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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) Delivery Partner.


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 2022 for youth members

There is no prior booking required for these sessions. All sessions operate on a first-come-first-served basis. You must arrive for the advertised start time of the sessions. Please see the "what to bring" section below.



Evening sessions (19th April to 20th July 2022)

Mondays 17:45-20:30 - kayaking for experienced youth members

Tuesday 17:00-19:30 - tuition for beginners and experienced youth members

Wednesday 17:00-19:30 - tuition for beginners and experienced youth members

Sunday kayaking, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 - experienced youth only (BC Discover +). These sessions are only on certain Sundays so please see activities schedule for availability



Evening sessions (19th April to 20th July 2022, and recommencing from 6th September 2022)

Mondays 17:45-20:30 - experienced youth sailing & racing

Tuesday 16:45-19:30 - tuition for beginners and experienced youth members

Wednesday 16:45-19:30 - tuition for beginners and experienced youth members

Sunday sailing, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 - experienced youth only (RYA Level 2/stage 3 +).


Summer Holidays - 26th July to end of August

Mondays: continue as above.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

Kayaking 2-5pm - book in advance. £5 booking fee

Sailing 10-5pm - book in advance. £10 booking fee

Sundays: continue as above


BC Foundation Safety & Rescue Training

A one day course teaching rescue and safety techniques.

Sunday 4th September. READ MORE


Are there any other further/hidden charges?

There is no charge per session. All sessions are included with youth membership although school holiday activities and away-trips carry additional booking fees.

If you like what we do, and can afford it, you can make an additional donation to the charity at any time.

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 (details of the participant).
  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
• £300 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 2022
  • Season ends: 31st March 2023

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

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