Watersports centre celebrates 40th anniversary

The multipurpose Watersports Centre at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is marking its ‘ruby’ anniversary this year, celebrating the launch of its 40th summer season.

Having started life back in 1984 as a small service from the jetty offering boat hire for scenic trips on Windermere, it has become a modern hive of outdoor sports activity.

When officially opened by the minister for sport in the mid-1980s, Only You by The Flying Pickets was No.1 in the pop charts and Steve Jobs was about to launch the Macintosh personal computer in the US.

Recent years have seen the addition of popular water-based pastimes such as paddle boarding, wake surfing and knee boarding.  But visitors can still enjoy a step back in time by hiring a traditional rowing boat or fulfilling their Swallows and Amazons ambitions in a sailing dinghy.

"The longevity, growth and popularity of our watersports facilities here are testament to the team’s commitment to providing our guests with a great deal of fun and laughter. We’re very lucky in that not many Lake District venues benefit from their own private jetty and watersports facilities for guests to enjoy on the shoreline.  Set against the backdrop of the Lakeland fells, it’s just a wonderful location for getting out on the water."
General manager of Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa Mark Needham

Sports activities on the water have always been an integral part of family life at English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues.  In the 1950s, Norman Buckley, the great, great uncle of current managing director Ben Berry, broke four world water speed records on Windermere in his own designed and built boats.

The Watersports Centre at Low Wood Bay offers a broad range of watersports, boat and equipment hire and an experienced team of instructors for all ages and abilities.

Whilst canoes and kayaks give guests a feeling of freedom to explore, it’s stand-up paddle boarding which has become one of the most popular modern activities in recent years. The Watersports Centre is also a recognised training centre with the Royal Yachting Association.