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Introduction to sand yachting

An exciting and different way to enjoy the beach, all year round!


The Centre Nautique of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer invites you to try sand yachting on the beach at La Grande Côte. A fleet of 20 craft suitable for all ages and abilities - MC2, mini 4, promo, tandem (ideal for people with disabilities) - all waiting for you to get under way. For fun, for groups, for experts wishing to perfect their skills, for schools... for everyone!

Who is it for?

Everyone over 8 years

Tandem yachts are ideal for people with reduced mobility as well as beginners.

Individuals, school groups, holiday centre groups, associations… The Sand yachting school is open all year round.



- 1 instructor for 12 yachts

- Each lesson lasts 1.5 hours which includes equipment preparation, instruction and putting equipment away. The amount of time actually piloting the yacht is optimised to a maximum.

- Individual lessons: 1 yacht per person

- School groups: One yacht for two children for a 1.5 hour session. This means that children swap the cockpit during the activity. During the first session this allows pusher and a driver to learn how to steer the craft. In the following sessions, one child at a time sits in the pilots seat in order to learn safety procedures. Places are swapped as often as possible (approximately every 3 minutes) to maintain a dynamic pace throughout the session.


How is the 'introduction to sand yachting' course organised?

Phase 1 - about 15 minutes:

  • Welcome talk
  • Equipment set up
  • Transit to the beach

Phase 2:

  • Starting
  • Stopping
  • Rules of driving
  • Slowing down
  • Turning into the wind
  • Turning away from the wind



With a qualified instructor, meetings are organized around an educational programme recommended by the French Federation of Sand Yachting.

  • During introductory sessions the central theme is the idea of wind propulsion. Learning takes place at your own rhythm.
  • A course of three lessons is ideal for getting a good grounding and understanding of the most important technical aspects.



Each sand yacht is tailored to the needs of the individual. The sail, thecockpit, the ergonomics of the seat and adjustable rudder system all allow children and adults of all sizes to be accommodated. The versatility, strength and flexibility of the craft make them perfect for fast and safe sailing.

Our yachts are for children and adults, beginners or experienced pilots - all will be amazed by the sensations power and speed experienced! One hour and a half for each lesson in courses of three from 8 years and older. All year round. Special rates for groups and school parties of more than eight people. Please contact us.


Despite its complicated appearance, yachting is easily understandable. The craft is specially conceived to move through the wind at the speed you're comfortable with.



  • Helmet and harness supplied.
  • No open-toed shoes allowed.


Our advice

  • Bring gloves, goggles, a windcheater and a change of clothes for afterwards if possible.