Sailing & Windsurfing FAQs

Do you run watersports lessons and courses at Bewl Water?

All RYA watersports lessons and courses are run by the Bewl Outdoor Centre who can be reached on 03000 41 52 00

Do you hire out kayaks, paddleboards or sailing boats?

We don’t have any paddle boards or Kayaks to hire, Bewl water hire pedalos and rowing boats.

I have my own sailing boat, windsurf or paddleboard do I need a membership to access the water?

Yes, there are two options in which you can access the water. You can purchase a day launch pass from the fishing lodge on the day or you can obtain an annual membership, please fill out a membership form on the page.

Then drop it into our fishing lodge 7 days a week between 10-4pm.

Do I need a qualification to sail at Bewl Water? 

Yes, you must possess a RYA Level 2 certificate to sail or windsurf at Bewl a copy of your certificate will be taken at the point of membership purchase.

When does your annual membership run from/until? 

Our annual term of membership runs from April 1st – March 31st.

I have my own kayak do I need a membership to access the water? 

Yes, you are able to gain access through purchasing a day launch pass in the fishing lodge, you will be asked to fill out a day membership form. Annual memberships must be purchased through the Bewl Canoe Club at

Do you allow inflatable kayaks?

Inflatable kayaks are not permitted on the reservoir.

Do you offer discounted membership?

We offer subsidies for junior members and disabled members.

Do I need insurance to enter the water?

All crafts entering the water under day or annual membership must possess public liability insurance, you will be asked to present a copy of your insurance certificate prior taking out the membership. This must be done privately by the customer, we do not sell insurance.

Do I need to let you know when I am entering /leaving the water?

Yes, you must sign in / sign out in the club room which is located next to the fishing lodge.

Can I swim from my craft?

No, swimming in the reservoir is strictly prohibited.

Do I need to wear a lifejacket on the water?

Yes, you will need to supply your own lifejacket.

Can I store my boat or windsurf at Bewl Water?

Yes, sailing boat and windsurfing locker storage can be purchased through the membership form and spaces will be allocated through the fishing shop staff. We have a limited number of windsurf lockers available, to enquire please contact

Do you run sailing events?

We host many sailing events throughout the year, these are run by the Bewl Sailing Association, further information can be found on their website at

How do we display that we are paid members?

At the point of membership purchase you be given a boat sticker to display on the boat and car parking pass to be displayed on the dashboard of your car.

Do watersports members have to pay for parking?

No, parking is included in your membership purchase.

Can we do kitesurfing, Jet Ski or wakeboarding at Bewl Water?

These activities are not currently permitted.

Where do we launch our craft onto the water?

Sailing boats must be launched from the sailing slipway next to the boathouse, paddleboards, kayaks and windsurfs must be launched from the beach area next to the fishing jetty.

Are powered boats permitted on the reservoir?

We do not allow any customer owned powered boats onto the reservoir.


Pedalos FAQS


When do the pedalos and rowing boats run?

You can hire rowing boats and pedalos from us during our high season from April – September at weekends and seven days a week through the summer holidays in August. Boats are available to hire from 11am - 5pm.

How much are the pedalos and rowing boats?

All our hire boats are £10 per boat for 30 minutes.

What is the maximum number of people allowed in a pedalo or rowing boat?

Our boats can seat a maximum of 4 persons.

Are dogs allowed in the boats?

We allow well behaved dogs into the boats, providing they are kept on a lead at all times.

Can we swim from the boats?

No, we do not allow swimming in the reservoir.

When is the last time I can hire a boat in the day?

Our last boats are available to hire at 4.30 pm, in high summer this may be a little later.

Can I pre book a hire boat?

No, boats are available on a first come first served basis from 11-5pm.

Do we have to wear lifejackets?

It is mandatory to wear a life vest on our hire boats, these are supplied by Bewl Water at the point of hire.

Can we take a boat around the reservoir?

Boats and Pedalos operate in a safe, managed zone and must remain within the operational area at all times.

Can we drink alcohol on the boats?

Food and drink are not permitted on the boats or pedalos. Any customers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused hire of any craft.

What is the minimum age to hire a boat?

There must be somebody in the boat above the age of 16.