RYA DINGHY SAILING LEVEL 1 & 2

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Beginners Sailing Instruction

Introductory courses for beginners, aged from twelve years onward (under fourteens must be accompanied by a responsible adult), leading to a certificate at Level One or Level Two of the Royal Yachting Association's National Sailing Scheme.

Level 1 Course

16 hours over two days, how to rig a boat, trim the sails, steer a course (Tacking and Gybing), Points of sailing, Leaving the landing stage, lee shore landing, dry capsize drill, Mark rounding, weather, "Rules of the Road" (IRPCS), knots

Level 2 Course

16 hours over two days building on the level 1 course, recap tacking and gybing, Man Over Board, Coming alongside, Capsize recovery drill, introduction to racing.

The majority of the course takes place in a boat, normally with a fully qualified instructor and one other other trainee. By the end of the L2 course, the successful sailor will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a small dinghy in light winds.

Course Availability 2018

19th & 20th of May, 16th & 17th of June (level 1 and 2 courses run on each date). Pre-course site visits to the club are welcomed.

Course Cost

£90 each - if Level 1 and 2 booked at the same time a £20 discount is offered. Children attending a course with an adult £70.

Sailing is FUN

Sailing can lead to fresh challenges including dinghy racing, which the Club organizes at the site most Sundays or simply potter about on the river!

Owning a boat is not essential as the Club have boats available for members and there are opportunities to crew for others if you choose to join the club.

Boats

Dinghies used for instruction are chiefly GP 14s, normally crewed by two people plus an instructor.

Capsize

Accidental capsize is possible but highly unlikely. Personal buoyancy aids are provided and a safety boat is on hand to deal with such an event. Capsize can best be described as a "stimulating and interesting experience". A planned capsize and recovery drill is an integral part of the certificate award at Level Two of the RYA National Sailing Scheme.

Sailing Gear

Course fees cover the use of boats and all ancillary equipment including buoyancy aids. No special clothing is required, but a warm sweater and a windproof anorak are necessary. Soft-soled non-slip footwear is essential.

Weather Conditions

Excessively strong winds or conversely, no wind at all - or persistent rainfall makes for difficulties in learning to sail. Advantage is taken of such circumstances, should they occur, for essential but low-key discussion on the theory of sailing, the 'rules of the road' and safety procedures.

Over-subscription

Should courses be oversubscribed, places will be allocated in the order of applications received.

Contact

Keith Stevens

01684 833061

Training

Steve Trzoska

ardensctraining@gmail.com

Membership

Steve Trzoska

ardensctraining@gmail.com