We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

ESSA Water Activities Centre

ESSA Water Activities Centre

ESSA is a registered charity and RYA Training Centre for young people to learn to sail in dinghies.  Join us for a taster sail & then progress to a youth or adult course.

There are sailing dinghies for those age 9 upwards. Start with an Oppie at 9 years, progressing to Toppers, Picos, Feva's,  Laser Bahia's, Wayfarer etc.

RYA Powerboat Level 1,2  (age 14+) and safety boat (age 16+)  courses are run on demand.

If you come as a group there are dragon boat sessions, traditional rafting (barrels, poles & rope), wobble boarding and beginners windsurfing.


  • Watersports club

  • Sailing club

Disability Access Information

We do not have toilets & changing rooms that are suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Path slope no steeper than 1 in 10
  • Paths wider than 1 metre