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OnBoard is the RYA's children's sailing and windsurfing programme. It offers children the opportunity to try watersports through their local club or centre in a safe, fun and structured environment.


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Open to all children, OnBoard is a beginner programme that gets people on the water for their first time. Whether you would like to learn how to sail or windsurf, there is no experience or equipment needed to get you started. The programme is also progressive, so you can work your way through the RYA Youth Schemes.

As well as getting fresh air and exercise, children's sailing and windsurfing offer a wide range of invaluable life skills, from problem solving to confidence and teamwork.

Information on children's sailing with OnBoard including course information, character education and the National Curriculum

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OnBoard is suitable for anyone aged 8-18 and no experience is required to learn to sail or windsurf. You don’t need any equipment and you don’t need to be able to swim.

If you’re thinking ‘what should I wear?’ then we would simply recommend being ready with some warm clothes and some old trainers!

Learning to sail usually takes place between spring and autumn and sessions can be from 30 minutes to a few hours. All watersports activity is run at RYA accredited training centres, so it’s completely safe!

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