Need To Know…
We offer a whole host of sports and activities both on and off the water, to keep you busy during the week. On the water we have water sports such as wake-boarding, kayaking and sailing. As we are on deep water, you must be able to swim 50 metres to be able to come to Aquasports, but we do provide all the kit you need to participate safely.Read more…
Most of our sports are on the water (no, really?) but we do offer some “dry” activities for when you have dried off. Out of the water there is ultimate frisbee, football, volleyball, wide games and more. There is plenty to keep you busy!Read more…
Food at camp is plentiful and delicious, and with two courses at each meal you will have loads of energy for the activities. On the last night we have Posh Nosh, the Aquasports ball, so come ready to party the night away!Read more…
We know it can be daunting to come to camp by yourself, but the team and campers are very welcoming and you will make great friends very quickly. The holiday really has a family feel and everyone looks out for each other.
AQUASPORTS is a teenage Christian lakeside water sports activities holiday that’s definitely not to be missed! Based near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the holiday offers young people from 14 to 19 years of age and of any background, a week of exciting activities – on the water and off.
This amazing camping holiday offers young people the chance to learn and improve in different water sports in a safe environment, taught by qualified instructors, along with chilling out in or by the water. As well as the water sports there are land-based activities such as football, tennis, volleyball and more. Each evening there are challenging talks, small group discussions and ‘Late Night’ – a mad session of interactive entertainment. Alongside this there’s great food and great company – you will never want to go home!
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How the day looks
Your time at Aquasports can be as busy or relaxing as you deem – you decide the pace of the day. We will encourage you to participate in the sports, to get stuck in and have a go at everything.
The day starts with a hearty breakfast to set you up for day to enjoy the sports. Throughout the day sports and activities are on offer on and off the water. You get to choose when and what you do. You may choose to spend the morning… , except for waterskiing when you will be given a slot for your turn. You will be encouraged to…
After the evening meal there is the evening programme, when there are encouraging talks and small group discussions. Then to wind down and relax before heading to bed there is the Late Night Programme (see right) of fun entertainment and games.
This late night entertainment session is filled with high energy and lots of ‘audience participation’ which will provide endless laughter! Late Night varies from year to year and evening to evening and can include team quizzes, competitions and more. Not wanting to shift the focus away from Christ (particularly as he is the one who invented humour!) the Late Night session ends with a little ‘God slot’: perhaps an interview, a brief thought or even a bedtime story.
At end of the holiday we celebrate the week with Aquasports’ version of the oscars – a posh meal and award ceremony, after which we party the night away. So bring your party clothes and celebrate with us!
A typical Aquasports day
- 0730 Optional prayer meeting
- 0815 Breakfast
- 0915 Morning activities
- 1230 Lunch
- 1330 Afternoon activities
- 1800 Dinner
- 1930 The Venue and Tent Time
- 2130 Late Night
Activities on offer
There is a whole host of activities on offer at Aquasports that will keep you from being bored – from water sports to land games and mad evening entertainment. You will make new friends and discover more about yourself as you learn new skills trying out different sports.
Water-skiing is an exhilarating sport which basically involves being dragged around a lake by a boat on two planks of wood (or one plank if you’re really good). Our instructors will make this a fun experience whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro.
Knee-boarding involves being pulled by a boat whilst kneeling on a board (the clue’s in the name). Having a wider board and a lower centre of gravity make knee-boarding relatively stable meaning you can experiment with tricks more quickly.
They say sharing is caring… Never has that been further from the truth than when you’re being bounced around a lake on an inflatable disk behind a power boat. Have a go with some friends and see who can stay on the longest!
Sailing can be tricky to learn, but fear not – our instructors are on hand to help you all the way. Once you’ve mastered it you’ll have a great time taking a boat out on the lake.
Most people don’t like the wind. Not windsurfers – they love it. Come and have a go at this great sport and let the wind power your around the lake.
Whether you’re a beginner and just want to learn how to go in a straight line or want to brush up on tricks our instructors will be able to help you improve. We also run Kayaking trips at certain times during the week for those who like a bit of adventure.
Fancy a bit of a cool down. Why not go for a little paddle… we have part of the lake dedicated to swimming and general mucking around.
Everyone loves having a play around on a pedalo. As with all the sports on offer there are a series of awards you can achieve during the week. The platinum (highest) award in pedalo is notoriously difficult, so if you fancy a challenge give the pedalo awards a go!
Come and have a splash around. There is a specific section of the lake for messing around which even has a trampoline.
There is a large area for playing football. There is also a football tournament that happens every camp for whoever wants to get involved
Well it wouldn’t be a proper water sports holiday without a good game of volleyball. The courts are set up so you can get a match going whenever you like.
This is like normal frisbee but much more ultimate. You’ll be surprised how into it you get!
Not sure this one needs much of an explanation. There is plenty of time to chill and enjoy the sun (hopefully) if you want an adrenaline break.
