Entries to participate in Friends of Hardway's summer of 'free' events for young people are now live with booking for Watersports Taster sessions in conjunction with Plan B now 'Open' - you are encouraged to make a booking as soon as possible to secure a place.
The hourly sessions will run on the following dates (times vary, depending on the tides)
Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 August
Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 August
Tuesday 29 - Thursday 31 August
Four sessions daily, varied times, depending on the tides over 3 weeks, 3 days each week. Session times may vary on the day
On the day, please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your booked time slot
The sessions will be for young people age 9 - 19.
IMPORTANT - A parent/carer over 18 MUST accompany participants under 18 years old and stay for duration of the session - for older youths we can instead ask for important information/contact details to be provided before going on the water such as name, dob, next of kin-including phone number, and any medical issues we need to know.
You don't need specific experience as full instruction and equipment will be provided.
Follow this link to book your space for free!
You don't need any experience, as there will be fully trained instructors who will give you full instructions and a safety briefing.
Make sure participants have a swimsuit / swim shorts, a top suitable for going in the water, a towel and change of clothes. They will need a pair of water shoes or old trainers or plimsoles that can be worn in the water.
Suncream and a hat is also advisable
Plan B will provide all equipment and safety kit including buoyancy aids (these must be worn whilst on the water)
If arriving by car, there are parking restrictions on Priory Road and Green Lane which are subject to enforcement - to avoid receiving a fine or causing inconvenience to residents, please park in pay and display short stay car park next to Memorial Green or free of charge in the long stay car parking at top end of Green Lane (2 minute walk).
If a date is 'fully booked' on Eventbrite, there may be available slots on the day. If you are happy to wait - Plan B will be able to let you know when a space may be available if there have been booking cancellations on the day.
Please be aware that these events are subject to change and in the unlikely event that weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe, an event may need to be cancelled.
Photo gallery of previous Pop up Watersports events at Hardway
Credits - Friends of Hardway
2023 is the 4th year of Pop up Watersports at Hardway.
This is a Friends of Hardway initiative as a positive community response to seasonal youth anti-social behaviour. These sessions provide free on the water sessions to encourage young people to respect both the water and our community.