The Watersports Academy

There’s nothing better than a day on the water, especially with the stunning backdrop of the sandbanks peninsula.

With watersports running through our veins, we want our guests to experience the buzz of riding the waves, which is why we’ve created The Watersports Academy – an aqua madhouse for water babies of all ages!

Located onsite at the Sandbanks Hotel and on the edge of Poole Harbour, The Watersports Academy offers thrill seekers, pleasure seekers and family fun seekers a host of exciting water-based activities – all just a stone’s throw from our peninsula hotels.


Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, take a break from sunbathing and don a wetsuit for a spot of windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, powerboating, sailing, paddleboarding or kayaking. Our fully qualified instructors provide the very best tuition, from teaching the basics to refining and developing skills.

We’ve chosen Poole Harbour because it’s ideal for all levels. Whilst learners can enjoy the safe, shallow waters of the harbour itself, experienced folk can venture into the more extreme conditions of Poole Bay.

You have the option to take a course or just hire the equipment you need. Or you can book your children onto the Kids Club – an exciting programme of activities for little ones during the summer holidays.

With the lushness of Brownsea Island just a paddle away and the rolling Purbeck Hills beckoning, our range of watersports equipment and experiences gives you a unique opportunity to explore in style.

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