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Sailing & watersports across the UK

Providing sailing for all

Sailing, watersports & adventure across the UK

All of our Centres are open to all and not-for-profit, helping to provide sailing and watersports to more people across the UK and overseas. Open all-year-round, our Andrew Simpson Centres offer a range of outdoor watersports and sailing courses, activities, clubs, training and adventures for all ages and abilities.

Try something new with our taster sessions, progress in your sport with our RYA accredited courses, or turn your passion into a career with our instructor training.

Open all year round

Our all-season Centres run throughout the year to keep the water accessible to all.

A wide variety of activities

From sailing to windsurfing, foiling to kayaking, theres something for everyone.

Locations across the UK

We have coastal and in-land Centres across the UK and partnerships overseas.

Schools & groups

We host school & youth group days and regular participation clubs throughout the year.

Business facilities

Our Centres offer meeting rooms, catering options and free wifi for businesses.

Providing sailing for all

Explore our most popular activities

We’ve got watersports for everyone across our RYA accredited training centres. Learn to sail, progress in your field or master your skills. Our year-round courses for all age groups and abilities are sure to get you out and enjoying the water.

Sailing

Learn to sail, progress with RYA courses and advance with race & instructor training.

Windsurfing

From a taster of your first launch to progressing to advanced techniques and stronger winds.

Paddlesports

Our kayaking and SUP activities and courses are the perfect introduction to the water.

Foiling

We have courses in SailFoil, WindFoil, WingFoil and eFoil for intermediate and advanced.

Taster Sessions

Try something new without commitment with our watersports & sailing tasters.

Winging

From flying the wing ashore and getting afloat to progressing into WingFoiling.

Join in with the fun

Discover our not-for-profit Centres

We have Centres across the UK at both coastal and inland locations, close to transport links to help bring accessible sailing and watersports to more communities. We also have partnerships overseas and specialist Centres.

Birmingham

West Midlands

Reading

Berkshire

Portland

Dorset

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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Courses & Activities

ASC Performance Academy

Through our team of expert coaches, we offer high quality training for sailors in class specific programmes and our foiling pathway. We help sailors transition into a different class and provide the very best chance of success at every level.

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Andrew Simpson Yachting

Andrew Simpson Yachting offers the full range of practical RYA yachting, power and motor boat practical and theory training. We can also create personalised packages, own boat tuition and the opportunity to extend your horizons with our Milebuilder events.

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How we’re transforming lives

Our success stories

We work closely with groups and individuals to help them grow and succeed through learning new skills, building confidence and developing essential teamwork and leadership skills. Explore some of our success stories below.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing throughout 2022

We believe that participating in sailing and watersports promotes positive health and well-being. Therefore, we have developed two charitable programmes which focus upon young people’s physical and mental health.

The Holiday Activity Fund providing Opportunities on the water for all

In 2022, Andrew Simpson Centres received HAF funding from their local councils, with the support of footballer, Marcus Rashford. The aim of HAF is to provide support to children in receipt of free school meals throughout the holiday periods.

Over 1300 young people took part in our Community Clubs in 2022

All Community Clubs are subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. 88% of the young people who took part in one of our Community Clubs said they felt part of the sailing and watersports community and 50% achieved accredited qualifications.

Our upcoming events

What’s on across our Centres

Explore our upcoming events and open days and discover ways to get involved with your local sailing and watersports community.

2024 IAPS Regatta

ASC Portland Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset, United Kingdom

The IAPS Regatta gives students from prep schools across the UK the opportunity to come together and compete out on the water. This provides a platform for young sailors to […]

How to take part

Community clubs

In 2022 1,355 subsidised community club sessions were delivered across our centres with support from the Andrew Simpson Foundation. If you would like to join one of our community clubs, you can explore the options below.

Sailing Club

Learn to sail, progress with RYA courses and advance with race & instructor training.

BYS Windsurfing Club

A community with regular club sessions for aspiring windsurfers at all levels, available at Portsmouth, Reading and Birmingham.

Race Club

A weekly sailing club aimed at children and young adults at RYA Stage 3 or equivalent sailors, enabling them to learn and develop racing techniques.

Learning outside the classroom

School trips and youth group activity days

Outdoor education gives students a difference perspective on learning , which can help them achieve their full potential. The Andrew Simpson Centres’ activity days make the outdoors even more fun with a wide range of sailing and watersports activities and bespoke packages ready to be designed.

Find out more about our group activity days

Supporting your sailing community

Volunteering opportunities

All of our centres are not-for-profit and rely on the generous support of local businesses and individuals. If you or your team might be interested in helping out and making a difference in young people’s lives please get in touch and one of our team will get back to you for an informal chat.

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    Whether you’d like to ask about a bespoke activity, a course recommendation or anything else, our friendly centre team will be able to help. Call during normal opening hours (Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm) or send a message with the form below:

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      Head office details

      Andrew Simpson Foundation
      First Floor
      13A Church Rd,
      Poole, Dorset BH14 8UF

      You’re in safe hands

      All of our courses are led by industry-leading professionals, with experience in working with children and those with additional physical and learning needs.

      Recognised as experts

      Our centres have RYA accredited instructors and coaches, meaning you are getting the highest level of expert tuition for you and your family.

      Ethical fundraising

      We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator, showing that we are committed to fundraise in a way that is legal, open, honest and respectful.

      Not sure where to go?

      If you’d rather speak to a person, get in touch with our Centres directly on +44 (0)300 124 0449 9am – 5 pm, Monday to Saturday to have a chat.