You don't have to be a member to participate in our watersport activities. However, we are not a business, we don't have a reception desk and everything is run by our members and volunteers.

Below are some ways in which you can join in but please note that we are restricted by our lease, insurance terms and safety considerations.

Open Days

Each year we run Open Days where members of the public can come along have a go at sailing with an experienced member.

You will have to take your turn and be prepared to get a little wet!

Open Days are free of charge.

However, we do request a small donation to help us pay for the fuel needed to provide your safety cover!

See What’s On for dates of Open Days.


Sail Taster Sessions

These sessions are for people who want a basic introduction to sailing, ideal for finding out if sailing is for you or as a refresher after a period of sailing absence.

They provide a relaxed, fun sail taster session where you can learn the basics of sailing with an experienced helm.

Sail taster sessions are arranged as required on an individual basis and typically last for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning.

We don’t have a specific charge for Sail Taster Sessions but simply request a suggested donation of £10.00 per person, if you enjoyed your experience.



Day Sailing and Watersports

Registration is mandatory for all water users, before using the water.


Visitor with own equipment

If you want to use your own equipment on our water we recommend that you advise us before you come.

Before you can go on to the water it is important that:

  • You register your craft and water users before going afloat.
  • You have adequate insurance.
  • Your craft is seaworthy and can pass a buoyancy test.
  • You are able to handle your equipment in a competent manner.
  • You understand and accept all safety provisions and agree to sail only within the permitted area.

After registration you will be allocated a space for your craft, which you may use during the day.


Visitor without equipment

If you want to come along and have a go at sailing, we recommend that you advise us before you come.

We try our best to get visitors onto the water with another member, although this may not always be possible for safety reasons.

If available, qualified and competent sailors may hire one of the club boats at the same day rate as is charged to members.

Daily Fees

We do not charge a fee for non-members to participate in watersport activities. However, we do ask you to consider making a donation towards the cost of us providing this opportunity.

A donation of £10.00 per adult and £5.00 per child is suggested.

It is the donation of time and money by members and many organisations that enables us to make our facilities available to visitors.

See TDSWC Charity Documents and Forms page.