our centres in Portland, Portsmouth, Reading and Birmingham. Each of our centres offers a variety of watersports holiday activities to get kids out on the water, learning new skills and having fun.

Childcare vouchers & tax-free childcare
Early drop off available
Fully qualified and DBS checked staff
Activities for 5-15 year olds
Ofsted registered centres
For all levels of ability

Find your perfect watersports holiday club

Activities: Variety of sailing, watersports & land-based activities*
Centres: Portland, Portsmouth, Reading & Birmingham
Ages: 8 to 15 years
Duration: Single days or one week, Monday to Friday
Activities: Variety of sailing, watersports & land-based activities*
Centres: Portland, Portsmouth, Reading & Birmingham
Ages: 5 to 7 years
Duration: 5 morning or 5 afternoons, Monday to Friday
Options: Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and Advanced
Centres: Portland, Portsmouth, Reading & Birmingham
Ages: 8 to 15 years
Duration: 5 full days, Monday to Friday
Options: Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and Advanced
Centres: Portsmouth & Reading
Ages: 8 to 15 years
Duration: 5 full days, Monday to Friday
Options: High Performance Sailing Week, Intermediate Race Training, Winging & Wingfoiling Weeks*
Centres: Portland & Portsmouth*
Ages: 8 to 15 years
Duration: 5 full days, Monday to Friday

Not sure what to book?

Give us a call and we can help you with choosing the perfect holiday week or activity day for your kids. Whether you’re looking for a week of fun or an opportunity to improve on their existing training.

Portland: 01305 457400
Portsmouth: 023 9266 3873
Reading: 0118 930 3467
Birmingham: 0121 820 2079
Central: 0300 124 0449

*Activities on offer will vary between centres. Please see activity breakdowns for the specific activities on offer at each centre. Not all activity/course options will run at each available centre and some activities will be weather-dependent. Please see activity breakdowns for details about which courses/activity weeks run at each centre.

Watersports
Activity Days

1 day free when booking 5 days*

The new name for our ‘Extreme Adventure’ holiday club.

Designed to encourage a love of the outdoors, our high-energy activity days combine games and friendly competition with developing water confidence and skills in a wide range of watersports activities.

The challenges they overcome will help your child discover hidden strengths they never knew they had and establish friendships to last a lifetime. Our watersports activity days are the perfect antidote to modern life, helping them enjoy keeping active, try something new, and discover the power of teamwork.

We provide all of the watersports and safety equipment they’ll need. All they need to bring is suitable wet and dry clothing, closed toe shoes, a drink and their lunch.

Ages

8 - 15 years

Timings*

9:30am - 4:30pm

Early Drop Off

8:30am

The activities available and price of the club will vary across our centres. See below for details and how to book.

*Timings at ASC Portsmouth are 10am - 4.30pm.

†Early drop off is available for £6 per day. Discount automatically applies to a 5-day block booking.

ASC Portland

Watersports
Activity Days

At ASC Portland

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Single Day:
£85
Five Days:
£340

Early drop off available for £6 extra per day. *Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Watersports Activity Days at our other centres:

Watersports
Activity Days

At ASC Reading

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Windsurfing
Raft building
Single Day:
£85
Five Days:
£340

Early drop off available for £6 extra per day. *Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Watersports Activity Days at our other centres:

Watersports
Activity Days

At ASC Birmingham

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Soft archery
Raft building
Single Day:
£45
Five Days:
£180

Early drop off available for £6 extra per day. *Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Watersports Activity Days at our other centres:

Watersports
Activity Days

At ASC Portsmouth

Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Canoe rafting
Climbing & high ropes
Archery
Team games
Single Day:
£48
Five Days:
£192

Early drop off available for £6 extra per day. *Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Watersports Activity Days at our other centres:

Sea Monkeys

Discounts apply when booking 5 days*

Half-day watersports sessions to build little kids’ confidence on the water and introduce them to a wide range of fun activities on the water and on land.

This course is aimed at getting the youngest sailors out on the water, having fun, making friends and learning about our watersports. We tailor the sessions to be land and water based whilst games and activity-focused. We work to low ratios of one instructor to three children so the children can make happy memories and feel confident on the water.

Ages

5 - 7 years

Timings

9:30am - 12:30pm or 1:30pm - 4:30pm*

The activities available and price of the club will vary across our centres. See below for details and how to book.

