Holiday Activities

Are you looking for a fun alternative to your usual school holiday activities? ESSA offers a variety of opportunities during the holidays from courses, specific activity days, and camps that combine a selection of taster sessions that vary each day.

Our camps run from 10am until 4pm. All the activities are run by our qualified and enthusiastic team who are DBS checked. No previous experience or expensive equipment is required. Use of buoyancy aids, helmets and, where necessary, wetsuits, is included in the price. Each session is supported by our comprehensive and qualified safety support crew. Full details of the activities that are included in each day can be seen in the list below.

Our casual sailing days allow sailors who have achieved their RYA Stage 2 or RYA Level 1 to use our equipment and sail independently under the watchful eye of our safety support crew. Sailors can gain confidence in their ability, and the necessary practice and experience, to progress to the next level.

We also offer a variety of RYA sailing and windsurfing courses plus the British Canoeing Paddlesports courses. For more information on any course syllabus, please refer to the individual activity page where you can find details of requirements and progression.

For more information, please complete a booking enquiry or contact our bookings office.

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    What our customers say

    I would like to thank everyone for a great fun paddle boarding experience on Saturday. We all had such fun. The equipment was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful. Will definitely repeat this.


    Thank you so much for the fun sailing session our group thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The staff at Essa were very patient and helpful.

    25th Harlow Scouts

    Our daughters have had a great time on Stage 1 and 2 sailing courses. Richard and staff were all super helpful and made their time there loads of fun and their skills have come on brilliantly. This base is a real gem and we will be taking more opportunities to use the facilities as a family. Thanks so much.


    definitely the best holiday camp on offer – they have loved it

    Hannah (parent)

    The children had an amazing trip, they had the time of their lives and left your centre extremely happy and are still raving about it today.

    We thought the instructors were excellent, they had a perfect balance between fun and professional, they were able to deliver the important message of how to stay safe doing the activities as well as making the day extremely fun for the children.

    Our staff were delighted with the centre and the day itself, the activities being so close together was very useful for us, and the layout of the changing and lunch is ideal too.

    Chesham Prep School

    “I would like to convey my thanks to all staff and instructors for an amazing experience at ESSA today. The Beaver Scouts had a fantastic experience and all of them went home smiling, albeit quite tired.

    Christchurch Beavers