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The club's RYA Training Centre runs many courses for both non-members and any club members wishing to improve their skills.

The Sailing School promotes sailing as a way of introducing people to one of the UK's top dinghy and catamaran sailing clubs. The school provides first class tuition using the best modern equipment and is recognised and inspected by the RYA.

Outlines of the courses available are shown below, for further details on availability see our Course Schedule.

To discuss which course might be most suitable for your please email to or phone Craig on 07894 507812

Beginners' courses for adults

Beginner Level 1 is aimed at the absolute beginner. It provides an introduction to sailing including how to sail in all directions and an awareness of launching and recovery. By the end of the two days you will be able to sail in light winds under supervision.

Beginner Level 2 is aimed at those with Level 1 or equivalent experience. Its aim is to consolidate your basic knowledge of sailing, develop an awareness of safety and by the end of the course to be capable of sailing a dinghy without an instructor on board in light winds.

The courses run from approximately 09.30 to 16.00 each day and are led by a Senior RYA instructor. As a good starter to dinghy sailing it is advised that you take both level 1 and level 2.

Beginners' courses for youth (RYA stages 1-4)

These four-day courses cover a wide range of dinghy sailing skills, leaving you well on the way to becoming a confident small boat sailor. Students are aged between 10 16 years to start on these courses.

The beginner stages 1&2 will incorporate launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat, basic sailing and collision avoidance. Stages 3 & 4 provides instruction in rigging, sailing techniques, capsize recovery/man overboard and sailing theory. By the end of these youth courses students will be able to launch and return to the beach and sail around a triangle course in moderate conditions.

The courses run from approximately 09.30 to 16.00 each day and are led by a Senior RYA instructor with a limited student to instructor ratio.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two day course is at the core of our training provision and is designed for both absolute beginners and existing boat users. The RYA Powerboat 2 qualification is recognised in many countries and is the required standard to allow certificate holders to hire powerboats up to 10m (International Certificate of Competence).

The course is designed so students spend more than 70% of their time afloat. In this course, the emphasis is very much on safe boat handling in harbours and out to sea. Time is spent learning the art of mooring, turning in confined spaces, recovering a man overboard and, of course, how to get a boat going on the plane and keeping it there comfortably. We also try to include practical section on navigation at sea.

  • Aim: To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Ratio: 1:3 (Instructor: Student)
  • Suitable for: For people who would like to improve their boat handling skills
  • Assumed knowledge: None
  • Cost: Click here for current pricing

Safety Boat Familiarisation

If you are a club member and feel you could profit from some tuition on how to helm and crew a rescue boat, please get in touch as we are able to provide free sessions in this regard from time to time.

For further details about all elements of powerboat training please contact Craig Bond on or 07894 507812.

A copy of our BSC Child Protection Policy Statement. BSC Code of Conduct and other relevant documents can be found here.

Last updated 12:29 on 4 March 2024

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