*Discounts are automatically applied when choosing a 5-day block booking. Timings at ASC Portsmouth are 10am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Explore sea monkeys across our centres
ASC Portland

Sea Monkeys

At ASC Portland

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Single Day:
£65
Five Days:
£245

*Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 25% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Sea Monkeys at our other centres:

Sea Monkeys

At ASC Reading

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Single Day:
£60
Five Days:
£240

*Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Sea Monkeys at our other centres:

Sea Monkeys

At ASC Birmingham

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Soft archery
Raft building
Single Day:
£35
Five Days:
£140

*Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 20% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Sea Monkeys at our other centres:

Sea Monkeys

At ASC Portsmouth

Sailing
Kayaking
Paddleboarding
Canoe rafting
Climbing & high ropes
Archery
Team games
Single Day:
£55
Five Days:
£250

*Price above for 5 days is inclusive of the 10% discount.

Check availability & book online

Or explore Sea Monkeys at our other centres:

Sailing Weeks

Five-day courses designed to focus on progressing young sailors to their next level, from beginner to advanced.

Our beginner courses provide an introduction to youth sailing and follow the RYA stages 1 and 2 over the course of a week, with no previous sailing experience required. For experienced sailors, our Improver, Intermediate and Advanced Weeks help them grow existing skills, following the RYA syllabus.

Ages

8 - 15 years

Timings

9:30am - 4:30pm

Early Drop Off*

8:30am

The activities available and price of the club will vary across our centres. See below for details and how to book.

*Early drop off is available for £6 per day.

Explore sailing weeks across our centres
ASC Portland

Sailing Weeks

At ASC Portland

Beginner

Learn to sail over the course of a week! Our beginner sailing week is a fun-filled week of basic sailing for children aged 8 and above. No experience needed. The course aims to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates.

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online
Improver

The next step for young sailors ages 8 and above who have achieved their RYA Stage 2 and want to progress on to the next level! A refresher of skills over 5-days, whilst working towards their RYA Stage 3 certificate.

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

A week-long advanced course for sailors aged 8 and above who have already achieved their Stage 3 certificate. Sail in a range of boats and practice skills in double-handed dinghies, working towards your RYA Stage 4 certificate.

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online
Advanced

For young sailors who have completed the RYA Stage 4 certificate. The week aims to focus on two of the RYA advanced modules: RYA Seamanship Skills, RYA Start Racing & RYA Sailing With Spinnakers. Each week is adapted to suit the participants needs.

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online

Or explore Sailing Weeks at our other centres:

Sailing Weeks

At ASC Reading

Beginner

Learn to sail over the course of a week! Our beginner sailing week is a fun-filled week of basic sailing for children aged 8 and above. No experience needed. The course aims to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online
Improver

The next step for young sailors ages 8 and above who have achieved their RYA Stage 2 and want to progress on to the next level! A refresher of skills over 5-days, whilst working towards their RYA Stage 3 certificate.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

A week-long advanced course for sailors aged 8 and above who have already achieved their Stage 3 certificate. Sail in a range of boats and practice skills in double-handed dinghies, working towards your RYA Stage 4 certificate.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online
Advanced

For young sailors who have completed the RYA Stage 4 certificate. The week aims to focus on two of the RYA advanced modules: RYA Seamanship Skills, RYA Start Racing & RYA Sailing With Spinnakers. Each week is adapted to suit the participants needs.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online

Or explore Sailing Weeks at our other centres:

Sailing Weeks

At ASC Birmingham

Beginner

Learn to sail over the course of a week! Our beginner sailing week is a fun-filled week of basic sailing for children aged 8 and above. No experience needed. The course aims to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates.

5 day course:
£290
Check availability & book online
Improver

The next step for young sailors ages 8 and above who have achieved their RYA Stage 2 and want to progress on to the next level! A refresher of skills over 5-days, whilst working towards their RYA Stage 3 certificate.

5 day course:
£290
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

A week-long advanced course for sailors aged 8 and above who have already achieved their Stage 3 certificate. Sail in a range of boats and practice skills in double-handed dinghies, working towards your RYA Stage 4 certificate.

5 day course:
£290
Check availability & book online
Advanced

For young sailors who have completed the RYA Stage 4 certificate. The week aims to focus on two of the RYA advanced modules: RYA Seamanship Skills, RYA Start Racing & RYA Sailing With Spinnakers. Each week is adapted to suit the participants needs.

5 day course:
£290
Check availability & book online

Or explore Sailing Weeks at our other centres:

Sailing Weeks

At ASC Portsmouth

Beginner

Learn to sail over the course of a week! Our beginner sailing week is a fun-filled week of basic sailing for children aged 8 and above. No experience needed. The course aims to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates.

