Sailing Taster Session

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  • 2 hrs

  • Up to 6 people
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    *Please be aware that all customers must wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket at all times when on the water.*


    Explore Llanishen Reservoir in our sailing taster sessions with one of our instructors. This session is aimed at those who have never sailed before or people who have had a go but want to learn the basics. This session is for both adults and children.

    Learning to sail is a fast and fun process with a qualified instructor. The session structure is designed to give you the information you need to get on the water safely, have fun and learn the basic techniques of sailing.

    Your session includes hire of a boat, wetsuit and buoyancy aid. Please bring some footwear you are happy to get wet!

    The minimum age allowed on the Sailing Taster is 8 years old.


    Safety is our number one priority. In the event of poor weather conditions (e.g. strong winds or thunder and lightning) or other incidents we reserve the right to restrict water access to particular user groups, restrict the area available for activities, cancel sessions or close the lake. We will endeavour to give advance notice whenever possible; however sometimes decisions need to be made at short notice. If we close the lake, we will add a message to our website and endeavour to contact all customers impacted to offer the opportunity to reschedule their session or receive a refund.


    Information About Swimmer’s Itch

    Regular monitoring shows that the water quality is excellent at Llanishen Reservoir. However, a naturally-occurring microscopic worm has been found in the reservoir and it may cause a condition known as ‘swimmer’s itch’.

    What is swimmer’s itch?

    Swimmer’s itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, appears as a mild skin irritation or rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain microscopic worms that infect some birds and mammals. These worms are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). Swimmer’s itch is found throughout the world and is more frequent during summer months.

    To reduce the risk of swimmer’s itch

    For open water swimming sessions and activities where there is a high risk of immersion such as stand-up paddleboard hire, users are required to take the following precautions:

    ·wear full length wetsuits and helmets

    ·cover any cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters

    ·clean any wounds as soon as possible after leaving the water

    ·try not to swallow the water

    ·take a warm shower with soap immediately after exiting the water, and rigorously towel dry


    These activities are undertaken entirely at the user’s risk.

    What are the signs and symptoms of swimmer’s itch?

    Some people are more susceptible than others to getting affected. A little bit like mosquitoes who seem to go after certain people. Symptoms can include:

    — tingling, burning, or itching of the skin

    — small reddish pimples or small blisters

    Although uncomfortable, the itching generally lasts no more than a couple of days. You can’t spread the rash to other people, and it doesn’t need treatment. Using antihistamines, anti-itch creams, calamine lotion or bathing in Epsom salts can help.

    What to bring

    ·Swimwear to wear under a wetsuit

    ·Shoes you are happy to get wet (old trainers or water shoes) – footwear must be worn when entering or exiting the water


    ·Hat – either a warm hat or sunhat depending on the weather

    ·Bottle of water


    ·Warm clothes for afterwards

    A wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet (where appropriate) will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own wetsuit if you wish.


    Please complete your disclaimer and medical information ahead of your visit – this will be prompted through your online booking. If this information isn’t completed in advance, it can cause delays to you starting your session. This information must be completed for every person participating.

    1.Make sure you arrive in good time and have signed all relevant disclaimers and medical declarations in advance

    2.Check in at the Activity Centre reception

    3.Changing rooms and lockers are available

    4.A safety and equipment briefing will be provided at the start of your session.

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