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Rockley Watersports was founded in 1976 by sailors for sailors. Over the years the small sailing school on the beach at Rockley Point in Poole has grown to become the largest and most highly regarded sailing centre in the UK with thousands of people passing through its centres every year. Now with a further centre in Poole and 3 activity centres in southwest France the family-run company now employs some of the most highly qualified, experienced and dedicated watersports professionals of any centre.
In addition to our training courses we also offer activity holidays to school groups and family watersports holidays. With nearly 40 years experience, t Rockley Watersports is dedicated to combining its personal, individulised approach with the professionalism of a fast growing, innovative organisation.
Rockley – at a glance
- largest sailing centre in the UK, responsible for training more than 25% of ALL dinghy Instructors AND Senior Instructors in the country.
- Rockley is the trainer of choice for companies such as Mark Warner, Sunsail, Neilson and Center Parcs.
- Rockley operates 5 activity centres – 2 in Poole and 3 in France; each of the 3 centres in France are larger than Rockley Point.
- Rockley welcomes more than 10 thousand children, young people and adults across its activity centres each year.
- Rockley’s BTEC L3 is the ONLY such course in the country where students can gain National Governing Body teaching qualifications at the same time as getting the equivalent of 3 A Levels.
- Rockley has more than 6 hundred boats, boards and bikes across our 5 activity centres.
Rockley has always put people first, be that any of our thousands of customers or any of our team, what sets Rockley apart always the fantastic team who go the extra mile for our customers which is why our customers return year after year and so do our staff!
At the centre of everything we do is our team. We know that they are our number one asset. Each year we work with over 150 individuals to provide the best seasonal work experience we possibly can. So whether you are thinking about your first job in the watersports industry, or looking for the next step in your career, we know that as the largest watersports trainer in the UK, we can provide many opportunities for you to progress. When and where possible we also encourage onsite training to enhance both your personal and professional development.
Want to join the Rockley team?
When working at Rockley Watersports you will be living, working and socialising with like-minded people from a variety of backgrounds. Are you someone that thrives on challenge, enjoys the satisfaction of delivering great quality service and loves working as part of a team? What we ask from you, is that you are hard-working, friendly, highly motivated, loyal and committed willing to work in a varied and fun environment. A season with us will not only be fun, challenging and rewarding, but will also add a wealth of experience and valued skills to your CV.
Our season at Rockley Watersports runs from March through to October. Throughout this period we offer flexible employment opportunities and the possibility of full time employment for the right candidates at the end of the season. During high season we employ up to 150 seasonal members of staff.
We have centres situated in some of the most beautiful parts of Europe which offer the ideal environment for the teaching of all watersports from dinghy sailing to surfing.
All our French centres - Le Lac Mimizan, La Rive and AzuRivage are set in southwest France amongst beautiful pine forests on the shores of warm, freshwater lakes and are fringed by sandy beaches. Based on 4* campsites and with a range of activities and amenities on site, all our centres are also a short distance from the local towns. The long sandy beaches of the Cote d'Argent lie just a few miles from our centres. Well named with 100 miles of silver sand stretching from Arcachon in the north to Biarritz close to the Spanish border. The wild Atlantic coast with its rolling waves is a surf mecca throughout the year. With the many beach towns offering an exciting mix of cafe society and laid back surf culture there are few cooler places to 'hang out' and is the perfect environment to be in when you are not working.
Our sailing centre in the UK is set in beautiful Poole Harbour and is close to the bustling port of Poole where you will find a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. For the windsurfers and kitesurfers amongst you, wander down to Sandbanks and join the rest of the crowd or take a short drive to Kimmeridge bay and indulge in a bit of surfing. Rockley Point is the ideal centre for all levels of watersports.