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RYA Recognised Training Centre & RYA Pathway Club

Policies, Processes and Procedures

N.B. all Documents undergoing reviews and updates: March 2024

Principal: John Lewis

Training & Administration Officer: Sheela Lewis

RTC Inspection took place Sept 2023 carried out by Paul Prentice.

Overview of RTC Structure

County Antrim Yacht Club is affiliated to the RYA and has been operating as a RTC for over 30 years with a successful record of training activities.

  • Each year approx. 3-4 weeks of summer Youth Sailing Schemes take place offering places to 40+ children from 8 yrs upwards.
  • National Sailing Schemes are also scheduled across evenings and weekends facilitating sail training for approx. 6-9 Adults.

With investment into developing sailing skills to racing skills the Club was awarded RYA Champion Club status and we now have a strong team of L2 Race Coaches delivering race training. 2018 the Club was re-accreditation as a Pathway Club. In February 2023 the Club was awarded RYA OnBoard status.

The Club owns:

  • 6 x Toppers (3 of which were awarded by the JMST Scheme, a 4th has been sold internally).
  • 2 x Picos, 2 x RS Visions, 2 x RS Feva that facilitate non boat owners to take part in sailing and racing activities at the Club.
  • 4 RIBs. 2 Humber 4.5m and 2 Avons 4m. Each with a 40HP engine

In 2019 the RTC was updated to include RYA First Aid and Marine Radio (SRC) courses. 2020 we added RYA Safe & Fun online training.

Powerboat L1/L2 and Safety Boat courses are run each year, usually facilitating at least 6-9 members in this area.

To support all of these activities the Club also promotes the ongoing training requirements for First Aid, Club Race Officers, Rules awareness and Safeguarding Child Protection.

Safety / First Aid Notice for Parents & Carers

All courses require students to complete a Medical / Consent form as part of the registration process.

If your child suffers a concussion on a course or outside of the course, it is vitally important that you keep all people/organisations with responsibility for caring for your child informed so that they are aware of the potential dangers and any restrictions that may apply to the activities your child is permitted to do.

World Sailing has produced a concussion recognition tool to help you identify someone that might be concussed.

The most common symptoms of a concussion to look out for are:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Headache
  • Disturbances in vision
  • Dizziness and/or nausea
  • Lying motionless
  • Facial injury or trauma
  • Difficulties with memory

The 'Recognise and Remove' leaflet produced by the Department of Education and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is available on the Department of Education's website and provides guidance on the signs to look out for. Link to Leaflet :Recognise and Remove'

Keeping everyone informed about concussion is in your child's best interests and parents/carers have a key role in making sure that information is passed on to their sports coach, youth leader or other care provider.

People Resources

Senior Instructor (9): John Lewis, Colin de Fleury (Keelboat endorsed), Steffi Lewis, Jocelyn Hill, Richard Robinson (Keelboat endorsed), Ellen McCarlie, James Corbett, Michael Rock and Holly McConnell

Dinghy Instructors (7): Emily Hill, Taylor Black, Ellen Barbour, Daniel Corbett, Jenna Reid, Joseph Karauzum and Luke Simpson. (Renewal - Jonathan Wilson)

External DI from EABC - Joshua Kane assisted in 2022/ Louise Leonard - CSC/ 2023, Charlie O'Malley - BYC/2023

(Jenny Lewis (First aid required), Henry Cavan, Timmy Robinson) lapsed DI certificates.

Level 2 Race Coaches (13): Sheela Lewis, John Lewis, Jocelyn Hill, Rory McKenna, Ben Ferris, Ellen McCarlie, Emily Hill, James Corbett, Daniel Corbett, Michael Rock, Jenna Reid, Joseph Karauzum, Holly McConnell and Ellen Barbour.

(Renewals of RCL2 required for Gavin Pollard, Scott Carse, Andrew Mitchell)

Powerboat Instructors (7): John Lewis, Colin de Fleury, Rory McKenna, Richard Robinson, Simon Exley, Sheela Lewis, and Heather Foster-Sharpe.

First Aid Instructors (1) Simon Exley

SRC /VHF: Richard Robinson & Assessor : Simon Exley

Assistant Instructors (4): Caitlin MacManus, Rory Pollard, Calum Pollard and Alita Taylor

External resources: Senior Instructor & Powerboat Instructor : Graham Moucka / FAI - Jane Conradie


Last updated 20:34 on 18 April 2024

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