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Youth Programme

Age 10-23yrs? Youth membership only £15.00 per annum! Learn to sail and or kayak. Courses include BC One Star and Two Star, RYA Level 1 Start Sailing, RYA Level 2 Basic Skills, RYA Stages 1, 2 and 3 and much more.

The Westminster Boating Base charity aims to provide experiences and opportunities for young people which aid personal and social development through participation in watersports so they may fully develop as individuals.

Westminster Boating Base is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre,  British Canoeing (BC) Approved Centre and is Sport England Top Centre & Clubmark accredited.


Youth Membership only £15.00 for a year!

Youth membership is for 10-23yr olds inclusive. The pricing is intended to make our facilities as accessible as possible to the widest range of people, regardless of social or financial background.

We will gratefully accept any additional donations from those that can afford it. Donations can be made at any time.

The membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March the following year.


What’s included?


Sessions - starting 3/4/2017

Tuesdays: only during school term-time. Daytime activities available on the following dates instead of the evening session: 4 & 11 April, 30 May, 25 July to 29 August.

Wednesdays: only during school term-time. Daytime activities available on the following dates instead of the evening session: 5 & 12 April, 31 May, 26 July to 30 August.

Sundays: All year round recreational sailing and kayaking for proficient sailors and kayakers (subject to winter clothing regulations from November to March).



Singlehanded sail training for youth & adult

NEW FOR 2017!

On most Thursday evenings, 5.15-8.30pm, we'll be running training sessions for youth members and adult season ticket holders to learn to sail a singlehanded dinghy. Minimum requirement RYA Level 1 or Stage 2. Limited places and must be booked in advance for £2 per session.

If you are a proficient sailor, you may attend the session for recreational sailing without the need to book in advance and without further charge over your youth membership.



Kayak skills booster sessions

NEW FOR 2017!

Thursday evenings throughout July and August will be skills based sessions teaching the more advanced skills of eskimo rescues and rolling, support strokes, advanced turning and freestyle skills. If you need to finish something off for your 2 star, these are for you! Open to proficient paddlers and included with youth membership, there is no need to book in advance for these.


Youth kayaking - November onwards

There will be sessions on Tuesdays 5-7pm starting in November for youth members who have achieved the BC 1 Star level of proficiency.

The sessions will be geared towards slalom and sprint and will provide training for those aspring to be in the Westminster London Youth Games Squad.

Winter clothing regulations apply.


School holiday activities

The following activities replace the evening sessions above on selected dates and are available to youth members. Away trips and other special events may have an additional cost.

Beginners must book these in advance via calendar on the right of this page (you will need to become a youth member. There is a £5 per day booking fee).

BC 1/2/3 Star one day kayaking courses - novice to intermediate tuition:

4th April,  5th April,  11th April,  12th April

30th May,  31st May

25th July,  26th July

1st Aug,  2nd Aug,  9th Aug,  15th Aug,  16th Aug,  22nd Aug,  23rd Aug,  29th Aug, 30th Aug

24th Oct,   25th Oct


RYA Stage 1/2/3 one day sailing courses - novice to intermediate tuition

4th April,  5th April,  11th April,  12th April

30th May,  31st May

25th July,  26th July

1st Aug,  2nd Aug,  9th Aug,  15th Aug,  16th Aug,  22nd Aug,  23rd Aug,  29th Aug30th Aug


RYA Powerboat Level 1 (£65)

24th Oct,   25th Oct


RYA Powerboat Level 2 (£65)

26th Oct


Are there any other further/hidden charges?

Not for the sessions or courses advertised above! There is no charge per session!

If you like what we do, and can afford it, you can make an additional donation to the charity at any time - either in person or online HERE

British Canoeing personal skills certificates are charged at cost price - £5 each.

Youth membership also allows access to various away-trips, school holiday courses and special events which may have an additional cost and will be advertised as such.

See to the right of this page for extra activities.


This sounds great! How do I sign up?

  1. Create a log-in on this website and register your details.
  2. From within the MY ACCOUNT section, you can purchase a youth membership.
  3. Print and sign this consent form - signed by a parent if you are under 18 years of age. You will need to bring this with you on your first visit.

If you are a parent registering on behalf of a child, you must register the child's details.

If you are registering for more than one child: each child will need to be registered on a separate account (different email addresses required). This will allow you to book activities for each child individually.


What to bring:

These are watersports and there is a fair chance you'll get wet to some extent!




Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards

Established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

WBB can pass on these achievement awards and regularly hold a ballot for a young person to receive an award. The young people themselves are the voters. The winner is publicly congratulated for their achievement and receives:

• A framed certificate
• A Jack Petchey Young Achiever badge
• £250 to spend on improving the centre

The young person chooses how their award money is to be spent - this can be spent on additional activities or new equipment (but cannot be spent on core/running costs).


Currently in summer season

  • Season starts: 01st April 2017
  • Season ends: 31st March 2018

Youth Programme activities schedule

February 2018

No scheduled activities found

A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) & British Canoe Union (BCU) approved training centre, regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Westminster Boating Base is a Sport England Clubmark accredited 'Top centre'.

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