Stanley Sailing Centre

Stanley Sailing Centre is a well-established small, but friendly centre that specialises in the training aspect of Sailing. We are licensed by AALA to deliver a range of sailing courses to children and young people and we provide instructional courses for adults. All our courses are run by qualified and experienced instructors.

We are based at Stanley Reservoir and are affiliated to Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre with whom we enjoy a close working relationship with. Centre staff are a highly qualified, experienced and dedicated team of instructors who bring a sense of fun into their teaching and passion for sailing. Many of the staff were introduced to sailing at the centre and advanced through the RYA scheme until they became fully qualified instructors. We are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Teaching Establishment and run RYA certificated sailing, windsurfing and power boating courses.


Group visits

The centre is available from April to October for groups of up to 16 participants. The events on the day can be structured to suit the needs of each individual group. This would be more of a fun day for the younger groups and a more structured day with instructions for others so that the group go away having learned something about sailing if not themselves. Schools regularly take advantage of our services either as an experience in itself, or as a way to deliver the curriculum – particularly GCSE PE.

Individuals wishing to learn

The centre is open every Tuesday and Thursday evening from May to September from 6.30pm till dusk for sailing activities. So come along and enquire about how to start sailing, be warned, bring a change of clothes with you, as there will be an instructor waiting to take you out for your first taste of sailing.

Courses we can offer as an RYA Recognised Training Centre

Dinghy Courses Sailing
  • Level 1 “Start Sailing”

  • Level 2 “Basic Skills”

  • Dinghy “Seamanship Skills”

  • Dinghy “Start Racing”

  • Dinghy “Sailing with Spinnakers”

  • Youth sailing scheme –Start Sailing Stage 1

  • Youth sailing scheme –Start Sailing Stage 2

  • Youth sailing scheme –Start Sailing Stage 3



  • Start Windsurfing

  • Intermediate Windsurfing (Non Planing)

  • Intermediate Windsurfing (planning)

  • Powerboat Courses

  • Powerboat Level 1 Course “Introduction to power boating”

  • Powerboat Level 2 Course “National Powerboat Certificate”

  • Safety Boat Course


All sailing and safety equipment is provided for you.  For more information on the centre or to make a booking, please contact Brian Preece at

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