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Junior Training

Spring Friday Evenings

This course is for Junior Club Members up to 16 years of age and runs on six Friday evening sessions during May and June; from 6pm to 8:30pm. Junior's must be aged 5 or over to be eligible to apply for a place. Children are split into groups dependent on age and ability and are allocated Club Boats suitable to their weight and sailing skills. Parents of children under 9 must remain on site for the duration of the training. The course covers the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme syllabi for Stages 1 to 4, but there is not always sufficient time to complete an RYA Stage over the 6 weeks. Time on the water and extra practise is encouraged at Social Sailing and should be recorded in log books. Warm hot dogs and pizza are generally available from the Galley, in addition to the usual range of drinks and snacks.


Summer Week

The Summer Week is an intensive 5 days of both practical and theory sessions open to Juniors aged 9 or above. Club Boats are available for use and are allocated dependent on which RYA course is being followed. Those offered are Stages 1 to 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme and, occasionally, the Seamanship advanced module from the National Sailing Scheme, dependent on demand. Adults are offered places only if there are sufficient places available. The course runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm on five days, so packed lunches are required. RYA certificates may be awarded if candidates meet the required standards.


Autumn Training

This course is for Juniors only and runs on over two days, from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Juniors must be aged 5 or over to be eligible. Children are split into groups dependent on age and ability and are allocated Club Boats suitable to their weight and sailing skills. Parents of children under 9 must remain on site for the duration of the training. The course covers the RYA Youth Scheme syllabi for Stages 1 to 4, but there is not always sufficient time to complete an RYA Stage over the two sessions.


Wednesday Night Youth Club

The Wednesday night club is an opportunity for 'teenagers' with sufficient sailing skills to improve their sailing and join in with the Wednesday Evening racing while supported by a coach. Aimed at Juniors aged 11 and above, the focus of the sessions is on racing and Seamanship skills. Sailing is done in a mixture of single-handed and double-handed boats. RYA Certificates can be awarded if candidates achieve the required level of sailing.


Assistant Instructor Training

An Assistant Instructor qualification is open to those 14 or over, who hold the Seamanship qualification and are interested in helping out with Club training. It is only valid for the Centre where it is taken.


Race Training

Race training is aimed at adults and juniors who want to begin racing and/or want to improve their racing skills. You should be a competent sailor who has the sailing skills equivalent to an RYA National Sailing Scheme Level 2 certificate, or RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 certificate, (you need not have taken an RYA course). Adults will generally race in the Club Neo or Quest dinghies, Juniors will use their own boat or a Club Topper. Training consists of both theory sessions and practical exercises on the water. The RYA National Sailing Scheme 'Start Racing' certificate may be awarded if candidates have met the required standard.

Further details of this year's courses and the application process are available under Training Programme & Course Application and in the Training Calendar, while further information on the course syllabii are available from the RYA's Youth Sail Training Page and the RYA's Racing Training Page.

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