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RYA Training for Members

Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club is recognised as a Training Centre by the Royal Yachting Association, the governing body for all types of sailing in the U.K. RYA training at the club is overseen by the RYA Principal, Mark Fordham, and co-ordinated by Rich Hole and we have a dedicated team of RYA qualified Instructors and Senior Instructors which enables us to offer to our members training for the following activities:

  • Youth Courses – Stage 1; Stage2; Stage 3; Stage 4; Advanced.
  • Adult Courses – Start Sailing, Level 1; Basic Skills, Level 2; Advanced: Seamanship Skills; Sailing with Spinnakers; Performance Sailing.
  • Powerboat courses – Introduction to Powerboating Level 1;
  • National Powerboat Certificate Level 2; Advanced: Safetyboat.
  • Shorebased courses – Day Skipper/Watch Leader and Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory courses.
  • In-house Race Officer training and fleet organised Race training.

RYA Courses

 “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.”

For adult dinghy sailing (17+) we offer the RYA National Sailing Scheme Adult beginners‘ courses Levels 1 & 2 combined into a single course (click the link for details).” The adult course takes 5 days to complete and is run twice a year.

The cost per person is £140. As we use the club dinghies for training, we can take up to 10 beginners per course and places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To apply for a place, book on line via WebCollect. Everyone on the course must be a club member, so if you have yet to join the Club go to the “Join CVLSC” page of the club website to get membership sorted and access to the WebCollect booking system.

The Spring 2018 course will be run over the 3 consecutive weekends 21/22, 28/29 April and 5/6/7 May.

The Autumn 2018 course will be held over the weekends 1/2, 8/9 and 15/16 September.

Youth training courses (for ages 8-16) are run separately by our “Chew Crew” team. The RYA Youth Stage 1 & 2 course will start from May 2018 and this will be a 5-6 week course depending on weather and competence of the youth sailors on the course. Contact Mike Kew if you would like to find out more: kewmichael@aol.com

 “Pay-and-Play Training”

“Pay-and-play” is an opportunity for anyone to have a taster session, or one-to-one instruction, from a qualified Dinghy Instructor at an agreed time and on any subject of their choosing. The session is for half a day and is charged at a flat rate of £40 for one or two people. Use of a club dinghy (Vision, Wayfarer, Topper, Optibat) is included, or you can use your own.

As “Pay & play” is offered as a taster session to non-members to see whether they might like to learn to sail, non-members can book a session subject to additional payment of the club’s daily guest sailor fee of £10, bringing the total to £50 for non-members.

If you are interested and would like more details then please contact Dave.

 Assistant Dinghy Instructors

A great way to gain experience instructing is to become an “Assistant Dinghy Instructor”. It is less demanding than the DI qualification so gives you the chance to have a go and gain some experience. The ADI qualifications 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 Rich if you are interested in this option.

NB: CVLSC is not a commercial sailing centre and so courses are only available to club members. If you wish to become a member, then please refer to the membership page.

For any questions on our training programme, contact Dave Orme, at training@chewvalleysailing.org.uk

 RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Training is delivered by club members who hold the RYA Dinghy Instructor (DI) certificate. As we always need more DIs, we will organise DI training courses at the club whenever we reach the minimum requirement of 6 adults (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 Dinghy Instructor – again, contact Dave for more information if you are interested.

 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 jeffstratford@btinternet.com

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