Safe and fun
Hands on learning
Well tried methods
Each year, our club puts on its annual Sailing Course using the Start Sailing programme of the RYA, following the syllabus of RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Qualifications.
We say children should be eight years old to come on the course but there is no upper age limit for adults - it is great when families join in.
Our course starts a week after the Push The Boat Out taser day. The accent is on safety, fun and relevant practical experience. There will be short briefings before each session on the water and de-brief at the end.
The aim is to take absolute beginners to the point where they can get out of their own and sail a set course (nothing more daunting than a simple triangle).
There is a full day of training on the Saturday, with the aim of putting in a good foundation for the subsequent sessions held on a short sequence of Sunday mornings (we race on Sunday afternoons). The aim is to have our new sailors through the intitial training before the summer holidays kick in.
We have a number of club boats which are used for the course and there are dinghies suited to both adults and children. Our students help to get them ready and put them away afterwards as part of the learning process.
The club also has buoyancy aids for students to borrow and it is necessary only to come in suitable clothes that won't spoil (particularly in regard to shoes) and to bring a spare set should they get splashed.
Those people who want to come on the course join the club for the rest of the year and make a contribution to the cost of upkeep of the club boats.
There is a limit on the number of people we can take through the course so an early sign-up is advised.
We are an Affiated Club rather than a training centre so we cannot issue RYA Certificates - however the course is managed by a qualified RYA Senior Instructor so we can make arrangements to take people to a centre where an evaluation session can be run and Certificates awarded.