RYA Approved and Accredited Training Centre
The club is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as an approved training centre offering dinghy sailing, powerboat, safety boat, and 1st aid courses. Our instructors hold the appropriate RYA qualifications. Training and membership of the club is open to almost anyone. You do not need to be employed by Tata Steel, however, you will need to join the club first before starting a training course. Why not visit the club on a Sunday to gain an understanding of our activities. Any of our members will be able to direct you to one of our instructors.
These courses are suited for all levels of experience. Whether you are a complete beginner looking to find your sea legs,
or a more experienced sailer looking to touch up your skills, you will find the courses fun and educational.
A mix of classroom and water based training is practiced during the whole course, commencing with a safety briefing and getting to know the dinghy. The aim is to get you on the water as soon as possible. All trainees will achieve either RYA Level 1 or 2 qualifications, will be able to helm a dinghy safely and competently in good conditions, and have the ability to make the correct decisions on the water and onshore. The sailing course covers:
The correct clothing / equipment
Safety on and off the water
Understanding the weather
Rigging and boat preparation for sailing
Sailing and tacking
The 5 essentials – boat and sail handling
Sailing the triangular course
Basic rules of sailing
Coming alongside / pick up a mooring
Recover a man overboard
Taking a tow
Launching and landing – best approach
Capsize and recovery
An understanding of racing
“Start Racing” courses are held in June and July, and will teach you the neccecary rules you will need to know in order to take part in a sailing race.
These courses will teach you what you need to know to compete in a sailboat race, and will cover all the rules that a racer will need to know.
Upon completion, you will be confident and compitent at taking part in racing on the water.
Contact our Training Principal ([email protected]) about Racing courses to find out more.
Powerboat / First Aid
RYA Powerboat / safety boat level 1 and 2 courses are held to ensure our sailing members have the necessary
skills and knowledge to operate the patrol boats competently and safely.
The courses prepare members for their roster duties, and provide a pathway to becoming dinghy instructors.