RYA Training for Members

Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club is an RYA recognised training centre for dinghy sailing courses and powerboat courses. Training takes place on the lake in our fleet of training dinghies and RIBs, and in our dedicated training room. We have a friendly team of instructors ready to welcome you.

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.

Scroll down to discover the powerboat and dinghy courses that we are currently offering. For youth dinghy sailing courses, please see our Learn to Sail.

Adult RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses 2021

Beginners Courses Combined RYA Start Sailing Level 1 and Basic Skills Level 2

“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.”

Our RYA courses for adult beginners are available to club members age 17+. We are running 2 beginners’ courses in 2021.

The beginners course provides RYA Level 1 (Start Sailing) and 2 (Basic Skills) dinghy sailing training and are aimed at total newcomers to sailing.

They are mainly practical courses with some classroom-based background theory included. Students are provided with copies of the RYA’s excellent Start Sailing guide and the RYA Sailing Scheme Syllabus and Logbook to help them through (and beyond) the course.

The course is run to the RYA’s guidelines ensuring a maximum 3:1 student/instructor ratio to start the course. This may be increased to a maximum of 4:1 towards the end of the course at the discretion of the Senior Instructor running the day.

The combined course can be completed in ideal conditions in 4 days, but is scheduled over 6 days – 3 weekends – to allow some flex for the weather.

Date Time Event
22-May-21 Sat 08:30 - 16:00 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1)
23-May-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1)
29-May-21 Sat 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1)
30-May-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1)
05-Jun-21 Sat 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1) reserve day
06-Jun-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 1) reserve day
03-Jul-21 Sat 08:30 - 16:00 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2)
04-Jul-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2)
10-Jul-21 Sat 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2)
11-Jul-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2)
17-Jul-21 Sat 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2) reserve day
18-Jul-21 Sun 09:30 - 16:30 RYA Training L1/L2 (Course 2) reserve day

The cost for the Combined Level 1 (Start Sailing) and Level 2 (Basic Skills) course is £195 – payable via members’ Webcollect accounts.

For further details on the content of each course visit the RYA website.

RYA Better Sailing Level 3

The Better Sailing course provides RYA dinghy sail training for sailors who have gained their Level 2 qualification or can demonstrate sailing skills to Level 2 standard. Ideally, Level 3 candidates will have completed least 1 season’s practical sailing.

Students receive coaching to consolidate their Level 1 and 2 skills and enjoy taster sessions from some of the advanced modules of the RYA National Sailing Scheme: Performance Sailing; Sailing with Spinnakers; Seamanship; and Day Sailing.

After the course students will be more confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules.

The course can be completed in ideal conditions in 2 days, but is scheduled over 4 days – 2 weekends – to allow some flex for the weather.

The course will be arranged to suit students’ needs and to ensure a maximum student/instructor ratio of 4:1

Level 3 Course dates will be confirmed as soon as possible after COVID restrictions are lifted

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For further details on the content of each course visit the RYA website.

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 RYA Dinghy Instructor (DI) Course

As we always need more DIs, we will try to 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 you are interested, a good first step is to look at the pre-course requirements on the RYA website. This will help you to judge whether your sailing skills are sufficiently developed to give you the best chance of success on the course. 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.

 RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructors (AI) Course 2021

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 approximately 20 hours of training. This typically takes the form of a 2 day course followed by “on the job” experience at the club.

The course includes basic teaching principles, club procedures, and familiarisation with the club’s fleet of training dinghies. It is delivered by one of the club’s RYA Senior Instructors with a maximum of 6 participants. You will be provided with a copy of the G14 RYA Instructor Handbook to support your learning and development as an Instructor.

Date Time Event
10-Apr-21 Sat 09:30 - 17:00 RYA AI Course 1
11-Apr-21 Sun 09:30 - 17:00 RYA AI Course 1

Please contact Dave if you are interested.

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 Powerboat Level 2 Courses 2021

For members the Club run Powerboats Level 2 courses which is the basic course to enable you to Helm the Clubs RIBs for rescue duty.

It is a two day course and you must do both days, no previous experience is required the only requirement is you have to be 16.

The “Inland” endorsement has now been abolished and you will get an open certificate which allows you to apply for a International Certificate of Competence.

The dates for the courses during 2021 are :-

Please book and pay through your webcollect account, the cost is £40 which includes the start powerboating book, syllabus and logbook, certificate and training by RYA Instructors. The cost elsewhere is about £300 so the Club heavily subsidise it for Club members.

The maximum number of students per course is 9 and the RYA guidelines of one instructor to three students will be strictly adhered and an additional instructor will be on hand to assist.

Any questions please contact jeffstratford@btinternet.com

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Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course 2021

For RIB helms who already have RYA Powerboat Level 2

This is NOT an RYA course but you will get a certificate from the Club.
You need to have completed Powerboat Level 2 to do it.
We show you how to rescue people and boats. It is one day and it’s FREE, the aim is for all Rescue helms to do it.

The dates for the courses during 2021 are :-

Date Time Event
03-Apr-21 Sat 09:00 - 16:30 Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course CANCELLED
19-Jun-21 Sat 09:00 - 16:30 Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course
25-Sep-21 Sat 09:00 - 16:30 Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course
16-Oct-21 Sat 09:00 - 16:30 Advanced Rescue Helm Safety Course

To book a place or ask any questions email me jeffstratford@btinternet.com