Our General English Course Plus Watersports at ELC Eastbourne

ELC Eastbourne is perfectly located for your General English plus watersports course – on the southeast coast of England with extensive beaches and plenty of sun, the town of Eastbourne is a great place to spend time, and our school is warm, friendly and welcoming.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A1
    2. A2
    3. B1
    4. B2
    5. C1
    6. C1+

* Minimum age: we occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader. Our safeguarding and child protection policy document has more information, but please contact us if you require further details.

In the mornings you study on the core programme of the General English course in a multinational class at your level for 20 lessons (15 hours) per week.

For 3 afternoons per week you will learn and practise watersports with a qualified instructor. The range of activities includes:

  • sailing
  • windsurfing
  • paddle boarding
  • bodyboarding
  • kayaking

The watersports lessons will also help you practise your English further because all tuition is in English. Some key features of the option are:

  • sessions take place at a local water sports centre in Eastbourne
  • each session lasts 90 minutes
  • all equipment is included
  • transport to and from the watersports venue is included
  • minimum stay normally 2 weeks
  • watersports option guaranteed to run with a minimum of 1 participant.
A group shot of the students on the English plus watersports programme, sitting in kayaks on the beach in Eastbourne. It looks like they might be ready to head off.
Course timetable
Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Morning break

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Lunch break




Free time or supervised self-study
Free time or supervised self-study until school closes
  • Watersports days and times may change and activities offered are subject to water conditions.
  • 1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £1,210.00 for 2 weeks
    • 40 lessons over the course of 30 hours
    • Includes £90 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

Next steps

Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • At least one lesson a week in the computer laboratory.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.
  • Activities on 3 afternoons per week with a qualified trainer/coach are included.
  • Taxis to and from school to the activity location are included where required.

Who is this English plus watersports course for?

If you are an international student looking to improve your level of English language ability, while also getting out and about on the water for some fun, educational afternoons, then this combined course is the perfect choice for you.

General English courses typically require CEFR levels A1 to C1+ to participate.

Two of our students kayaking down a wave in Eastbourne. The kayaks are bright red and they are wearing blue windproof tops and life jackets. This is part of the English and watersports option available at ELC Eastbourne in the UK.

Find your English level

Top questions we get asked

How many sports lessons does the course include?

You will have three sports lessons per week.

Which water sports centre will I go to?

The centre is called Buzz Active

I’m a very good at water sports. Is this course suitable for me?

Yes, definitely. The water sports centre is used to teaching people at all levels.

How do I get to the water sports centre? How far is it from school?

The centre is just outside the centre of Eastbourne, approximately 5-10 minutes by taxi. We organise taxis for you, this is included in the course fee.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

Test your English level now

Are you ready to take the plunge?

We hope this refreshing course option is just what you need to get out on the water after classes. Please let us know what you like about it, or what you would prefer to do instead, and we’ll see if we can help you.

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