Training CoursesPlease note that these courses are only available to club members.
Sailing for BEGINNERS
Combined RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Beginners Courses: A rolling programme on Wednesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.45pm, from the early May until the end of July – the more you attend, the more you will achieve! Cost of £100 includes loan of a wetsuit and buoyancy aid if needed and boat hire. RYA Start Sailing Book (G3) and RYA National Sailing Scheme Logbook (G4) are also included in the cost.
We offer the first session as a free taster session. This free taster session is only available in May/early June. Please aim to arrive at 6.15pm so that training can start at 6.30pm.
Introducing you to sailing with all you need to know to get afloat, under supervision
Setting out the foundations of sailing for you
|Assumed knowledge||None||Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1|
|Course content||How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering||Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge|
|Ability after course||Able to sail in light winds under supervision||Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions|
Sailing for IMPROVERS
Combined RYA Level 3 and Start Racing Courses: A rolling programme on Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8.45pm, from early May until the end of July – the more you attend, the more you will achieve! Cost of £100 includes wetsuit, buoyancy aid and boat hire. The RYA Handy Guide to the Racing Rules can be purchased at a small additional cost. Please aim to arrive at 6.15pm so that training can start at 6.30pm.
Consolidating skills and trying new ones
The fundamentals of getting off the start line and round the course
|Assumed knowledge||Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2||Sailing and knowledge to at least the standard of the Level 2 course|
|Course content||Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules||All the skills required to start club racing, including how to maximise boat speed and outwit your opponents|
|Ability after course||More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules||Able to take part in club racing in good conditions|
Sailing beyond ‘start racing’
Open to all club members who have completed the RYA Level 3 and Start Racing course.
A rolling programme on Thursday evenings 6.30pm to 8.45pm, from early May until the end of July – the more you attend, the more you will achieve! Cost of £50 includes wetsuit, buoyancy aid and boat hire. Please aim to arrive at 6.15pm so that training can start at 6.30pm.
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course: Selected weekends
Maximum 3 people per course. Course includes RYA Start Powerboating book (G48), wetsuit and buoyancy aid hire. A two-day entry level course which provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It focuses on low-speed close-quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.
|Minimum age||12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.|
|Course content||Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard.|
|Ability after the course||Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.|
Powerboat refresher training: Selected dates
These courses are free and only open to club members. The courses are for those who can already drive a powerboat but would like to refresh their powerboat skills.
For SAFETY BOAT CREWS
RYA Safety Boat Course: Selected weekends.
Maximum 6 people per course. Course includes RYA Safety Boat Handbook (G16), wetsuit and buoyancy aid hire. A two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.
|Assumed knowledge||Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate must be held prior to this course.|
|Course content||Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users.|
|Ability after the course||Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing.|
First Aid Courses
First Aid courses
RYA first aid courses take place on selected dates throughout the year. A reduced course fee is available for club members.