A guaranteed fun & inexpensive way to keep entertained on a warm day

As our world grows ever more sedentary and our kids are more often screen-bound than not, it is essential that they should somehow learn the life skills that they once would have gained through outside play. As their indoor lives make them increasingly risk-averse, their confidence levels diminish – this in turn impacts on skills vital in adulthood, such as decision making and resilience.

A group of children standing behind a surfboard

Which is where water-based activities come in. They are a great way to teach work/reward lessons in an instantaneous way, as well as freeing kids from the classroom, giving them an adrenalin buzz and allowing them to connect with the natural world. At UKSA kids learn crucial life skills through a range of activities including windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayaking, and our expert instructors are always looking to ignite young minds through active adventure and thrills.

A young girl on the water in a dinghy

There are naturally longer and more sustained benefits than a short-term adrenalin rush. A big percentage of UKSA visitors – teachers and students – have commented on how team-building games have enabled them to form bonds that simply would not have developed within the school environment. Human bonding, a skill taken for granted before the advent of computers, gives rise to respect, tolerance and empathy; the atmosphere in classrooms has been known to undergo an incredible reversal after a visit to UKSA.

Children enjoying watersports at UKSA

Water-based games encourage communication (and buckets of shared laughter) while the exhilaration of healthy competition fosters determination and problem solving. In a fun and friendly environment, having to make quickfire decisions that impact others can be an enormous boost to confidence. In turn, confidence aids self-reliance and independent thinking which can really help a young person after they leave school and have to negotiate the wider world.

Find out more about our Schools and Groups Multi Activity trips.