If you are interested in your child joining in the fun at Young People Afloat

Please read the information below and then click on the link at the bottom the page and add your details so that your name can be added to the waiting list.

Y.P.A. is a voluntary run organisation whose aim is to give youngsters between the ages of 9 and 18 years old at the start of the year the opportunity to learn how to sail.

Youth Group

As a youth group we are affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association, St. Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association. Safer Activities For Everyone and the Association of Youth Clubs.


Sailing takes place at Lackford Lake on Wednesday evenings from 1800 until dusk, from April until September.


Safety is paramount at Y.P.A.

We have two of our own safety boats at the lake which will be manned with a Royal Yachting Association qualified safety boat driver during sailing sessions.

The instructors at Y.P.A. are recognised RYA dinghy instructors

Y.P.A. have a wide selection of buoyancy aids, which are distributed at the start of the sailing session, no one is allowed to go onto the water without wearing a buoyancy aid.


We have a wide range of different dinghies, which cater for almost every need,

See List of Boats

All instructors and their helpers are volunteers and give their time free of charge and would therefore welcome as much additional parental help as you are able to give.


The cost of one year’s membership is £230 this can be paid either by one payment or by 5 consecutive standing order payments of £46 per month.

Waiting List

We are limited to the number of children we can instruct, we only take new members at the start of the season. They will remain on the waiting list and will be offered membership when spaces are available.

If you would like your name added to the waiting list, then please click on the button below and complete the form.

After completing the add my name form, you should receive a conformation email stating that your name has been added to the waiting list within a couple of days. If you do not receive confirmation then please resend the form.