Baden Powell Water Activities Centre (BPWAC) offers the opportunity for anyone to get on the water and learn how to sail, powerboat, kayak and canoe safely.

As a Royal Navy inspected and fully recognised RYA training establishment BPWAC offers courses scheduled from Easter and throughout the summer for young people aged 8 years and above and of all levels of ability.

Courses available include:-

  • RYA junior sailing Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Adult Sailing Level 1, 2 and 3 
  • Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship and Day sailing modules are available on request 
  • Power Boat Level 1 and 2
  • Safety Boat

To enrol on a course just send a message via the RYA courses page.

The facilities and instructors are also available to any Scouting organisations in the UK to hire. Bespoke courses can be organised specific to the needs of the Scout group.

As a Scout activity centre BPWAC is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers for the sole purpose of encouraging young people to take to the water and have fun in a safe and well managed environment.

We do have a hoist to assist your entry and exit to craft if required.

Located in a secure marina at Brundall on the River Yare just to the east of Norwich, BPWAC has a purpose built facility with full disabled access, comprising of separate male/female showers and changing facilities, a small galley, store and classroom. The building is situated on a private plot of land with water frontage, a disabled person hoist and slip facilities for easy access to designated sailing areas.

Dependent upon conditions instruction takes place in either of 4 designated sailing areas on the River Yare or Surlingham Broad. The extensive sailing area and variety of wildlife affords ample opportunity to explore the Norfolk Broads in the true spirit of "Swallows and Amazons". Cruises down river and "passage sailing" with Youth leaders/ Instructors takes place regularly during the summer months.

If you want to learn how to sail whilst exploring the beautiful Southern Rivers of the Norfolk Broads then why not come and join us.

If you have any sailing experience and would be interested in volunteering as helper at our training centre then we would love to hear from you. For those interested in becoming a qualified instructor courses and sponsorship can be arranged.