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Training Courses

Our training centre usually runs two training courses a year, training to RYA Level 1 and Level 2 standard, held over 2 weekends, one course in May - June, and one in September - October.

As a small club, our courses are limited to 12-15 places maximum, including juniors, to keep a good instructor to student ratio of 3-1 or 4-1.

Training Schedule

We are running two courses in 2014, a Spring/Summer one running from Level 1 Friday evening-Sunday 13-15 June followed by Level 2 Saturday-Sunday 21-22 June., and then an Autumn Course, running from Level 1 Friday evening-Sunday 13-15 September followed by Level 2 Saturday-Sunday 21-22 September.

Places are filling fast for the Spring course, so if you'd like to get on it, please contact our training secretary01902 341754.

Cost

The cost for a five-day training course place will be £140 for both levels or single level 80 (130/75 for club members and juniors aged 12-16). If courses are over-subscribed, places will be allocated in the order in which applications are received. Club members may receive a reduced cost.

Boats and Equipment

For instructing, we use a variety of Wayfarer, Topper, 420, RS Feva, Pico and Topaz dinghies, with each boat usually having a crew of two or three together with an instructor or solo sailing. Bouyancy aids will be supplied, and are mandatory; protective helmets can also be supplied if necessary. Footwear should be soft-soled, non-slip, and should be supplied by the trainee, and also clothing suitable for the weather conditions at the time should be worn. A capsize recovery will be required at some point during the course.

Weather

Learning to sail should be a fun experience, therefore in conditions of excessively strong winds or where there is no wind at all, or in persistent heavy rain we will carry out land based sessions.

Capsizing is part of sailing - it will happen at some point! A capsize recovery will be required at some point during the course, however our safety boat will always be on hand during the course to help. That is, if you are in the small area of the lake where it isn't shallow enough to stand up in!