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PULSE Dover Sea Sports

In every edition of ‘Pulse’ we aim to showcase sports which are really taking off in Kent’s primary schools at the moment. In this edition, we take a closer look at what is happening down by the beach in Dover.....

What exactly does Sea Sport consist of?

Sea Sport is made up of a variety of different Watersports such as Dinghy Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Yacht Sailing, Raft building, Kayaking and Stand up Paddleboarding.

What is happening in Kent?

The location of Dover Sea Sports is totally unique. Being on the foreshore of the world’s busiest passenger ferry port enables you to experience the excitement of sea sports, while in the safe and

protected environment of Dover Harbour. Dover Sea Sports is also a RYA Training Centre providing courses and experience days which cater for children of all ages and can be the ideal setting for outdoor adventurous activities as well as outdoor learning. It is great to have facilities such as this available within Kent and it really is a case of getting down there to have a look. If you are looking to engage children who do not particularly like mainstream sports, look no further.

For more information please check out the website: or contact Danie on: 01304 212 880 Finger on the PULSE.....

a short period I started progressing quite quickly. I enjoyed racing within my sailing club as well as some county youth events which eventually made my love for the sport grow and I found myself working alongside friends at Dover Sea Sports Centre.

Who are your Sporting Idols?

This is a difficult question as sailing is not much of a spectator sport but due to the 2012 Olympics and the publicity gained from his success it has to be Ben Ainslie CBE. Another sailor who achieved great things was Andrew (Bart) Simpson MBE.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Danie Juden and I am assistant manager at Dover Sea Sports. I started sailing when I was 11 as my father was very keen and this soon rubbed off on me. It took me a little while to really grasp the sport but after

How long have you been involved with the Dover Sea Sports?

I have worked with Dover Sea Sports for nearly five years now, I started off volunteering, helping the instructors with the youth courses throughout my summer holidays. I then went on to become a


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Dinghy Sailing Instructor myself and eventually a Senior Instructor. I now work full time at the centre and one of my roles is still instructing on the water (my favourite).

Why did you choose to work here and what do you love about Sea Sports?

I chose to start volunteering at Dover Sea Sports centre as I had just completed my GCSE’s at school and had very little else to do. Through my local sailing club another instructor mentioned that I would be of great use (along with some other friends) and this kicked off my summer.

I was already very fond of sailing and this gave me the chance to experience different Watersports such as Windsurfing, Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking and Powerboating. It also improved my Sailing and I learnt new skills and techniques that helped develop me as an instructor.

Why should we try Dover Sea Sports?

For a unique and different sport to engage in, it teaches new skills as well as enhancing those skills taught throughout life such as teamwork and the importance of communication.

Everyone starts on a level playing field giving all those children with less confidence the chance to progress without fear of failing in front of others. In past experience I have found that it is not usually the naturally sporty kids that do the best but those that work the hardest.

Is there any prior training required?

As we are a training centre, there is no prior knowledge needed before attending or taking part in a course. We will teach you the basics and help you develop into a safe and active sailor.

If you would like to get your school involved or would like further information then please do get in touch with me on 01304 212880 alternatively you can send me an email to

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