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Youth, Squids and Sharks

What is Squids and Sharks?

Squids and Sharks (S&S) is Stewartby Water Sports Club youth program is a fun introduction to
sailing and some other water activities such as Stand-up paddle boarding.

What level will they learn to?
Our Squids and Sharks work towards their RYA youth sailing scheme stages along the way.

Who can join? 7-15 year olds
Experience required? No experience is required, just enthusiasm for spending time on the water
When is it on? 5.30 7.30 Fridays
When is the season? April - October
Where? Stewartby Water Sports Club, Green Ln, Stewartby, Bedford MK43 9LY
Cost? £49 for the season (or included with family membership)
How do I join? Contact Richard Hargreaves via with a completed order form

Join our taster session for a chance to give it a go before committing to the season
Taster session: Friday 20 th April 5.30 7.30
contact our youth program leader Richard on sail- to book on to the taster session.

What should my child wear?
Children need to come prepared to get wet! While the water is colder at the beginning and the end
of the season so we avoid getting wet, they do need to come prepared.
Equipment list:

  • Old trainers or water shoes (no wellies or flip flops
  • A waterproof top to keep the wind off (preferably not lined)
  • Towel
  • Complete change of clothes and towel
    Note: We will provide a buoyancy aid

Also recommended:

  • A hat (sun or warm)
  • Sun cream (you get the sun twice on the water because of the reflection so this is a very good idea even early season)
  • Wetsuit (not essential but are a very good idea as they keep you warm, children will finish the session early if they fall in)

The club has a stock of wetsuits we can lend at a £20 refundable deposit, but given these are now a
very cheap item to buy we suggest it's the first piece of kit you invest in.

Health and safety
Before participating in a session, we need the following

  • A parental consent form for participation,
  • Photography and medical questionnaire

Whilst we do have provision for first aid and any emergency situations. during a session our team
will usually all be afloat with the group, so we do require the parent or responsible adult is required
to remain on site during session, so we have someone to hand a child back to in the event of them
needing to come of the water if the get cold or need the toilet for example.
For health and safety reasons we will only have 12 children joining at the beginning of the season.
However, if we have enough children on the waiting list we will bring in additional instructors. For
this reason if your child misses 3 consecutive sessions, we may ask you to forgo your place so that a
child from the waiting list can have a place.

How do I as a parent stay informed about S&S?
The best way is via our squids and sharks Facebook group, which is how we, do most of our day to
day communication, we also encourage parents and helpers to let us know via this group if when
they are attending a session as it helps us to be more organised on the day.
Join here

Do you sail in all weathers?
Pretty much, we have a range of kit available to us that means we can sail in most condition, and on
day with no wind we have a fleet of stand-up paddle boards we can use. that said under COVID we
are operating under tighter wind limits that usual. so please do keep you eye on the Facebook group
if the forecast is looking less than idea.

Last updated 17:31 on 21 March 2022

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