Only 16 miles as the crow flies from the Atlantic Coast, we benefit from the powerful Westerly Winds which come off the Atlantic and swoop down the Melvin and Macnean valleys. Result: plenty of wind for Corralea Activity Centre’s windsurfing courses, all in the safe environment of an enclosed lake.
- When can I windsurf?
Corralea Activity Centre Ltd. is open all year round but windsurfing is offered from May to Sept. for beginners and intermediate levels.
You pick your date and check availability with the centre. The more notice you give us, the better chance to secure a date (at least one week notice is advisable).
- Can I go alone or do I need to be part of a group?
Normally, Corralea Activity Centre Ltd. operates with group sizes of 7-8 people.
However windsurfing for smaller groups and individuals is possible. The cost per person will vary with the size of the group (proportionally more expensive for individuals).
- Where can I windsurf?
We do windsurfing on site on Lough Macnean.
Initially you will windsurf between islands in the secure bay area close to the centre and then progress out into the open part of the lake.
- Do I need any experience and what will I learn?
No, no experience is needed, however you need to be a competent swimmer and be physically fit.
You will practise on dry land with board and rig first before you go in the water. Our instructors will teach you how to stand on the board, haul up the rig, sail out onto the lake and self rescue. Our rescue boat will be on the lake to assist you at all times.
By the end of your first session you should be confident on the board going straight and attempt turning manoeuvres.
- A typical Windsurfing Session
Each session will last ½ day. Your instructor will take charge of your equipment.
You can experience a windsurfing session in its own right, or as part of a Windsurfing Week-end (1 day) or Windsurfing course (3 days): Please see our “Adventure package”
- What do I need to bring?
We provide all specialised equipment: wetsuit, buoyancy aid, board and rig. Our boards are Hi-fly large volume boards which are ideal for beginners. We have a selection of sails from 2m² to 4.5m².
You need to bring a swimsuit, towel and old trainers.
If you are coming to the centre for a full day, bring a packed lunch.
Your Windsurfing Instructor will bring first aid kit and comfort sac.
- What about insurance?
Corralea Activity Centre Ltd. has full public liability insurance.
The centre requires a booking form to be completed with relevant medical information about participants prior to activity.
All sessions are led by a fully qualified Instructors.
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