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RYA National Sailing Scheme (Adults)

Adult Sailing Courses are held during the summer; dates to be confirmed.

When requested - book on line or download : RYA National Sailing Scheme & Medical Consent Form. 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 Club schedules at least two courses

Friday evening Introduction 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday and Sunday Start times are 9.00am with an expected finish time of about 4.30-5pm or other days if agreed

Course 1 RYA NSS (Level 1 - Start Sailing )

2023 Cost: £130 or (£165 non-members)

The cost of the course (2 days) (£165) for non-members includes our RTC temporary membership during the period of the course.

Course 2 RYA NSS (Level 2 - Basic Skills Sailing)

2023 Cost: £130 or (£165 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 : Membership

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 certificates are included in the price. It is recommended to also purchase a RYA Start Sailing handbook- We can offer this at £6


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 Laser 2000 and / or 2 Club Picos/ 2 Club Toppers & 2 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 Emergency contact numbers.

Insurance/Club Membership

All participants must be a member, or temporary member of the club. Link: Membership.

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


Last updated 11:26 on 9 March 2024

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