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Chew Crew

Friendly informal group tuition is provided for youngsters aged between 8 (by the 01-May-18), and 16. Dinghy Instructors, Assistant Dinghy instructors and experienced club members will give tuition. We use Optibats, Topper and Terra dinghies with full safety cover on Sunday Mornings from 10 am from May to September.

These sessions provide a marvellous opportunity for personal development of our children acquiring the skills of sailing and seamanship whilst having fun on the water. The sessions are open to all youngsters with Stage 2 ability.

Please note the following points:

  • Junior Sailing takes place every Sunday morning between 10.00 and 13.00.
  • Please be punctual to maximise time on the water.
  • Juniors must register on arrival and sign out before leaving.
  • Juniors must wear a correctly fitted Life Jacket or Buoyancy Aid and protective footwear at all times. A wet suit is highly desirable.
  • Plenty of warm clothing should be brought each week, including windproof and/or shower proof jacket a change of clothes and shoes.
  • No boat is allowed to sail unless the Rescue Boat is in attendance.
  • All Juniors must be prepared to enter the water for capsize drill, and be able to swim.

Junior Sailing relies on adult volunteers for the wide range of jobs that keep this activity going. Please will parents or guardians indicate in the space available on the Junior Application Form how they can help us with Junior Sailing. Once applicants have been confirmed parents will be contacted to find out more.  Adult helpers will be sent a form that needs to be completed in regard to the necessary child protection procedures. Please don’t be offended by this;  it is an essential procedure to protect our volunteers. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult helper in order to be allowed on the water.

Beginner Sailing RYA Stage 1 & 2

Learn to Sail

Intermediate Skills

Intermediate Skills. Max 12 per group.
(Sunday mornings if more people then the groups will be split up in to A & B weeks)

This group is for young sailors who have had some sailing experience and are gaining confidence on the water. They should be able to sail a sailing dinghy in light weather conditions and if necessary will be paired up with another more experienced sailor.  There will be a programme of activities on and off the water to gain confidence and learn skills in a fun environment. We are keeping numbers low to maintain good coach to sailor ratios.

This group will work on RYA Stage 1 &2 as a refresh/rust remover at the beginning of the season, and them move onto RYA Stage 3 activities.  The group will have the options of trying different boats such as RS Tera, Topper, Feva or Visions, which gives participants the chance of trying big boat sailing.

This group will be mainly run with a Dinghy Instructor or Assistant instructor and Parent helpers.

Please note if the weather is bad there will be on shore based activities and theory sessions instead of being on the water

Challenge Group

If there is sufficient demand, and suitable skills levels, a Chew Crew Challenge group will run.  The Challenge Group provides more advanced instruction across both seamanship and racing and is the stepping stone to the Assistant Dinghy Instructor qualification and/or the Chew race groups.  The curriculum is based on RYA Stage 4 topics, plus selected content from the Advanced and Racing Modules.

Sign up is via the Intermediate Group sign up on webcollect.  At the start of the Chew Crew season a decision will be made whether to run the challenge group or not, based on registered numbers and skill levels.

RYA Youth Courses

Booking via Webcollect

Youth Sailors must be members of Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club to access the Junior Programme or RYA training.

There is a single annual charge of £50 to participate in the Chew Crew Youth Programme.  This is a one-off fee regardless of the number of days you attend.

Contact the Chew Crew Co-ordinator if you would like to find out more.  Contact details are listed on the Youth Contact page.

RYA Stage 1&2 (youth) – Chew Crew 2018

A course providing RYA combined Level 1 and 2 dinghy sailing training, aimed at newcomers to sailing aged 8-16.

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Chew Crew 2018 – Intermediates (RYA Level 2 and above)

Friendly informal group tuition is provided for youngsters aged between 8 (by the 1st May), and 16.

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