Swimming and Windsurfing

Windsurfing has grown in popularity over the past 20 years and is a great holiday sport. But if you can’t swim you’ll be left on the beach or lakeside.

Windsurfing is a cross between surfing and sailing. A board has a lightweight sail on it, that is able to swing round, allowing the person on the board (called a sailor) to catch a wind and propel them.

You can perform jumps, loops, spins and other moves that sailboats cannot do and kids as young as five can take part.

If you or your children can't swim you are missing out on a lot of fun.

Swimming level needed

Windsurfing is an Olympic sport, and there are plenty of competitions around for those with a keen interest.

But because windsurfing is predominantly done in the sea and lakes, sailors need to know how to swim. And you will need a good level of swimming.

  • Track down your nearest swimming lessons at your local pool with our Pool Finder to make sure you don't miss out.
  • Check out our Open Water section for tips on swimmng in lakes and seas

When your level is right give windsurfing a try. Visit the UK Windsurfing Association website for information on where to find your local club.