The Watersports Academy in Sandbanks offers a wide range of windsurfing lessons, courses and high-end equipment hire.

We have an extensive range of boards and sails to suit wave-riders and free-riders of all abilities. Our windsurfing lessons and courses take place in the sheltered and waist-deep waters of Poole Harbour, proven to be an excellent training ground for first-time and experienced windsurfers.

  • Lessons

  • Rental

  • RYA Adult Courses

  • RYA Youth Courses

  • Kids Club

  • Offers

Windsurfing Lessons

Including equipment hire, wetsuit and tuition.


Taster Lesson
1 hour £30pp | 2 hours £45pp

If you’re new to windsurfing or want to brush up, our taster lessons are ideal for getting you out on the water.
Extra person | From £20pp

Private Lesson
2 hours £90pp

One-to-one tuition lessons are tailored solely to your needs, it’s sometimes easier to be taught at your pace dedicating time to your particular windsurfing requirements. Improve your technique with experienced advanced instructors, from beach starts, wave riding to jumps and more…

Windsurfing Rental


Beginner Equipment
£20 per hour

Enjoy our beginner boards specially designed for entry-level windsurfers combined with a great range of sails to help you quickly progress.

Intermediate Equipment
£25 per hour

Our intermediate wide-style boards allow early planning and smooth transition through the gybes. Accompanied with battened sails or pro rigs for all wind strengths.

Advanced Equipment
£30 per hour

Advanced boards and pro rigs are designed to provide maximum performance with minimum fuss.

Windsurfing RYA Adult Courses

Including equipment hire, wetsuit, tuition and RYA certificate.


Start Windsurfing Course
RYA Stage 1 & 2 Beginner Course
2 days | £165pp 

Your first start into windsurfing… this course gives you the skills and confidence have fun on the water windsurfing. We’ll teach you the essentials including up and down wind turns, rigging and understanding the weather. Once qualified, you can hire equipment from us and other centres.

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Intermediate Windsurfing Course
RYA Stage 3 & 4 Improver course
2 days | £199pp

Bespoke training to progress to the next level.

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Start Windsurf ‘Instructor’ Course
5 days | £380pp 

Fancy a change of career? A Summer job? Turn your hobby into a career? Or to learn new skills? Then look no further! We have a variety of windsurfing instructor courses running throughout the year! As long as you are of the required standard you could easily be on your way to being an instructor!

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Intermediate Windsurf ‘Instructor’ Course
4 days | £300pp 

If you are already an RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor and have been getting people into the sport then why not help them take the next step. This course will enable you to successfully instruct on blasting control, harness, foot straps, fast tack and steering in stronger winds without a dagger board – plus much more.

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Windsurfing RYA Youth Courses

Including equipment hire, wetsuit, tuition and RYA certificate.


RYA Stage 1 & 2 Beginner Course
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 2 days | £110pp

Get your kids interested in a new water sport over the school holidays. Our two day beginner RYA 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.

RYA Stage 1 & 2 Improver Course
Wednesdays & Thursdays | 2 days | £110pp 

Once your kids have had fun mastering the beginner course, why not move up to our more advanced course. Introducing setting up the board and rigging correctly, stance on all points, plus basic harness techniques for stronger winds.

Windsurf Kids Club

Including equipment hire, wetsuit and tuition.


9:30-11:30am | £10pp*

Windsurf Club runs every Saturday morning for children aged 8yrs to 15yrs. We split the group into teams depending on abilities, teaching Stage 1 to proficient windsurfers – encouraging and developing their passion for the sport.

From Stage 1 abilities can even race in regional competitions and we have students competing in World standard competitions too.

All ‘beginner’ members are to complete a 1 hour lesson, or equivalent, before joining. 

Please call to pre-book your session by calling 01202 708283.

*£60 joining fee will apply. 

Hire Discount Cards


Beginner Hire Card | £125

8 sessions
plus a FREE 1hr lesson.
(Board with dagger board & soft sail)

Intermediate Hire Card | £200
Buy 8 sessions for £200 and receive 2 FREE hires.
(Board with dagger board and pro-rig)

Advanced Hire Card | £240
Buy 8 sessions for £240 and receive 2 FREE hires.
(Pro-board and pro-rig)

Call 01202 708283.