Wide games are always popular. Previous favourites have included catch the flag and the other one that nobody knows the name of (and is difficult to summarise in a short paragraph – great fun though).
What’s the food like?
Need to Know…
The Crumble Song
(to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory):
Oh, what a lovely crumble,
Oh, what a lovely pud.
Oh, what a lovely crumble,
Tastes like a crumble should.
LA LA LA
Oh, what a lovely crumble,
Oh, what a lovely pud.
One thing we know about Aquasports is that you will not go hungry! With a two-course breakfast, lunch and dinner there is plenty to eat – and all freshly cooked by an amazing catering team. With over 120 mouths to feed, they amazingly provide enough for the hungry campers, the hungry team and the hungry team’s children!
Most evenings there are usually three choices, including a vegetarian option. There is always dessert too – and one of the choices is a crumble. This is a real favourite at Aquasports; not only does it taste great, but it brings everyone together in a common love of crumble through the Crumble Song (even if you don’t like crumble) – the “National Anthem” of Aquasports. The picture shows the campers singing the Crumble Song – look how sincere they are!
A range of cereals.
Bacon, sausage and eggy bread.
Toast with jam or marmalade.
Ham and cheese rolls with salad, crisps and fruit.
Mango chicken with cous cous and vegetables.
Vegetarian options are also provided for those who register for these.
FAQs – Everything you need to know
I have heard of Posh Nosh – what is it?
On the last night of camp we have a big party which includes a three course meal, disco and award ceremony. So don’t forget your posh clothes for the last night!
Do I need to have done water sports before coming to camp?
No, we will teach you everything. You just need to be able to swim 50 metres.
What kit do I need?
There is a kit list that will be sent to you before camp and is also available here.
Do I need to bring a tent?
No, we provide tents, but you do need to bring a single person air mattress, blankets, sleeping bag and pillow.
Do I need a wet suit and buoyancy aid/life jacket?
No, we provide all sports and safety equipment. You just need to bring your swimming gear and suitable shoes for the water.
Do I need to be a Christian or linked with a church?
No, but along with the watersports there is an evening programme of a talk with Christian content, followed by a small group discussion session and then a fun time of entertainment.
How is Aquasports governed?
Aquasports is governed by Aquasports Cross Trust. The trustees ensure the camp is run as a charity and that it fulfills its objective of bringing the news of Christ to young people through a watersports holiday. Aquasports is also affiliated to Youth for Christ (YFC) and is one of the Impact Holidays offered by YFC.
Is the camp certified to provide water sports?
Aquasports is certified by the Adventure Activites Licensing Authority (AALA) and is inspected every three years by them. The camp has fully qualified staff who instruct on each of the sports. Also, all members of team are CRB checked.
TFTD is a short sharp punchy message shared at the end of breakfast, sometimes following the same topic as the evening ‘Big Issue’ sessions (see tab above), and other times following a specific theme. Examples of previous years’ TFTD themes include the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and Superheros.
Optional seminars are held over lunch. Lead by different teams, these sessions are designed to be interactive and an open forum for questions and discussion. The seminars cover a range of different subjects including How to live out life as Christian at School and College, Image and Identity, Relationships, What is true worship? and How to read the Bible.
The evening’s main teaching event; it includes a time of contemporary worship and youth focused talks which follow a theme for the whole week. Examples of themes from previous years include Jesus’ life through the eyes of John’s gospel and David – the highs, lows and what we can learn from the first King of Israel. The theme for 2014 is ‘Community and Church – so much more than a Sunday service – it’s a place to belong!’
Following straight on from the Big Issue, Get a Grip is a relaxed time of discussion in small groups with a mug of hot chocolate. It is also a time to respond to what has been said during the Big Issue session and look at how to apply it to life outside of Aquasports. Each of the small groups is led by 2 of the Aquasports team.
Need To Know…
Consent for those under 18
Young persons under 18 years of age at the start of Aquasports will need the consent of a parent or guardian before bookings will be accepted.
Difficulty affording the cost?
Bursaries are available to help with costs. Please contact us for details:
or call Jo on 020 8542 2593
To ensure the safety of all campers and the smooth running of camp, we ask all campers to agree to a basic Code of Conduct, our Terms of Booking and to complete a Health Certificate. These are required before your booking can be finalised. Please read and complete the following:
Early Bird Discount
Please book online to receive your early bird discount
Reserve your place at Aquasports 2019 by booking now.
The cost of Aquasports 2019 is £345. This includes accommodation, food, and access to all the sports. The early bird offer is £40 discount if you book before the 30th April 2019. Places are limited so please reserve your space early by selecting the deposit option or paying the amount in full.
If you have any questions about costs, booking onto Aquasports, or anything else related to the holiday, please do not hesitate to get in touch! We look forward to hearing from you!
Book now for a great week!
- Dates of Aquasports are 4th to 11th August 2018.
- Price includes food, accommodation and participation in all activities
- Multiple bookings can be taken online.
