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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.”

The Adult Spring 2017 RYA courses take 5 days to complete and will be run at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on 22, 23, 29, 30 April, 1 May. The late-summer courses take 6 days: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 September which includes ‘Barts Bash’ on 17 September.

We will be offering the RYA National Sailing Scheme Adult beginners’ courses Level 1 & 2 combined into a single course. If there is demand for the Adult Stage 3 then we will run this course as well. (Click the links for details).

This year, the RYA youth Stages 1&2 are being delivered as part of the ‘Chew Crew’ programme in May and June. The RYA Stage 1 & 2 course will start from Sunday May 7th and this will be a 5-6 week course depending on weather and competence of the people on the course. Contact Mike Kew if you would like to find out more. kewmichael@aol.com

The cost per person is:

Adult £140
To apply for a place, complete the enrolment which includes further instructions. Places are limited so its first-come-first-served.

Download Application Form

 “Pay-and-Play Training”

Pay-and-play training is the chance for you to have one-to-one instruction from a qualified Dinghy Instructor at a time that suits you and on any subject of your 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. If you are interested and would like more details then please contact Rich.

 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 Rich Hole, at training@chewvalleysailing.org.uk

 RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Training is delivered by club members who hold the RYA “Dinghy Instructor” certificate. As we always need more DIs we will organise DI training courses at the club when ever we reach the minimum requirement of 6 adults (over 16). Becoming DI qualified is extremely rewarding and allows you to develop your sailing in a whole new way. If it is something you would like to consider, then please contact Rich for more information.

 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 2017 are :-

  • Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th August.
  • Thursday 14th and Thursday 21st September.
  • Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October.

We currently have spaces available on all three courses. If you are interested or would like any further information please make contact with jeffstratford@btinternet.com

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