RYA National Sailing Scheme (Adults)

RYA National Sailing Scheme 2019

Scheduled courses

Senior Instructor: Colin deFleury

a) 6 (evening), 7 & 8 September 2019 – RYA Start Sailing – Level 1 (Beginners) -FULL-  6 places booked. 

b) 14 &15 September 2019 – RYA Better Sailing – Level 3 (assumes knowledge to L1 & L2) – 3 places booked, 1 provisional

When requested – Download : RYA National Sailing Scheme & Medical Consent Form. 

The cost of the courses (2 days) was previously £100 and has been discounted to £80 for members. (£130 to non-members). Membership requirements, rules and forms can be found on the Membership section : follow this link

Please return forms to CAYC :  1 Marine Parade, Whitehead, BT38 9QP

Sample Course Structure

Introductory evening – (2.5hrs) 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

RYA National Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Level 1 – (min 2 Days)

Followed by the next level

RYA National Sailing Scheme – Basic Skills Level 2 – (min 2 Days)

The courses are run to RYA standards over at least four to six days and one evening with (weather permitting) with the overall objective of achieving the RYA level 2 – Basic Skills. The course takes the form of a mixture of  practical experience, on shore drills and short talks and is aimed  at reaching a level where sailors can rig, launch and recover a dinghy, sail a basic course, return to shore and deal with a capsize situation .

Due to the vagaries of the weather course dates may be rescheduled as necessary and it may not be possible to complete all aspects of the course in the four days.

Once the course has been completed the participants will have first option on the use of the club boats for the remainder of the season.

Course Instructors

The course is typically run by 1 x RYA trained and certificated Senior Instructor with assistance from 1 x RYA Dinghy Instructor & Assistant Instructor under the guidance of the Club Principal or Chief Instructor.

Times/ Dates

Each year the Centre schedules at least two courses

Friday evening – Introduction 7:00 – 9:30

Saturday and Sunday – Start times are 9.30am with an expected finish time of about 4.30-5pm or other days if agreed

Course 1   RYA NSS – Level 1

Cost: £80 / or (£130 non-members)

The cost of the course (2 days) was previously £100 and has been discounted to £80 for members. (£130) for non-members with an option of RTC temp membership during the period of the course.

Course 2   RYA NSS – Level 2

Cost: £80 or (£130 non-members)

Non members have the choice to join the Club and pay a standard membership fee. Details of the fees can be found on this link : follow the link

N.B. First year of Full, Family, Single Family Memberships has a  50% discount. (Jan- Dec)

A RYA National Sailing Scheme log book and the RYA Start Sailing book are included in the price.


Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch with them or lunches can be purchased in Whitehead. Tea, coffee, biscuits etc will be available in the club house


The club has two RS Visions for training purposes and we may also use a GP14 and / or 2 Club Picos/ 2 Club Toppers & RS Feva

The club also has a supply of buoyancy aids for the use of anyone who does not already own one.

Personal Clothing

  • Sailing is an outdoor sport and you will be exposed to the weather and may end up in the water.
  • Launching and recovery of boats will involve wet feet.
  • A wet suit with a windproof top is ideal for dinghy sailing and is essential e.g. Capsize Drill
  • Clothing should be warm, windproof and waterproof. A spare change of clothes and a towel is also advisable.
  • Foot wear should be suitable for use in water.
  • A hat is strongly recommended, as is sun cream.
  • Glasses should be attached securely.

Buoyancy aids or a life jacket are essential when on the water and can be supplied by the club if necessary.

Health and Safety

Please note that sailing is only permitted in the presence of a safety boat. All participants must wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

Please ensure that you have completed the Registration / Medical Form and have posted it back to the Club as confirmation that you intend to attend the course. This will be provided to the Instructor to enable them to assess fitness, medical background and provide them with Emgerency contact numbers.

Insurance/Club Membership

All participants must be a member, or temporary member of the club. Membership section : follow this link

Membership in the first year receives a 50% discount for the following membership types:Full, Family, Single Family Memberships

If you are not a member of the club can you please complete Membership and Direct Debit Forms, both can be downloaded from the website. Reference Membership tab for more details.

National Sailing Scheme – RYA Adult Sailing Guide click to download

Start Sailing – LEVEL 1

Introducing you sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision

Basic Skills – LEVEL 2

Setting out the foundations of sailing for you

Better Sailing LEVEL 3

Consolidating skills and trying new ones

Assumed knowledge None Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1 Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2
Minimum duration 2 days 2 days, but is often combined with the Level 1 course into a 4 or 5 day course 2 days or equivalent
Minimum age 16 16 16
Course content How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules
Ability after course Able to sail in light winds under supervision Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules