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

2023 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  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. 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 mornings in the first half of the season, 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 (0900 hrs Start, finish 1300hrs)

 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July            Saturday 20th May has been reserved as a Taster Session for those new too sailing.

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 a Six-week session 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  (subsequent course £40)

£100 for a family of 2  (subsequent course £70)

£130 for a family of 3 or more   (subsequent course £100)

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

Saturday Development Sessions 

On Saturday mornings 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:

 15th July, 22nd July29th July, 

They are not RYA training courses but are a development session aimed at improving skills. 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. 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 Mirror, 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 Laser single handed dinghies and Mirror, 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 and Laser single handed dinghies and Mirror, Miracle and 2000 double handed dinghies. A combination of single and double handed dinghies will be used throughout the course.

Afternoon Consolidation of Skills

In the afternoon of the above training and development dates, there will be experienced people on the water offering advice and guidance. During this time attendees can elect to practice their skills or simply enjoy cruising – all of which qualifies as relevant hours in the sailor’s log book and so count toward their qualifications.



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.


Tide Times

01 April 2023

Time Type Height
03:51 low 1.27m
09:49 high 3.57m
16:23 low 1.49m
22:08 high 3.66m

02 April 2023

Time Type Height
04:59 low 1.01m
10:47 high 3.82m
17:18 low 1.26m
22:59 high 3.9m

03 April 2023

Time Type Height
05:45 low 0.78m
11:30 high 4.01m
17:58 low 1.08m
23:40 high 4.09m

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