Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre, with its extensive range of equipment and an inspiring setting against a backdrop of the Lakeland fells is a great location for getting out on the water. We offer a wide variety of watersports instruction and boat hire suitable for all ages and abilities.

Instruction & Hire

We offer instruction in dinghy and keelboat sailing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and powerboating, and have available for hire motor boats and rowing boats, sailing dinghies and keelboats, sit-on-top kayaks and open canoes.

Parking & Facilities

Our facilities include free parking, changing rooms and showers, equipment hire and a shop selling refreshments and watersports equipment.

Opening Times

1st April – 31st October open seven days a week.
(Outside these dates please contact us to check availability)

All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.


  • Waterskiing & Wakeboarding

    Waterskiing on windermere

    Being towed behind a powerboat while strapped to a pair of ski’s sounds like madness, but this exhilarating sport must be experience to be believed. Our instructors can take you from being a complete beginner to being towed behind the boat in a shorter time than you might expect.
    Waterskiing on Lake Windermere...

  • Sailing Instruction and Sailing Boat Hire

    Sailing on windermere

    Just you – the wind – the boat – and a beautiful lake. If you can sail you know the joy, if you can’t then why not learn. Low Wood Watersports Centre offers both sailing instruction and a range of sailing boats for hire.
    Sailing on Lake Windermere...

  • Canoeing & Kayaking Instruction and Hire

    Canoers out on the lake in an open canoe

    Canoes and kayaks are versatile and agile craft, with a real go-anywhere ability and offer a unique perspective on the lake. We have a range of modern craft at the centre with closed-cockpit and sit-on-top kayaks, and open canoes.
    Canoeing & Kayaking on Windermere...

  • Rowing & Motor Boat Hire

    Rowing Boat Hire on windermere

    Our motor boat and rowing boat hire allow you to explore England’s largest lake at your own pace and experience the breathtaking views only available from being out on the water. Public jetties along the eastern shore allow you to get off the boat and explore the lakeside towns, or stop off for lunch.
    Rowing & Motor Boat Hire...

  • Powerboating on Lake Windermere

    A young man in a safety boat on the lake

    We offer both informal and formal tuition and are recognised by the Royal Yachting Association to offer the Level One, Level Two and Safety Boat courses, and by British Water Ski and Wakeboard to offer the Ski Boat Drivers Award.
    Powerboating on Lake Windermere...

  • Fishing on Lake Windermere

    Char fisherman by his boat on Lake Windermere

    The Low Wood Bay hotel has access to some of the best coarse and game fishing in the UK. On the doorstep of the hotel is lake Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District, which offers free fishing for a variety of species.
    Fishing on Lake Windermere...

Accreditation & National Governing Bodies

Royal Yachting Association

Royal Yachting Association Training Centre

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is a recognised training centre for the RYA and offers courses from the National Sailing Scheme, Youth Sailing Scheme, Powerboating Scheme and First Aid.

British Canoe Union

British Canoe Union

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is an approved centre for the BCU and offers awards from the Paddlepower and Star Test schemes.

British Water Ski & Wakeboard

British Waterski and Wakeboard

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is registered to offer the Ski Boat Driver Level 2 award.

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings: watersports. Licence details can be confirmed by calling The Licensing Service on 029 2075 5715. Registration number: L9072/R0178.

South Lakeland District Council

Our boats and operators are licensed and inspected by SLDC as required under the Public Health Act 1907, Section 94.

How to find us

Contact us

Low Wood Bay, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP  
email: lowwoodbay@englishlakes.co.uk