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RYA Start Windsurfing

The Start Windsurfing course focuses on the RYA Start Windsurfing syllabus from the National Windsurfing Scheme. The course assumes no prior experience of windsurfing. At the end of the weekend you should have an understanding of rigging and launching your kit, sailing upwind, downwind and across the wind, steering, tacking and gybing.

All of our courses are taught by RYA qualified instructors in groups with a maximum ratio of 6 students to each instructor.  Teaching takes place on the water and in the classroom and we move between the two depending on the group, the weather conditions and the requirements of the curriculum. 

Here are 10 reasons why you should consider starting windsurfing at QMSC:

  1. Adrenaline Water Sport: Windsurfing offers an exhilarating experience as you harness the power of the wind to glide across the water, combining the elements of both sailing and surfing. QM is the largest reservoir of its type and raised 45 ft above the ground - giving you a incredible expanse of water with clear inland winds for that weekly blast. 

  2. Fitness and Physical Benefits: Windsurfing is a fantastic full-body workout that engages your core, legs, arms, and back muscles. It improves your cardiovascular fitness, balance, and coordination.

  3. Connection with Nature and the Environment: Being out on the water gives you a sense of freedom and a unique connection with nature. Windsurfing allows you to enjoy the sport in different wind and water conditions. You can choose calm, serene waters for leisurely cruising or seek stronger winds for an exciting challenge.

  4. Membership Options: QMSC you can join the traditional way and bring your own kit and we have cages to store kit at the club rather than take up space at home. You can also join Select and take the hassle free option with a gym style membership using the club's kit! Select membership included unlimited equipment hire; Discounted 1:1 tuition; use of wetsuits, buoyancy aids, harnesses and helmets; Support and advice from our expert team; Insurance and maintenance of equipment. The club has two 40ft containers full of windsurfing kit ready to go! 

  5. Travel and Exploration: Windsurfing is a global sport, and it provides opportunities to travel to different locations and explore new waters and windsurfing spots around the world. It's a fantastic way to discover new places and cultures. Look out for windsurfing trips we promote with QM's resident pro-coach Simon Winkey

  6. Social Community: Windsurfing has a vibrant and friendly community. Joining windsurfing clubs, groups, or events allows you to meet fellow windsurfers, share experiences, and build lasting friendships with people who share your passion. QM is a surf hang out with plenty of outdoor seating and the club's Claire Cooks café overlooks the water, floor to ceiling windows and comfy seating. You'll find regulars up at the club during the week and at weekends. The club also has free WiFi if you're looking for a place to work and then catch the breeze.

  7. Mental Well-being: Windsurfing offers a sense of freedom and escape from everyday stresses. The combination of physical activity, being in nature, and the challenge of mastering new skills can contribute to improved mental well-being.

  8. Skill Development: Windsurfing requires learning and mastering various skills, such as rigging, tacking, jibing, and controlling the sail. It offers a continuous learning curve, and progressing in the sport can be rewarding and satisfying. QM is a fully equipped and nationally recognised training venue taking your skills development all the way with advanced clinic and pathways to becoming a qualified instructor.

  9. Competitive Opportunities: If you have a competitive spirit, windsurfing provides numerous opportunities to participate in local, national, and international competitions. You can test your skills and challenge yourself against other windsurfers. QM is a venue for the LWA and check out the club speed challenge.

  10. Time on the Water: Windsurfing allows you to spend quality time on the water, whether you prefer short sessions or longer excursions. It's a great way to escape from daily routines and enjoy a unique and refreshing experience. Relax by the water and take in refreshment at our Claire Cooks café.


Ready to go - Taster sessions click here and Start Windsurfing courses click here

Remember, when starting windsurfing, it's important to take lessons from certified instructors, use proper safety equipment, and gradually progress at your own pace to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. We provide all of this and more at Queen Mary.  


Course info

Location: Queen Mary Sailing Club

Minimum Duration: 2 days.

Teaching Ratio: 1 instructor to 6 students.

Logbook included in course price. Certificate also included but not guaranteed unless on successful completion of course.

Learn to Windsurf

RYA Start Windsurfing

An introduction to windsurfing for complete beginners, covering everything you need to know to get afloat. This two day adult course from 0930 to 1600 develops the skills and confidence to windsurf independently

Start Windsurfing is the minimum recognised qualification for Select Windsurfing membership and for hiring windsurf kit at QM.

On this course you will learn a range of practical skills on the way to becoming a confident windsurfer!