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RYA Youth Sailing Scheme (Junior)

Children's Summer Courses - RYA Youth Sailing Schemes

The Online booking system is not open for the 2021 season.

There are 2 weeks of courses available this summer, for Beginners (Stage1), Stage 2, Stage 3 & 4. There are 12 places available on each course.

These are suitable for age 8 - 14 yr olds.

1) W/C 12 July - Beginners - this course is already fully subscribed with a waiting list as no places available

2) W/C 2 August - this may be a split course with some beginners moved to this date and stage3/4s from last year

Note: We are searching for another Senior Instructor for several more weeks. W/C 19 & 26 July.

2021 Fees

£140 (existing junior members)

£160 (non-members joining the Club for the course ) N.B. they will retain membership status until 31 December 2020 and gain the benefits of access to use Club dinghies.

The Full Fee must be paid as applicable to the Child's status at the time of booking online. If the online system is not available, a registration form may be downloaded here:

The syllabus to be covered may vary against some of the dates to facilitate the demand.

Review this Part 1 information Link for further information (2021 details): RYA YSS Joining Information 2020

If you have any queries please Email:

Guidance will be sent to you prior to the Course as a useful reminder and names confirmed of the Instructors

Summary of Joining Information Part 2

Course Times : 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Any alternations to this will be advised by the Senior Instructor please advise if you require any alternative schedules to be agreed.

If your children are beginners, please ensure they have the appropriate clothing as advised on the registration sheet.

Even add some more layers, they must always have a change of clothing.

A wetsuit and boots is ideal for these courses and many shops now stock affordable items that can be used at the beach etc.

A hat, a hoodie, a windproof top for over a wetsuit and perhaps another layer such as a sweatshirt underneath.

It may be summer, but in boating you can get cold very quickly.

A buoyancy aid can be provided by the club as we hold a range of sizes.

It is also very important that children do not leave the Club premises unless permission has been given by the Senior Instructor and this has had prior agreement with the Parent /Guardian.

A Pack Lunch should be brought each day, this is preferred to the alternative of children going to the shops & cafes in Whitehead. (in particular the youngest on the courses)

A RYA YSS Logbook is supplied to Beginners (cost included in course fee) , those with YSS stages should bring their book and have logged in the back section the sailing hours they have completed since the last course.

Replacement log books & certificates are £5

Certificates are awarded at the end of each week's course. you will also be made aware of the Captain's prize giving in Oct/Nov.

The Senior Instructor will signoff the activities completed on each course in the log book and provide feedback to your child.

(It is difficult for the SI to discuss progress with every parent at the end of the course. However, they provide written feedback to the Principal of the Club (John Lewis) and myself to support the on-going sailing development of your children.

Weather is a key factor for all courses especially the beginners. A full week of sailing can often lead to Stage 1 & Stage 2 achievements. However, be aware that a few days of no wind or too much wind may mean progress is limited.

Your children will still have fun on shore with the opportunity to cover some theory, practice knot tying and playing games !

The Course schedule for RYA stages suggests 2 days. We have additional days built in for contingency and practice time as a follow-on to the Course.

Parents may be interested in purchasing the RYA Start Sailing manual at £5 pre-course of during. Contact directly if this is required.

Youth beginners' courses and onwards info for your child.

The Youth Scheme is usually completed in small dinghies suitable for your size. This is a very high level overview

To make the most of our courses, ensure you are confident with the skills of one course before moving on to the next course

The RYA states that most courses are a minimum of two days long (or an equivalent number of short sessions). They may be run over a longer period, especially if you haven't sailed since your last course.

Experience at CAYC has proven you need at least the week to gain the basic understanding and start to develop the skills then it is practice, practice

Use the back of your log book to detail every occasion you sail, what were the weather conditions etc.

Sailing is a sport which gets better with practice, and you should try to sail between courses whenever you can. Practice makes perfect!

Below is only a guide: Some children may only achieve a single stage over 1 week course.

Guide to booking a course:

Select the Course dates from the dropdown and complete all sections on the online form and make the payment. Toggle the pay membership now to enable full payment for course and membership when you have finished.

The membership form is still an offline process, please send this to the address on the form and indicate payment made on this online system. if your child joined last year there is no need for another form, just add pay membership now.


Last updated 18:40 on 11 June 2021

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