Sailing and Windsurfing

Please note that Sailing and Windsurfing sessions have now for winter. Please contact the centre for details of winter trips.

The sheltered waters of Salford Quays provide the ideal sailing waters for learning the basics of Sailing and Windsurfing.  Our modern equipment and first class instructors will make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

The Centre is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) recognised training centre.  We offer courses for both adults and children. Our modern fleet of boats include; Laser Picos, Laser Stratos, RS Fevas, Topper Taz and Oppies. 

On our windsurfing courses we use boards from Bic and Hi fly.  We have a host of modern and lightweight windsurf rigs from Tushingham, Tiki and Hi Fly.

You can experience Sailing and Windsurfing at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre by:

For adults we offer sailing courses in either single handed dinghies or crewed dinghies. Each option will give you a different sailing experience but you will follow the same syllabus in your course.

Single handed dinghy, eg Laser PicoCrewed dinghy, eg Laser Stratos
Sailing independentlySailing with other people onboard so more sociable course
More time on the helm during the courseLess time helming but experience gained in crewing
Instructor coaches the group from a safety boatInstructor is onboard the boat with students on beginner courses
Not so comfy if you have bad knees or are not very flexibleMore comfortable than a single handed boat

Junior courses are predominantly run in single handed dinghies such as Oppies, Topper Taz's and Laser Picos.  However you may get the chance to sail some of our crewed dinghies on the more advanced courses.

To book your place on any of our courses, simply call us on 0161 877 7252.



Adult Sailing - RYA Start Sailing Level 1

This course provides a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to sailing in safe conditions. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently sail a dinghy under supervision. Boats used on this course are Laser Picos or Laser Stratos.

Crewed dinghy - £145 (weekend course)

AS11DSaturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April9.30am to 4.30pm
AS12DSaturday 17th & Sunday 18th June9.30am to 4.30pm
AS13DSaturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July9.30am to 4.30pm
AS14DSaturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September9.30am to 4.30pm
AS15DSaturday 7th & Sunday 8th October9.30am to 4.30pm

Crewed dinghy - £145 (evening course)

 Tuesday 4th,11th, 18th & 25th July5.30pm to 8.30pm

Single handed dinghy - £115 (weekend course)

AS11SSaturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June9.30am to 4.30pm
AS12SSaturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July9.30am to 4.30pm
AS13SSaturday 12th & Sunday 13th August9.30am to 4.30pm

Single handed dinghy - £115 (evening course)

 Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd August5.30pm - 8.30pm


Adult Sailing - RYA Basic Skills Level 2

Learn more about dinghies and how to deal with a challenging variety of sailing conditions. Learn about the five essentials and basic seamanship skills required to start gaining the skills required to sail a dinghy independently. It is a pre-requisite that candidates must have completed a level 1 course.

Crewed dinghy - £145 (weekend course)

AS21DSaturday 8th & Sunday 9th April9.30am to 4.30pm
AS22DSaturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September9.30am to 4.30pm
AS23DSaturday 4th & Sunday 5th November9.30am to 4.30pm
AS24DSaturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 20179.30am to 4.30pm

Single handed dinghy - £115 (weekend course)

AS21SSaturday 6th & Sunday 7th May9.30am to 4.30pm
AS22SSaturday 5th & Sunday 6th August9.30am to 4.30pm


Adult Sailing - RYA Better Sailing Level 3

This exciting course builds upon the skills learnt at level 2 and aims to make the sailor a safety conscious sailor, capable of looking after the boat themselves - the next step to becoming an independent sailor.  On this course candidates will get the opportunity to sail both single handed and double handed boats. It is a pre-requisite that candidates must have completed a level 2 course.

Cost - £130

AS31DSat 17th & Sun 18th September9.30am to 4.30pm
AS32DSat 3rd & Sun 4th December9.30am to 4.30pm
AS33DSat 4th & Sun 5th March 20179.30am to 4.30pm


Adult Windsurfing - RYA Start Windsurfing

Here at Salford Quays we can offer you the ideal learning environment for the exciting sport of windsurfing. This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have already tried the sport. By the end of the course you should be able to steer around a course and sail the board confidently.

AW11Sat 18th & Sun 19th June9.30am to 4.30pm£110
AW12Sat 10th & Sun 11th September9.30am to 4.30pm£110


Junior Sailing - RYA Stage 1

By the end of the course you will have had a basic introduction to dinghy sailing and hopefully the desire to continue and learn more about the sport, but most importantly you will have had lots of fun! Once you have completed this course, why not join our junior sailing club which meets on a weekly basis?

JS11Mon 4th & Tues 5th April9.30am to 4.30pm£75
JS12Mon 11th & Tues 12th April9.30am to 4.30pm£75
JS13Mon 25th - Fri 29th July9.30am to 12.30pm£75
JS14Mon 25th - Fri 29th July1.30pm to 4.30pm£75
JS15Mon 8th - Fri 12th August9.30am to 12.30pm£75
JS16Mon 8th - Fri 12th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£75


Junior Sailing - RYA Stage 2

This course builds on skills acquired during stage one. Learn more about dinghies and how to deal with a challenging variety of sailing conditions. You will also experience the thrills and spills of capsizing, an insight to racing as well as playing lots of games.

JS21Wed 6th & Thurs 7th April9.30am to 4.30pm£75
JS22Wed 13th & Thurs 14th April9.30am to 4.30pm£75
JS23Mon 15th - Fri 19th August9.30am to 12.30pm£75
JS24Mon 15th - Fri 19th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£75
JS25Mon 22nd - Fri 26th August9.30am to 12.30pm£75


Junior Sailing - RYA Stage 3

After you have done stage two, advance your skills even further with this exciting course. By the end of this course, you should be able to call yourself a competent sailor, rather than a beginner. It is a pre-requisite that candidates must have completed a stage two course.

JS31Mon 22nd - Fri 26th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£75


Junior Windsurfing - RYA Stage 1

You can come and learn to Windsurf in the school holidays and we promise you will have bags fun.  Your instructor will teach you the basics to get you moving around on a board, as well as playing lots of games and making sure you get very wet!  Once completed you can join our very successful junior sailing club.

JW11Thurs 2nd - Fri 3rd June9.30am to 4.30pm£75
JW21Mon 15th - Fri 19th August9.30am to 12.30pm£75
JW22Mon 15th - Fri 19th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£75