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Junior RYA Beginners Session

25th August, 10:00 - 12:00

Junior RYA Beginners Session

A single session working towards the RYA junior stage 1 scheme / onboard programme

NOTE: We normally run the beginners sessions as a bundle course as we find the kids need the progression from week to week building on the previous sessions skills.
So ideally please aim to come regularly - we do however realise due to holidays and other commitments that may not be possible at this time of year.

Who: 8-16 year olds with a taste for adventure (if interest from older / younger kids get in touch)

Dates: Sundays

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (parents need to be onsite throughout)


Members: £18 per session

Non Members: £32 per session

If you subsequently decide to join a discount is available.

What to expect:

These two hour sessions aim to give the budding sailors a start in their sailing life.

Time will be spent on land and on the water, adapting to suit the conditions of the day, with both theory and practice.

They will follow a sailing syllabus which includes

  • Sailing techniques and manoeuvres
  • Meteorology and recognising the effect it will have
  • Vocabulary of sailing
  • The principles of sailing
  • Maybe learn to capsize

The groups will be organised at a ratio of one coach and possibly an assistant coach to six beginners.

We may sail an assortment of dinghies and the coaches may be in a power boat alongside the sailing boats and sailors may take it in turns to swap in and out of boats.

Sailors will need the following equipment:

  • Wetsuit or drysuit (We do have some wetsuits available)
  • Wetsuit boots or old trainers that can get wet
  • Suncream
  • Hat, either to keep you warm or to keep the sun off
  • Waterproof clothing to change into as theory may be outside in the weather

Boats and life jackets will/can be provided. (Note: sometimes second hand kit is available on the club website 'For Sale' pages.)

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your selected session so you are ready to go on the water when the session starts.

Sailors will need to help rig / de-rig boats before and after their session. This is part of the RYA Syllabus.

Contact: with any questions or to register interest in learning to sail outside the target age range.

Last updated 9:18am on 24 February 2024

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