5 day course:
£355
Check availability & book online
Improver

The next step for young sailors ages 8 and above who have achieved their RYA Stage 2 and want to progress on to the next level! A refresher of skills over 5-days, whilst working towards their RYA Stage 3 certificate.

5 day course:
£355
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

A week-long advanced course for sailors aged 8 and above who have already achieved their Stage 3 certificate. Sail in a range of boats and practice skills in double-handed dinghies, working towards your RYA Stage 4 certificate.

5 day course:
£380
Check availability & book online
Advanced

For young sailors who have completed the RYA Stage 4 certificate. The week aims to focus on two of the RYA advanced modules: RYA Seamanship Skills, RYA Start Racing & RYA Sailing With Spinnakers. Each week is adapted to suit the participants needs.

5 day course:
£380
Check availability & book online

Or explore Sailing Weeks at our other centres:

Windsurfing
Weeks

Five-day courses dedicated to windsurfing skill progression and advancement, following the RYA windsurfing modules.

We offer courses for complete beginners through to those ready for specialised modules, covering everything from beach starts and rig control through to advanced techniques. Our Windsurfing Weeks only run at our Portsmouth and Reading centres. For windsurfing at Portland, please look at our neighbour centre, Original Test Centre.

Ages

8 - 15 years

Timings

9:30am - 4:30pm

Early Drop Off*

8:30am

The windsurfing weeks available and price of the club will vary across our centres. See below for details and how to book.

*Early drop off is available for £6 per day.

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ASC Portsmouth

Windsurfing Weeks

At ASC Portsmouth

Beginner

Make a splash with Windsurfing on our action-packed learn-to-windsurf week. No experience needed. We will aim to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates over the course of the week.

5 day course:
£335
Check availability & book online
Improver

Work on those riding skills over our week-long Improver Windsurfing Week. Progress your windsurfing skills through beach starting, harness technique and improved control of the rig.

5 day course:
£335
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

Send it on a week of intermediate windsurf training with our expert instructors. Practice your rig control through training activities in harnessing and footstrap technique.

5 day course:
£335
Check availability & book online

Or explore Windsurfing Weeks at our other centres:

Windsurfing Weeks

At ASC Reading

Beginner

Make a splash with Windsurfing on our action-packed learn-to-windsurf week. No experience needed. We will aim to cover the RYA Stage 1 and 2 certificates over the course of the week.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online
Improver

Work on those riding skills over our week-long Improver Windsurfing Week. Progress your windsurfing skills through beach starting, harness technique and improved control of the rig.

5 day course:
£340
Check availability & book online

Or explore Windsurfing Weeks at our other centres:

Race Training &
Advanced Weeks

Give your child the ultimate challenge with our specialised race training and advanced weeks in sailing, winging and foiling.

We offer advanced sailing, windsurfing and wing foiling courses for experienced sailors who are looking to take their skills to the next level. We offer beginner and intermediate sailing race training, and sailors are able to being their race training once they have gained their RYA Stage 3 sailing certificate. We also offer Wingsurf & Wingfoil Weeks, teaching the basics of flying the wing ashore and sailing across the wind, right through to taking your first flights and mastering foil.

Ages

8 - 15 years

Timings

9:30am - 4:30pm

Early Drop Off*

8:30am

The activities available and price of the club will vary across our centres. See below for details and how to book.

*Early drop off is available for £6 per day. Discount automatically applies to a 5-day block booking.

Explore race training & advanced weeks across our centres
ASC Portsmouth

Race training &
Advanced Weeks

At ASC Portsmouth

Beginner race training

An intensive week of beginner level race training, aimed at those with RYA Stage 3 and above who have little to no experience of racing. The perfect top-up for those who haven’t raced in a while!

5 day course:
£355
Check availability & book online
Wingsurf and Wingfoil

This week of youth winging is perfect whether you are a seasoned winger or you have never seen a wing before, this is the place for you.

5 day course:
£380
Check availability & book online

Or explore Race Training & Advanced Weeks at our other centres:

Race training &
Activity Weeks

At ASC Portland

Beginner

An intensive week of beginner level race training, aimed at those with RYA Stage 3 and above who have little to no experience of racing. The perfect top-up for those who haven’t raced in a while!

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online
Intermediate

An intensive week-long training camp for club level sailors who want to improve their sailing in their chosen class. Our expert race coaches will help you on your way to the next gold medal!

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online
High Performance

Challenge yourself to an extreme week of sailing! A fantastic sailing opportunity to get a taster of a range of high-performance dinghies. From Catamarans to 29ers to performance single-handers.

