Watersports Project: All on Board

Promoting watersports across coastal West Sussex

“The West Sussex coastal region has great potential as a visitor destination”

It has a range of outdoor attractions, activities and watersports to match any other UK destination and it is only 1.5 hours from London and Gatwick.

Research shows that Britons are taking holidays both abroad and in the UK. Sports participation analysis also indicates that active outdoor activity is on the rise.

In Autumn last year, the partnership announced it had been awarded a £170,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund towards the £340,000 project to develop watersports in the Coastal West Sussex region.

All on Board aims to put coastal West Sussex on the map as an active water sports hub; growing water sports tourism, extending the season and helping water sports businesses in the area to thrive, grow and create new jobs.

Aims of All on Board

To transform the visitor economy from day trippers into weekenders and develop the visitor shoulder season.

To create a sustainable local watersports industry and increase employment opportunity.  

To position the coastal West Sussex region as a watersports destination, attracting visitors from the rest of the UK  and overseas.

Revitalising local enthusiasm for watersports.


A report looking at the “visitor welcome” and the facilities the coastal West Sussex area had to supports the watersports industry  was produced in 2019 and can be found here


Learn more about the project manager

Samantha Smithson is an all-round water sports enthusiast and is regularly out on the water anywhere between Hove and Worthing if the wind is blowing. She started out as an RYA windsurfing instructor, eventually becoming became an instructor trainer and is also a BSUPA Paddleboard instructor and enjoys paddling when the wind is light. Find out more here.

Sign up to the latest All on Board event


Come and join us at our next All on Board Event: Business Growth and Promotion Breakfast Workshop, aimed at tourism-related businesses. Learn about the value of collaboration with complementary businesses.  There are two dates to choose from, 4th Feb at Worthing Dome or the 12th Feb at Chichester Yacht Club.
Click here to find out more about the event and register for your tickets now

Watersports directory 

All on Board have their own dedicated watersports webpage on Experience West Sussex.
Where you can also get inspiration for trips with the help of guides and itineraries.


If you are a watersports business and would like to be kept updated with All on Board activities, you can sign up to the newsletter here or contact Samantha Smithson.