The club is running one academy course this year starting on the 27th June for 6 weeks.
No, we believe the academy membership is not only a very cost effective way learn to sail, it gives you everything you need for your 1st year.
That’s no problem. We have built in an extra day to allow some flexibility. However, you might have some homework to cover in your own time.
If you can’t make the 1st day then you will need to turn up early the following week to cover some essential theory.
Yes, providing you reach the correct standard you will get a RYA certificate.
Luckily this does not happen often as we will work with you throughout the course. However, in some cases some people do not meet the RYA standards. If this happens, we will discuss the options of continuing your training at a later date or what you need to do for your self development.
As a minimum you will need some clothing that will get wet, and a set of dry clothes to change in to. A wetsuit or similar sailing clothing is ideal. However, we appreciate that you may not wish to invest in expensive new equipment straight away! The club does have a number of wetsuits you can borrow but our range is limited so it is a good idea to bring some tracksuit bottoms, cotton T-shirt and sweatshirt and if you have them, a wind proof jacket and trousers will keep you warm. Also remember your swimming costume and towel. You will also need some shoes that you don’t mind getting wet that are comfy and cover all of your foot. The sun is also more powerful on the water so I would recommend always applying a good waterproof sun cream of at least SPF 30.
We have a very good safety record at the club. Ensure you listen to the briefing at the start of the sessions and safety advice throughout the course. Should you wish to we can provide helmets to help protect your head. However, sometimes accidents do happen, however, one of your instructors will always be a qualified first aider. There will also always be a supporting motorboat on the water whenever you’re sailing. If you are not sure or have any questions on the day please ask. If you get cold during a session please let us know.
The lessons will start at 10am and finish around 4:30pm. We will normal have a break for lunch about 1pm. However the instructor might want to discuss the morning or afternoon session with the group over lunch so please don’t disappear.
The weather may be different down the club than it is at home so always assume you will be sailing. There are some days where it will not be possible to sail, however, the course does involve some theory so there will still be lots to learn, though we might finish early if it is not possible to get on the water.
The clubs galley offers hot and cold food and soft drinks for a reasonable price (I can personally recommend the ranch pasties). The club is open from 9:30am so if you fancy a bacon sandwich before your sail, turn up a bit early. They will open a tab for you during the day so you don’t have to carry money when sailing, but please ensure you pay before you leave.
Contact the training officer first instance and we will be able to advise you personally. The course does involve some swimming but you will be in a buoyancy aid at all times. It’s always a good idea to let you instructor know at the start of the day.