- Your booking will be confirmed by email
- You will be contacted about 8 weeks before the holiday with more details.
- Don't forget to take a tour of the website to see what is on offer and what exciting things to expect!
Why Aquasports is loved
The overall aim of Aquasports is to help young people come to faith in Jesus, but we do like to have huge fun along the way. Here’s what you say about camp…
In a few words…
This week at camp i have been inspired to read my bible and what i have read so far is absolutely amazing, god is absolutely amazing
This week at Aqua Sports has changed me for the better. Seeing the beauty of Gods creation has been amazing, not just in the environment but in the friendships and connections between people. We are all truly blessed. 🙂 Aqua Sports is a truly AWESOME camp. My time being here has made me feel at peace.
I have been really struggling over the last couple of years to stay in touch with god! I have been coming to aquasports for 5 years now and i always leave it with such a buzz and i always want to stay in that position, but i always let the fire burn out when i leave camp and go back to my day to day life! This year i am going to try my hardest to stay in touch with god and hopefully the people around me will support me! I am going to uni in September and i am worried that I wont find a church to go to. Hopefully i will find a great church along with some great students to go with. This year at aquasports i have been really challenged by the talks and have been really thinking about them! The theme has been great because i am going into a different chapter of my life and i want to have my own identity! I don’t want to go with the crowd because i want to keep my faith burning strong! I am so grateful for my tent leaders this year because they have challenged me with really deep questions about myself and this has lead to great discussions about our faith! I wish i could never leave aquasports but i guess i will have to come back as a leader! I cant wait to go through this year knowing that i have god right by my side!
I came to camp this year an atheist. I am now standing before you a Christian.
I’ve never been closer to God than this moment right now.
I’m back on track with the Lord. So alls good.
I came not feeling close to God. I have opened up.
I could barely speak to anyone. Now I can.
These are the best things. When your faith is low it just helps it rise. And I haven’t had a fit this week.
It’s inspired me to discover God and how much he loves me. Nothing can be that bad when he is on your side.
I started this week with a weak faith. I’m going to find a church. I thought it was gonna be a bit of praying here and there but it’s been Phenomenal.
Thank God so much. I can have faith. Never be alone because I have God.
I’ve realised this week how great Gods love is for all of us.
“I’ve made so many new friends and met so many amazing people which have changed my life. In my opinion it is the best week of the year!”
“Not only did I make great friends for life, but also I found Christ.”
… was my sister and her friends said I should go. The things I got out of it was I became a Christian and also It has helped my social skills and sports skills. I am coming back next year because I love being around a large group of Christians and it makes me feel comfortable and lets me see other young adults and stories and why they are there etc, also because of the sports. I enjoyed everything there and I cant wait to go next year !” – Dieter
… I was encouraged to do so by Natalia and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone is so welcoming and on my first year I felt just as involved as everybody else which was really lovely. Aquasports brings people from all around the UK from all different backgrounds together. It makes everyone feel like they belong somewhere and helps a lot of people through the struggles and rough patches they may face throughout the year. Aquasports is one of the highlights of my summer and I look forward to it all year.” – Katie
“All in all, I know this phrase has been repeated a lot but there is no other way of describing Aquasports. Aquasports feels like a family! You can come to camp and be accepted Christian or not. It is just a place for everyone to have fun. At camp, I have got to try sports that many people don’t get the chance to. My friends away from camp have not had the opportunity to try water skiing they have only heard about how amazing it is from me going on about camp. At Aquasports you are given the chance to try these sports along with other land sports like Ultimate Frisbee. There was always something that you could do and the thought “I am bored” had not crossed my mind once!
Not only did I make great friends for life, but also I found Christ. Before Aquasports I would call myself a Christian but I wouldn’t pray, read the Bible or even act like a Christian. I was one of those chameleon Christians, always changing how I act in different scenarios. Both the sermons and the time with my leaders challenged me and what my opinion of being a Christian was and not long after my second year of camp I had prayers answered and decided to give my life properly to Christ. I have been going to Aquasports since 2006 and have been going every year since. I remember my first year well, I was a small lad (not grown much since!) and knew nobody there plus the whole experience of camping was new to me. I went expecting to be distant from people and to keep myself to myself as I would when being in a new environment. But what actually happened was completely different. In no time I had made new friends and felt welcome by everyone.” – John
Why we run Aquasports
The team and trustees of Aquasports have a longing to see young people passionate about Christ, equipped to follow him with their whole lives rooted in his love.
Aside from all the sports on offer, Aquasports is a great place to meet up with other young people and discover who God is and go deeper in relationship with him. It is an opportunity to find out how Christ can transform our lives and the difference this can make when back home, at school, college, university or work.
The Aquasports teaching programme is non-denominational Bible based teaching including small group discussions which are specifically designed to engage with teenagers and young adults irrespective of social and academic background. The workshop, talks, seminars, small groups discussions and activities are designed to help show the young people that being a Christian is far from dull and boring and about much more than just going to church on a Sunday.