What Time Should I Arrive and Where?
The majority of our courses kick off at 0930 with the centre opening at 0900. Expect to finish your on water sessions about 4pm with a leaving time of 430pm.
For our Holiday 5-Day Courses we start at 0930 with a 430pm pick up time. When you arrive and leave you must sign your child in and out each day, please note this must be done by a parent & we will need written permission if you want to change this.
Our office is in the porta-cabin by the large grass area, past the main clubhouse & we will meet you there.
What should I wear?
On all sailing, windsurfing and powerboat courses you will get wet.
Out on the water you are exposed to the elements - wind, rain and sun. Bear this in mind when packing as the weather can change very quickly, the forecast is not always accurate. Warm, fleecy jumpers work well over the top of a wetsuit. Up to 70% of body heat can be lost through your head so hats are a great idea for cold days. Rain coats do a good job of stopping wind so a cheap rain coat over the top of the rest of your kit will keep you warm out on the water. PLEASE NOTE WE ONLY SUPPLY WETSUITS TO OUR WINDSURF COURSES.
What If the sun ever does turn up?
Sun cream and lots of it. The water’s surface reflects most of the light that hits it and without sun cream on you could burn badly. A hat to keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes is always a wise move. If it’s too warm for wetsuits we recommend shorts and t-shirts.
Hands and feet?
You will be using your hands to pull ropes or hold up windsurf sails, this can be tough going in stronger winds so a pair of sailing or cycling gloves can be a good idea. Your feet will get wet every time you venture onto the water, so an old pair of trainers works well for your footwear. In colder conditions wetsuit boots can be purchased from our onsite shop. Neoprene socks are a good investment as they can be used for many other activities as well as water sports.
What should I wear under a wetsuit?
Swim wear is often the best choice, a thin t-shirt can help stop rubbing around the neck area.
What safety equipment do I need?
None, we provide all buoyancy aids and have a fully stocked first aid cupboard.
We ask that all course participants inform our staff of any underlying conditions or recent injuries when booking. We can change the types of boats we use in some cases to ensure you have an enjoyable time at Oxford Sail Training Trust.
Is there food onsite?
Our partner organisation, "Oxford Sailing Club," have organised "Hackett's Of Witney" to offer café services with hot food and drink for 2017, they are open every day from June to August as well as every Sunday throughout the year.
We have a vending machine stocked with sandwiches & snacks as water sports can be physically demanding & it is important to keep fuelled up to enjoy every bit of your time here. It can also be thirsty work, we have a water fountain on site but an extra drink can be essential on hot days.
We have a vast amount of lost property on site, if anything is left behind it will be moved to the end of the changing rooms. If, after a week, it has not been collected we donate items to charity shops as we simply do not have the space to store it. Small valuable items such as watches, keys and jewellery are held in the office. Please remember to check you have all your belongings when you leave.
Where can I leave my valuables?
We offer to collect up all valuables and lock them in the centre office and strongly recommend that you do so. They are under constant observation by our office manager. You can access them any time you want when on a course.