RYA Training for Members
Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club is recognised as a Training Centre by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the governing body for all types of sailing in the U.K.
CVLSC is not a commercial training centre, so courses are only available to club members. If you wish to become a member, then please refer to the “Join CVLSC” page to see which membership option would best suit you.
RYA training at the club is overseen by the RYA Principal, John Warburton, and co-ordinated by Dave Orme. We have a dedicated team of RYA Instructors and Senior Instructors which enables us to offer to our members training in the following activities:
- Youth Courses – Stage 1; Stage2; Stage 3; Stage 4; Advanced.
- Adult Courses – Start Sailing; Basic Skills; Advanced: Seamanship Skills; Sailing with Spinnakers; Performance Sailing.
- Powerboat courses – Introduction to Powerboating Level 1;
- National Powerboat Certificate Level 2; Advanced: Safety Boat.
- In-house Race Officer training and fleet organised Race training.
RYA Dinghy Sailing Course Autumn 2018
“I would just like to say how enjoyable the course was, and your instruction exceptional. Thanks again for taking up your weekends to teach us – it was much appreciated.”
This course is available to adult (age 17+) club members only.
The course provides RYA combined Level 1 (Start Sailing) and 2 (Basic Skills) dinghy sailing training and is aimed at newcomers to sailing.
This is a mainly practical course with some classroom-based background theory included.
The four to five day syllabus is scheduled over three consecutive weekends to allow some flexibility for adverse weather.
No previous experience is required. For full details on the course syllabus visit the RYA website.
RYA Dinghy Instructor (DI) Course
As we always need more DIs, we will organise DI training courses at the club whenever we can confirm have the minimum number of sailors interested – 6 suitably experienced candidates, all over 16.
Becoming a DI is extremely rewarding and allows you to develop your sailing in a whole new way. If it is something you would like to consider, please contact Dave for more information.
If you want to gain some experience and see more training first hand before deciding whether being a DI is for you, there is the option of becoming an Assistant Instructor.
A great way to gain experience instructing is to become an Assistant Instructor. It is less demanding than the DI qualification so gives you the chance to have a go and gain some experience. The AI qualification involves a half day of instruction and then 20 hours of “on the job” training with a DI whilst assisting with the club training. Contact Dave if you are interested.
RYA Powerboat Courses
For members the Club run RYA Level 2 Powerboats courses. This is the minimum requirement for helming the Club RIBs.
It is a 2 day course run by the Club’s RYA qualified Instructors and you must attend both days.
The cost is £25 but this covers everything, the two RYA books required, the certificate, Instructors and use of the RIBs. There are no prerequisites. For day 2 you will require a passport sized photograph.
The dates for the courses during 2018 are :-
- Course 1: Saturday 26th May & Saturday 2nd Jun.
- Course 2: Thursday 21st Jun & Thursday 28th Jun.
- Course 3: Saturday 4th Aug and Saturday 11th Aug.
- Course 4: Saturday 29th Sep & Saturday 6th Oct.
We currently have spaces available on all courses. If you are interested or would like any further information please make contact with email@example.com