On the waterfront

On the waterfront

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Whether you’re into sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing or paddleboarding, all these activities and more can be enjoyed at Bewl Water. Visitors can participate in them on a daily basis, two-day beginner sessions or opt for residential courses including summer schools

CANOEING: Beginners and Improvers courses are British Canoe Union accredited. An introductory lesson which covers all paddle sports costs £61 for those aged nine and over. The next session is on May 14 with other dates available throughout the summer until September 24. You can also visit www.bewlcanoeclub.co.uk for additional courses.

DINGHY SAILING: This is the ideal course to do if you want a comprehensive introduction to sailing. Available only to adults, you will learn basic boat handling skills and lots of essential knowledge. The next two-day course is from May 14-15 and costs £188.70. Sessions run throughout the summer until October 23.

SAILING: All courses are Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited. The Beginner to Basic Skills five-day course costs £320 and covers level 1 and level 2 of the RYA syllabus. In addition to this there are Seamanship Skills courses, £188.70, Start Racing courses, £314 adults (£261 under-18s) and Start Sailing Advanced stages 3&4, £261.

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WINDSURFING: Adult taster sessions cost £100 and start on Saturday April 23. You can do a beginner’s windsurfing two-day course for £156. Dates run from April 23 until October 16. Youth windsurfing stage 1 costs £124 and is for those aged eight and upwards. The two-day courses start on May 31 and run throughout the summer holidays until September 6.

For more information on all aforementioned courses and further details of prices and dates call: 03000 415 200 or visit www.adventurekent.org

ROWING: This is run by Bewl Bridge Rowing Club. They have a number of boats and a strong team of qualified coaches. Some members of the Team GB Olympic rowing team train at Bewl at the weekends. For more information visit www.bewlrowingclub.co.uk

BOAT TRIPS: These are a great way to appreciate the sheer scale of the lake as well as providing picturesque views of the Wealden countryside. From pretty oast houses to grazing sheep and vineyards, you’ll be able to sit back and capture a little bit of pastoral life as you bob on by. In addition to the boat cruises at Bewl there will also be a new water taxi service this summer allowing you to hop on and off at different points around the reservoir. Visit www.bewlwater.co.uk