COVID-19 Update - WE ARE OPEN!

We can now offer exciting outdoor activities once again. To keep everyone safe there are some changes to our normal operating procedures.

For our covid procedure changes please click here.

On our covid procedure changes page you'll be able to read our full indepth document on the changes we've made. You'll also be able to see what's different when you turn up and how it changes the day.

You can also find out about the difference between our new operating methods known as "Bubble" for support groups and "Splash and Dash" for mixed groups.

Finally there is a run down of the changes we have made; some you'll be able to see and others that are behind the scenes.

We are also keeping strictly to the government guidelines. This means that currently we are restricted on the size and number of groups we have on site.

This does mean that we may still not be able to accommodate your group. We will be in contact if this is the case.

Please email if you have any queries.


Learn to sail this October half term!

This half term we have you covered to take you from complete beginner to seasoned pro in no time. Don't forget if you've already made it to stage 2 you can come on our casual sailing days. Click on the highlighted links to take you to the event page if you would like to know more and book.


Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th

Stage 1 for those who are brand new to the sport.


Monday 26th / Tuesday 27th

Stage 2 for those who know how to make the boat go and want to work on conquering the whole lake.

Monday Casual Sail

Tuesday Casual Sail


Wednesday 28th

Sailing Camp - An open coaching day with our centre manager where you can come and work on anything from tacks or gybes right up to mark roundings and tactics on the race course, for those with stage 2 or level 1 upwards.


Thursday 29th / Friday 30th

Stage 3 You've got the hang of this sailing thing, now it's time to start perfecting it.

Thursday Casual Sail

Friday Casual Sail


Obviously we need to keep everyone safe while they are on site so please follow the government advice and guidelines when booking and turning up. Please see our covid procedures page. For this reason our changing rooms will be out of action, hence the dash in the title, so please come ready to go.

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Fun, challenges and adventures

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Based on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex, ESSA Water Activities Centre is the best place to get active on the water.


Get out on the water for a whole day from just £22pp with any of our fun-filled water activities.


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One of the best places to take children or adults for water activities, take my brownies & guides each year, the team are amazing.

Took 25 cubs and scouts dragon boating and had a great time.
I found the information before hand great and the staff on the day were very good.
Well worth it!

Good time for little ones and big ones, katakanuing, sailing, wobble boarding and dragon boating.

We take our guides & rangers for evenings & courses. I've done my powerboat licence & love going there, instructors always helpful & very supportive of the children.

Great place to go for various water activities. For absolute beginners with equipment to suit to increasing your skills and abilities in a vast amount of different water activities, volunteers are really skilled fun and professional, great atmosphere.

A fantastic place to take young people out in a safe area, fab work guys.

Great morning spent sailing, everyone was really friendly and helpful

Excellent facilities and volunteers are friendly, am loving learning to kayak

Thank you for a great day rafting yesterday with our cubs. Weather was perfect, volunteers were great. Thanks so much

Took 32 Brownies rafting at ESSA and they had a fabulous time. The information before hand was really helpful and informative and the staff on the night were brilliant with the girls. A great time was had by all, we will be back

Our scout group enjoyed it, thank you. Activities for all ages and abilities from Beavers to Explorers, the instructors were excellent and always felt safe with safety boats always in the water, hope to come again

Brilliant place, my son went here yesterday with beavers to build a raft he had so much fun! Great instructors! Great area! Will definitely be coming back!

Great fun! Went with my Scout group and the sailing was really fun!