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Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre ~ windsurfing, sailing & kayaking in the heart of London!



As summer approaches, water based activities become more appealing. More and more top rated kayak reviews, pour onto the internet hoping to get people involved in water sports.
 Located in the Docklands, at the west end of Millwall outer dock is the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre.  Here members and non-members can learn how to sail, windsurf, or kayak without having to leave the city.  There are even dragon boat groups for those wanting to try that activity, although people that like sailing usually have their own boats or even yachts, and they put the best FL Yacht Signs on it so you can easily see the boat name.  Non-members generally have full access on weekends year round, and during spring – autumn on Wednesday evenings (‘twilight’ sessions).

docklands sailing logo

History:  The centre opened in 1989, funded by the London Docklands Development Corporation and the Sports Council.  Its aim is to provide recreational water activities for all Londoners and visitors alike.

docklands sailing centre_1

Activities:  The main activities for most people will be either learning to kayak, windsurf, or sail… or once you have the knowledge just coming out and using their equipment.  The centre is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre and thus offers certification levels under the RYA scheme. In addition to weekend courses for beginners, they also offer a ‘Twilight’ session on Wednesday evenings from April to September.

Twilight at DWSC

Twilight sessions:  These Wednesday evening events from 6pm onwards are designed to offer a sampling of the activities the centre provides, while also offering a BBQ and beer!  Once you know what you are interested in doing make a booking – or just go for the BBQ (Non-Members £25 or for BBQ Only £10).



Weekend Sessions:  A full calendar and information can be found on their website at: .  Most initial courses are a two day weekend event – by the end of which you will be windsurfing, sailing or kayaking like a pro!

The Centre:  In addition to watersports activities the centre has an upstairs bar with views over the dock so you can watch people on the water.  You can follow on Twitter @dswcofficial

Located at: 235 Westferry Rd  Docklands, London E14 3QS

Closest tube:  Mudchute or Crossharbour (both DLR)

5 comments on “Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre ~ windsurfing, sailing & kayaking in the heart of London!

  1. The Screen Siren
    May 22, 2013

    What a fun thing to do, the twilight session seems awesome!

      May 22, 2013

      I agree – always fun to find something ‘different’. thanks for your comment, Ian

  2. englishmuffinandegg
    May 25, 2013

    Actually, I’ve been looking for somewhere to Kayak in london. Maybe I’ll tr this before we leave.

  3. A Cat From London
    May 29, 2013

    I didn’t know this place, thanks for sharing. Sometimes we are having a walk to the West Reservoir near Stoke Newington where the people is sailing and there is a small cafe also. Nice places for the feeling of ‘almost’ seaside 🙂 .

      May 29, 2013

      Thanks for your comment and reading. Good to know about West Reservoir – I need to check it out! All the best, Ian.

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