5 day course:
£395
Check availability & book online

Or explore Race Training & Advanced Weeks at our other centres:

The kit list

What do you need to bring?

We provide all the specialist watersports equipment you people will need for their club or course, including a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, spray top and helmet.

Participants just need to bring along: swimwear, towel, water, suncream, weather appropriate clothing, spare pair of shoes to wear in the water (closed-toe), lunch and snacks.

Where to find us

Centre locations

We have four incredible UK centres at both coastal and inland locations, each offering a different variety of land and water based activities.

Have a question about one of our holiday clubs? Speak to our friendly centre team who will be able to help with any specific queries you might have, or help to advise you on the best fit for your young person, whatever their stage of sailing and watersports.

ASC Birmingham

0121 820 2079

101 Genners Ln, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3NU
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ASC Reading

0118 930 3467

Tuesday to Sunday 9am -4:30pm

Hangar Road, Theale, Reading, RG7 4AP
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ASC Portland

01305 457400

Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay Portland, DT5 1SA
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ASC Portsmouth

023 9266 3873

Eastern Rd, Portsmouth PO3 5LY
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Everything you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

No, we do not include meals with our holiday clubs. Please send a packed lunch, snack and a drink in a refillable bottle which we can top up with water as needed. Please be aware that we cannot refrigerate the lunches. Please do not include anything with nuts in case there are individuals with allergies present.

No, our holiday clubs are not residential. However, if you are looking to book a group visit, please enquire with the centre directly about accommodation partners.

Yes we do! You can book using our individual centres' Ofsted numbers which are all found in the FAQ tab below.

You can use childcare vouchers for part or full payment when booking your children on to any course or activity at all our Andrew Simpson Centres. We are registered to accept payment from all major childcare voucher providers and are always happy to register with new providers if necessary.

  • Before making a booking, call or email the centre you would like to book at, with the details of the activities you would like to book and the name of your childcare voucher provider. They will make the booking for you and provide any details you need to make the childcare voucher transfer. Unfortunately, we cannot apply childcare vouchers retrospectively if you have already made your booking
  • Your space will be reserved for 7 days
  • Login to your childcare voucher provider system and inform them that you would like to spend your childcare vouchers with us
  • When making the payment with your provider please ensure that the Invoice Number we give you and your child’s name are included in your payment details for us to be able to link the payment to your child’s place
  • Please allow at least 14 days when making your booking before the start of the activity to allow time to process the childcare voucher payment

Many providers will simply request for the centre postcode or Ofsted Registration Number to find the Andrew Simpson Centre and process payment. Please see this information below:

ASC Portsmouth
Postcode: PO3 5LY
Ofsted number: 2728460

ASC Portland
Postcode: DT5 1SA
Ofsted number: 2728463

ASC Birmingham
Postcode: B32 3NU
Ofsted number: 2728461

ASC Reading
Postcode: RG7 4AP
Ofsted number: 2728462

Unfortunately, we cannot apply childcare vouchers retrospectively if you have already made your booking. However, if you have paid a deposit, you can pay for the balance of your bookings using childcare vouchers. Please contact the Centre if you would like to do this.

Most of our full-day clubs run from 9.30am until 4.30pm. There are breaks during the day for snacks, lunch, re-applying suncream, drinking plenty of water and to get changed. Our half-day clubs run both morning and afternoon slots which you can choose at the time of booking. These usually run from 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4.30pm and include a break for a drink and snack.

Some of our centres vary the timings slightly to ensure adequate time to safely get everyone ready for the water, so please check the timings on individual courses or your booking confirmation email. Please contact the centres directly to confirm the timings if you are unsure.

Yes absolutely! All of our centre staff are fully DBS checked and safeguarding is our priority, so you can drop off your child for their session. If you would like to stay and watch the activities, many of our centres have seating areas or cafes on site, so please get in touch with our centre team to find out more.

We offer early drop off for £6 a day, which allows you to drop your child in to us at 8.30 in the morning, where they can take part in some quieter activities on land before the whole group arrives. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer early drop off for children attending our Sea Monkeys holiday club at the moment due to their younger ages and the need for greater staff numbers with them.

You can book early drop off sessions on individual days here.

We can usually include children in activities if they are slightly older or younger than required. Please get in touch with our centres on 0300 124 0449 to let us know the activity you'd like to include them on and the age of your child and we'll be able to give you a quick answer as to whether this is possible.

Still have questions?

You can speak to our team during opening hours using the contact details for each centre, or send us a message using this form. We aim to get back to all messages the next working day, but during busy times this may be a little longer.

You can also contact our central team on 0300 124 0449

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