"Bridging the Gap"

Child development through watersports

What watersports have to offer

Sailing and Kayaking offer a fantastic way to learn a new activity, have fun, make new friends and learn exciting and valuable skills that will help you both now and in the future.

Open to all - you don't have to have sailed or kayaked before.

Personal development.

Teamwork, communication, and the ability to make decisions - these are some of the key reasons why independent schools recognize the benefits of this popular sport.

Sailing is an open sport, and one of the few where it is possible to be on a par with Olympic champions and world-class professional sailors at regattas. Most countries have a National racing program for all ages of sailing.

The OnBoard programme gives young people the opportunity to gain an extensive range of skills and benefits through learning to sail or windsurf in a safe and structured environment.

The programme compliments the national curriculum and provides a variety of valuable life skills that help to build confidence and shape personal development. This represents a tremendous opportunity for schools, colleges and youth groups to get their pupils or members involved. OnBoard is open to anyone aged 8-18 and, whether it's a small group or a large class, we can help you get started.

National Curriculum

  • Sailing and windsurfing cover many areas of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, delivering practical application of academic subjects including geography, maths and science. Working with angles when turning a boat, identifying the effects of air and water resistance, and understanding forces in relation to working with pulleys and levers on a boat are just some examples of this.
  • Sailing and windsurfing engage children in key areas of PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) including building personal identities, improving communication and learning to form good relationships, as well as covering a variety of cross-curricular learning areas.
  • Many aspects of physical education are covered within OnBoard sessions. Sailing and windsurfing help develop physical strength, flexibility, control, balance and spatial awareness, offering both individual and team challenges to those taking part. They also teach important elements of water safety.
  • Collaboration and competition are essential elements of the OnBoard programme, as are evaluating performance and recognising success.
  • English is also covered, with spoken language and effective communication being essential elements of learning to sail. And of course, there is endless creative inspiration to be gained from being on the water and out in the great outdoors.

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