Windsurfing on the Welsh Harp is run by a welcoming team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteer instructors and member helpers. The Reservoir offers 125 acres of open water and is best suited from beginner up to intermediate windsurfers. As a volunteer club we have no paid staff, we rely on members getting involved and being part of the club in order for us to continue to offer good quality equipment, facilities and training.
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How to become a Windsurfing member
Everyone starts by attending two Thursday evening Taster sessions at £10 each. All Windsurfing sessions need to be Booked online ahead of the session, current details of what you will need to bring are on the Booking page.
- Windsurfing Tasters and Training sessions take place on Thursday evenings from 6pm until sunset starting on 13 May through to 3rd September 2021.
- Beginners and those needing a refresher can Book their 1st session on the following dates 27 May, 3 June, 10 June,1 July, 8 July and 5 August.
- Experienced Windsurfers and anyone taking their 2nd session can Book on any Thursday starting 13 May – 2 September.
- The Windsurfing Training and Taster sessions are open to Adults and Juniors aged from 16 years who can windsurf with a parent/guardian.
- The Windsurfing Team do not Instruct Juniors under 16 years. Attendance of Juniors under 16 years with windsurfing experience will be considered at the discretion of a Senior Instructor and they must have a Windsurfing parent or guardian with them at all times and themselves be able to windsurf already. To discuss this further please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Getting on the water will depend upon how many turn up and how many Instructors we have on the night.
- We supply equipment, buoyancy aids and wetsuits for supervised training sessions.
- You must bring your own swimming kit and old pair of trainers you can wear in the water and a towel. NO FOOTWEAR - NO WINDSURFING !!
Beginners and Refresher Sessions: Aimed at both beginners and those still gaining experience, our qualified instructors will give you a beginner lesson on land and then assist you on to the water to put it all into practice. The session will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. If you take a second taster this will build on the first session, followed by some supervised practice on the water. To get the most out of these sessions’ students should attend 3 sessions in succession since each evening builds on the previous one. Before attending the 3rd session you will be expected to join the club as a member. If you are unable able to attend 3 sessions in a row it might be possible to join the following group from another week.
Experienced Windsurfer Sessions: Perfect if you have gained your RYA Start Windsurfing course or you can sail on all points of sailing in moderate winds and return to the shore under the prevailing weather conditions on the day. One of our instructors will brief you and allocate you suitable equipment so you can get out on the water for a trial session. The duration of the session will be determined by how busy we are that evening.
After your two sessions you can become a member.
The Taster session payments are deductible from your Membership fee.
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What happens after you become a member– your route to check out
All members can continue to windsurf during the Thursday evening sessions. To be able to windsurf outside of these supervised sessions all Windsurfers need to be checked out.
Beginners and Refreshers: Training will continue, this is primarily aimed at getting members to a suitable standard so they can be checked out.
Experienced Windsurfers: competent windsurfers will need to attend a minimum of 2 further sessions before check out will be considered.
Check out: We operate club checkout to allow members to sail independently outside of organised sessions. Members need to attend a minimum of 4 Training sessions and are eligible for check out once their windsurfing and knowledge of the club and equipment reaches a standard where they are capable of windsurfing safely, without safety cover, whilst complying with club rules.
Membership offers access and use of the water and facilities and allows members to launch their own equipment. All members need to be checked out before windsurfing outside of organised sessions. We have a WhatsApp group for checked out members in order to arrange times to Windsurf with others.
To progress further we offer RYA courses and clinics at extra cost. These will be run occasionally at weekends subject to demand and instructor availability.
Junior Windsurfing Members - Juniors under 16 years with windsurfing experience will be considered at the discretion of a Senior Instructor and they must have a Windsurfing parent or guardian member. For further information please contact email@example.com
Club windsurfing equipment is primarily available for training and organised sessions such as Thursday evening Tasters and Training sessions and club racing.
Certain kit is also available free of charge for club members to use outside of organised sessions subject to club check out and club rules, it is not costed as part of the membership fee. We have a range of Starboard, Bic and Hi-Fly boards suitable for training up to intermediate planing level and a good range of rigs to suit the conditions. Beyond which you would progress to buying your own kit.
Members who wish to store and use their own personal boards and sails at the club will need to purchase a board licence and carry current third party insurance.
This will allow you to store your board on the open racks near the beach and rigs downstairs in the clubhouse basement.
We have been running Autumn and Spring fun racing series mostly on Saturday mornings on Starboard Rios and sails up to 6.7 sq m.
You don't have to be an expert windsurfer or racer to take part it is aimed at all levels as long as you can sail in all directions then you can race with us. It is a great way of improving your windsurfing and getting out on the water with others when conditions allow.
Questions + Answers
Why do you limit Windsurfing Tasters and Training to those aged 16 years and above?
Unfortunately, we do not have enough volunteer instructors to cover the ratio needed to instruct those younger than 16 years.
Is there somewhere local that might instruct Windsurfing to those younger than 16?
The Phoenix Canoe and Outdoor Centre at the other end of the Welsh Harp have previously run courses.
What ability level is the Welsh Harp reservoir best for?
The reservoir is best suited from beginner up to intermediate windsurfers.
Can I take lessons?
Membership includes Free basic training on Thursday evenings from mid May – September. RYA training courses and clinics are run occasionally at weekends at an additional cost. All courses are for Members only.
What is checkout?
We operate club checkout to allow members to use equipment outside of organised sessions. To be checked out you must show - you are a competent windsurfer, able to use and store equipment properly and safely unsupervised and understand how the club works.
If am already an experienced windsurfer do I still need to be checked out?
Yes - all members need to be checked out. And it will take a minimum of 4 sessions before being eligible for checked out.
Can members use equipment whenever they want?
Members can have use of certain equipment most days (see below), as long as they have been checked out.
What boards and sails does the club have?
We have a range of Starboard, Bic and Hi-Fly boards suitable for training up to intermediate planing level and a good range of rigs to suit the conditions.
Does the club rent equipment?
No - We are not a rental centre. Our equipment is free to use for members only.
When is the club open?
All year round for checked out members on a help yourself basis. Certain days, marked as ‘A’ on the Club Calendar (see home page), have restricted sailing.
For any further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org