in Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, Dorset

The Watersports Academy in Poole offers a wide range of windsurfing courses along with high end equipment hire. We have an extensive range of Starboard boards and Tushingham sails to suit wave riders of all abilities. Our windsurfing lessons take place in the sheltered and waist-deep Poole Harbour, proven to be an excellent training ground for first-time and experienced windsurfers.

RYA Adult Courses (ages 16+)

Start Windsurfing

Jump into windsurfing! The RYA ‘Start Windsurfing’ Certificate gives you the skills and confidence to have fun with this exhilarating sport. We’ll get you on a wide-style board with lightweight sails and teach the essentials including up and down wind turns, rigging and understanding the weather. Once qualified, you can hire equipment from us. £165 per person | Two day course. Includes tuition, wetsuit hire, and RYA certificate.


Mastered the basics? Develop your style with the RYA ‘Intermediate Windsurfing’ Certificate. To ensure a smooth progression, we’ll teach two sections; non-planing to fine tune basic skill, making your windsurfing faster and fluid, and then planing where we build on your blasting skills, foot strap techniques and water starting. £199 per person | Two day course. Includes tuition, wetsuit hire and RYA certificate.

Instructor Courses

Fancy a change of career? A summer job not stacking shelves? or to learn some new skills? then look no further! We have a variety of Windsurfing Instructors Courses running throughout the year! Check out the dates below and as long as you meet the required standards then you could easily be on your way to joining us! If you want to turn your hobby into a career then contact The Watersports Academy on 01202 708283 for more info!!  2017 Course dates

Intermediate Instructor course

11th December 2017
4 Day Course | 9:30am-4pm | £300pp

RYA Youth Courses (8-15 years)

Stage 1 and 2

Get the Kids interested in a new water sport over the holidays. Our two-day RYA Stage 1 and 2 Youth Course will build the basic skills needed to start sailing the board across the wind and back. They’ll have fun with other beginners and our enthusiastic instructors. £110 per person | Two-day course Mondays and Tuesdays. Includes tuition, wetsuit hire and RYA certificate.

Stage 3 and 4

Once they’ve had fun mastering the beginner stage 1 & 2 course, move them up to our two-day RYA Stage 3 and 4 Youth Course. We introduce setting up the board and rigging correctly, enhance their stance on all points of sailing, plus basic harness techniques for stronger winds. £110 per person | Two-day course  Wednesdays and Thursdays. Includes tuition, wetsuit hire and RYA certificate.

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  • Youth Windsurf Club
    Saturdays: 9:30am-11:30am
    £20 per person

    Windsurf club runs every Saturday morning for children aged 8 to 15. Our aim at the Watersports Academy is to develop their passion for windsurfing from complete beginners to racing in regional and even world standard competitions.

    Become a Youth Member for reduced prices, FREE club t-shirt, FREE social nights – and much more.

      • Young rippers (Stage 1-2) 6 places available
      • Blasters (Stage 3-4) 6 places available
      • Academy All-Stars (Race team) 8 places available

    Windsurf Club starts from the beginning of April to the end of September with a new in-take every 2 months. Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am. Weather dependant. 

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    Taster Lessons

    If you’re new to windsurfing or want to brush up, our taster lessons are ideal for getting you out on the water. (Prices based on one person)

    • One Hour | £30 (extra person £20)

    Private Windsurf Lessons

    Prefer 1-2-1 tuition this is for you. (Prices based on one person)

    • One Hour | £40 
    • Two Hours | £70

    Improver Lessons

    Want to improve in certain areas with experienced instructors? (Prices based on one person)

    • Two Hours | £70 (extra person £35)
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    Equipment Rental

    • Beginner | £20 per hour Starboard Rio & Trainer Sail
    • Intermediate | £25 per hour Starboard Rio & Battened Sail
    • Advanced | £30 per hour Starboard Carve & Battened Sail

    Play for longer, get 4 hours for the price of 3.

    50% OFF if you hire only a board or a sail. 

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    Group Discounts

    Windsurfing is best enjoyed together! Book with a friend, as a family or as a group and recieve £10 off per person. Or book with more than 10 people for 2 hours at the price of one.

RYA Youth Windsurfing Course

Wednesday & Thursday | 25th & 26th October
9:30am-4pm | 2 days | £110pp

This is a great introduction to windsurfing – learning all the basics plus having fun too! The course includes tacking, gybing, sailing around a course, understanding the wind, return to start and kit knowledge. (8-16yrs).

Wednesday & Thursday
25th & 26th October
2 days | £110pp

Call 01202 708283 for further details. 

  • Start Windsurfing Instructor Course

    5 Day Course | 9:30am-4pm | £350pp

    Considering an alternative career, or perhaps a great Summer holidays job at the beach? Why not become a Windsurf Instructor! This 5 day course is designed for a beginner level windsurf instructor getting ready for the Summer season.

    Call 01202 708 283 for further details.

  • Intermediate Windsurfing Instructor Course

    11th December 2017
    4 Day Course | 9:30am-4pm | £300pp

    This course is perfect for windsurf instructors wanting to learn more after completing the Start Windsurfing Instructor Course; or if you just want to progress your skills. Course includes beach starts, harness work, faster taking, gybing and sailing in stronger winds. 

    Call 01202 708 283 for further details.