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Our 120 acre lake, situated at the foot of the Pennines, offers spectacular views and reliable winds – an ideal sailing venue for all ability levels.

Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre offers a complete range of courses for all ages, from beginners to more advanced sailors and instructors. All of our courses are run to the guidelines and recommendations of the Royal Yachting Association, the governing body for sailing in Great Britain.

Please click the links below for more information:

For details of courses, click here  (please scroll down to course information)


Adult Sailing Taster

Cost: £10.20 (1 hour)

These sessions are for beginners who want a taste of sailing in a boat on your own under the tuition of one of our qualified Instructors the ideal place to start if you are looking to do a qualification course.

Choose from sailing, windsurfing or kayaking.

Sunday 10am - 11.30am

Cost: £10.20 (1 hour 30 minutes) 

Choose from sailing, windsurfing or kayaking.

First Saturday of every month 
1pm - 2.30pm

Cost: £10.20 (1 hour 30 minutes) 

Junior Sailing Courses run during school holidays, and Adult Sailing Courses take place on weekends. For details of courses, click here  (please scroll down to course information)

The RYA Start Sailing course (Level 1) covers skills such as sailing upwind and downwind, tacking and gybing, sail setting, rigging and wind awareness and will give you the confidence to hire a boat.

The RYA Basic Skills course (Level 2) gives people the opportunity to develop their existing skills and knowledge and introduces the five essentials, man overboard and coming alongside and develops your boat handling to become a much more confident sailor.

For further information follow the links to the The Royal Yachting Association national governing body website for Adult and Junior courses.

Adult Sailing Improvers

The improver session runs on a Saturday morning, 10am - 12noon. These sessions are for sailors with a qualification who want to continue to gain instruction each week to improve their skills.

Cost: £13

During these sessions you will learn to analyse your own performance, develop your understanding and become much more independent sailor.

This programme is designed to build confidence, skills, knowledge and will work towards some of the advanced modules within the RYA logbook. Please contact 01706 370499 for further information and availbility.

Our qualified instructor and coaches can offer private sessions tailored to meet your needs - ideal for everyone from beginners to the advanced.

Whether you’re looking to start out in Sailing or looking for top tips on how to improve, you can book a private lesson for one person or two.

Cost: 1:1 £30 per hour, Concession £25.50, 2:1 £41.50 per hour, Concession £34

Private sessions can be booked in 1 hour slots.

To book or for further information please call us on 01706 370499 or email: holwac@link4life.org.

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre

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01706 370499

Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre
Lakebank, Hollingworth Lake
Greater Manchester
OL15 0DQ


How to Book

For more information please contact Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre on 01706 370499.