Land sailing

Includes: Sand Yachting, Land Yachting, Outdoors, Adventurous activities, Land

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Put the wind in your sails

Speed across the sand in a cleverly designed yacht. The faster the wind, the faster you go!


Land sailing is an activity where girls use a sail to power themselves across land using a specially adapted wheeled vehicle and sail.

To take your girls land sailing, you will need to find a British Federation of Sand and Land Yacht Clubs (BFSLYC) approved site.

Land sailing is an adventurous activity and should follow the adventurous activity policy and procedures.

Approved: 11 October 2021
Version: 2.0
Content owner: Adventure team

Planning checklist

If you're working with an external provider or external instructors to run this activity outside the unit meeting space, follow these extra steps. 

  • Arrange for a home contact. Leave any route or other relevant details with your home contact and complete a home contact agreement form. Let them know if you make any changes to your plans.
  • Tell your local commissioner.
  • Tell the activity provider about the ability and experience of the participants and any disabilities, access needs or health conditions that need to be considered when running the activity.
  • Choose a reputable and licensed activity provider (where applicable).
  • Check the qualified adults hold the correct qualification to be able to run the activity (see the information below).
  • Get copies of the instructor qualifications and public liability insurance of the activity provider before you book.
  • Ask for a copy of the providers' safety guidelines and risk assessment.
  • Make sure you have the correct ratio of participants (girls and volunteers) to qualified adults (those running the activity). This is different to the ratio of leaders to girls.
  • Check with the venue that they have the correct equipment and, if needed, specialist clothing that will meet the requirements for your group.
  • Source any specialist equipment or clothing needed to run the activity not provided by the venue, and make sure this is in good condition and fit for purpose.
  • Check that any equipment is suitably insured by the provider and agree what happens to the equipment if it gets damaged.

Some venues might ask for a disclaimer or waiver to be signed for each person taking part in the activity. This is something which parents/carers must sign on behalf of their child. You can do this along with the consent form. Parents and carers should be given sufficient information from the provider along with the waiver so they can make an informed decision to sign it or not. Leaders can only sign disclaimers and waivers for their own personal participation.

The instructor must hold a BFSLYC Instructors Qualification and should brief participants on the use of a safety harness and other safety equipment.

We advise that the equipment is provided by the professional body running the activity.

You will need to check that the activity provider has adequate insurance cover. The activity centre should have a minimum of £5 million in public liability insurance.

Land sailing must be undertaken using the standards and controls laid down by the British Federation of Sand and Land Yacht Clubs (BFSLYC) and must take place at a BFSLYC-approved site.

Helmets must be worn by all participants. 

We advise that the equipment is provided by the professional body running the activity.

This activity is particularly popular in overseas locations with warmer climates. If land sailing abroad, the BFSLYC qualifications and regulations are not applicable. The leader will need to make enquiries about the reputation and safety standards of the activity provider. Contact your international adviser or outdoor activities adviser, or email [email protected] for more guidance.

The ratios below are given as a maximum and ratios must be considered as part of the risk assessment, this may lessen due to any medical conditions, physical ability or other factors.

Leadership team ratio

As this activity will take place outside of your usual meeting place the leadership team adult to child ratio is mandatory.

  • Rainbows: not a Rainbow activity
  • Brownies: not a Brownie activity
  • Guides: 1:12
  • Rangers: 1 Girlguiding leader

The leadership team must remain present for the duration of the activity.

Qualified adult/participant ratio

The activity leader (qualified adult) should determine what size of group is safe. There must be enough qualified adults to ensure the safety of all participants.

The number will be determined by any limitations placed on their qualification, permit or the rules of their operating organisation as well as the risk assessment. This should take into consideration the location, weather and experience of both the qualified adult and other participants. The leader should assess the risk and any concerns must be raised to them.