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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 Paddle Discover award, BC Paddle Explore award, BC Personal Performance awards, 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 and  British Canoeing (BC) Approved Centre.


COVID-19: We're not on the water but we're looking to the future...

The youth programme is cancelled until further notice.



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?


Weekly session schedule 2020 for youth members

Starting 5/5/2020

The following sessions are included with youth membership at no further cost.


Singlehanded sail training sessions and racing

Have an RYA level 1 or Stage 2 certificate and want to take your first steps into sailing a singlehander? These are for you. Sessions held on Tuesday evenings.


School holiday activities 2020

The following activities replace the Wednesday evening session and are available to youth members. Away trips and other special events may have an additional cost.

Beginners must book these in advance via activities schedule on this page (you will need to become a youth member).

If you meet the requirement of our "proficient" sessions, you may attend without booking but must have a valid youth membership.


BC youth kayaking tuition - novice to intermediate tuition (£15 per day booking fee):

May half-term and school summer holidays.

See activities schedule


RYA youth sailing tuition - novice to intermediate tuition (£15 booking fee):

May half-term and school summer holidays.

See activities schedule


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 certificates are redeemed through British Canoeing charged at a cost to the individual.

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 2020
  • Season ends: 31st March 2021

Youth Programme activities schedule

October 2020

No scheduled activities found

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

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