Learning to Sail

Learning to Sail

As a recognised RYA Training Centre, Broadstairs Sailing Club is able to offer members (children 8 and over and adults) training and coaching sessions during the sailing season. These are taught within the framework of the RYA National Sailing Scheme and Youth Sailing Scheme by members who are qualified RYA instructors.

All sessions are organised and staffed by club members giving up their time to encourage people into the sport. We are able to sign log books and issue final RYA qualifications. Details of the RYA National Sailing Schemes can be found at www.rya.org.uk

If you have any questions after reading the information provided here, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

2024 Training Programme 

Do you want to learn to sail but don’t know where to start?

Do you want to go beyond training and be able to sail on a regular basis?

Do you want to take part in more club events?

Looking ahead to the 2024 season, Broadstairs SC would like to help YOU get out onto the water, and to quickly and safely build up your skills and confidence so as to be able to sail regularly at our friendly club.

As a recognised training centre, we will be providing Royal Yachting Association training courses for beginners and improvers for club members only. Through our programme of sailing activities and events, we will be giving you of opportunity to practice and enjoy your new passion. 

Beginner to Race Ready Sailing Sessions  

On Saturday morning sessions, we will be running beginner to race ready RYA sessions for children and adults.  For children aged 8 to 15 a parent or guardian must be present at all times. We encourage parents or guardians to help on the day.

The  dates are:

Saturday Training Session (09.00 hrs Start, finish 17.00hrs)

Saturday May 4th and Saturday May 11th (The RYA Training is the 2 full days and therefore attendance for the 2 full days is essential)

The club is open to parents and guardians during the training sessions and will be serving lunches.

How to Book a Sailing Course  

If you or your children are interested in learning to sail and want to follow the RYA syllabus you must be a member. It is essential that you book on the course as places are strictly limited.

Click here for information on how to join the club.

Click here to Book a Sailing Course.

The cost of the 2 days will be £60 per person (see below), payable on registration (to support the club boats and safety boats running costs) . We ask that once you start the course, you commit to attending all of the sessions.

£60 for a single person

£100 for a family of 2

£130 for a family of 3 or more

More information about the course, the days programme and the requirements are available HERE: Training Course Requirements

Saturday Development Sessions 

On Saturdays  we will be running on the water sessions for children and adults  that have completed one or more of our courses.For children aged 8 to 15 a parent or guardian must be present at all times. 

The dates are:

18th May, 25th May, 1st June, 8th June, 15th June and 29th June

They are not RYA training courses but are a development session aimed at improving skills and will be run by RYA trainers and experienced sailors. These sessions count towards sailing days that can be entered into the RYA logbook to count as days on the water. It is essential that those who have completed 1 or more of our courses  attend these days to progress quicker through subsequent levels and will be given priority at subsequent training days. These sessions are included as part of the membership and consequently no payment is required. Booking for these sessions will be via a general email to all club members.

For those children new to sailing and over the age of 8:

The children will learn basic boating skills and receive an introduction to sailing, enabling them to have fun afloat. Whilst the course will follow the RYA Youth Sailing Level 1 syllabus, the training will be delivered informally and will include a number of fun activities. The program will be largely in the single handed  Topper dinghies and the double handed Miracle or 2000 dinghies.

For (older children) who have completed our courses in earlier years:

The program will follow RYA Youth Sailing Level 2,3 or 4  syllabi’s and will use Topper and Pico single handed dinghies and Miracle and 2000 double handed dinghies.

For Adults:

For adults new to sailing the program will follow RYA  Sailing Level 1 syllabus and those that have completed our courses before the program will follow the RYA Sailing Level 2 or 3  syllabi’s. All courses will use  Pico, Laser single handed dinghies and Miracle and 2000 double handed dinghies. A combination of single and double handed dinghies will be used throughout the course.

Volunteers Are Welcome

All of our trained RYA instructors and helpers are volunteers. As with any volunteer group, the courses can only run if we have enough staff to man all areas of the club, to ensure a safe and productive sailing programme. Please let us know if you would like to help in any way by completing the Pre Registration Form, we have many roles on, off and around the water.

If you need any further info please use this form to contact us.

    Tide Times

    20 June 2024

    Time Type Height
    05:43 low 0.83m
    11:29 high 4.07m
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    21 June 2024

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    22 June 2024

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    07:06 low 0.78m
    12:48 high 4.24m
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