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Our Courses

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Juniors Course
Learn to Sail

RYA YOUTH STAGES

1, 2 and 3

Autumn 2024 Course Dates to be confirmed.

To book a place please contact Kim at 

learntosail@suttonsc.org.uk

Introduction to the sport of sailing for Juniors aged 9 to 16 years..

This course usually runs alongside the Adult Level 1 and 2 Dinghy Sailing course over four consecutive Saturdays.

Juniors cover sailing basics along with water competency and safety, and usually train in our Club Topper boats which are slightly lighter to handle than the adult boats, but are still just as fun!

By the end of the course Juniors will be able to handle a Topper Dinghy on their own in fair conditions.

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Adults Dinghy Sailing
Levels 1 and 2

RYA LEVELS 1 AND 2

 

Autumn 2024 Course Dates to be confirmed.

To book a place please contact Kim at 

learntosail@suttonsc.org.uk

This course is usually run over four consecutive Saturdays and sets out the foundations of sailing for you. By the end of it you'll be a competent light wind sailor.

 

Sutton Sailing Club is an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) recognised training centre. This means that when we offer training every aspect of the provision has been recently checked to ensure it reaches RYA standards. This will include the facilities, sailing boats, safety boats, course organisation and teaching, which must be delivered by registered RYA certified instructors. 

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Members Only 
Powerboat and Safety 
Boat Courses

Next Course : Ongoing throughout the year

These courses are for members only and are run throughout the year.  They cover extensive training on operating the powerboat in preparation for safety duty and rescue and recovery during racing and social sailing days,  as well as training for safety boat cover.

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The club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre where we introduce and train those new to the sport, and encourage those beyond the first steps to improve and gain higher skills in the very broad activity that is sailing. To support our training programme there are a good number of club boats, which are also available for hire by members, avoiding the need to buy a boat when first starting out.  
Every aspect of the provision has been recently checked to ensure it reaches RYA standards. This includes the facilities, sailing boats, safety boats, course organisation and teaching, which must be delivered by registered RYA certified instructors. 

Key Course Details

RTC name: Sutton Sailing Club

Operating base: Sutton Sailing Club, Powells Pool, Monmouth Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6JL

Minimum duration of the course: Four Saturdays for Adult level 1 (Start sailing) & 2 (Better Sailing) or Junior Youth stages 1 & 2.

Maximum student to instructor ratio: nine to one

Course material included in the course: RYA Start Sailing book G3 & Log book G11 (Junior) G4 (Adult)

There are no hidden costs for the course books course, certificates, or exam fees - these are included in the cost of the course (£180)

Quick Questions and Answers

 

What sort of clothes will I need?

At some point you will probably get wet during the course so all clothing should be suitable for this purpose. A wetsuit is ideal, but otherwise quick draining clothing and a windproof jacket will get you through. Ie close fitting man-made fibre garments such as tracksuit trousers, nylon swimwear and fleece tops with a kagoule top and waterproof overtrousers will serve you better than layers of jeans, cotton tea shirts and  woolly jumpers. For delicate hands, gloves with padded palms and fingers. On your feet soft soled shoes, old trainers are ideal. A fleece hat or woolly hat will make a great difference if the weather is colder. The club has a limited selection of wetsuits and windproofs that can be borrowed.

 

What is the minimum age for a junior on the course?

like many sports sailing has quite a lot of skills to learn as well as some background theory. We have found that children younger than 9 really need 1 to 1 coaching, so we have set the minimum age as 9 years old.

 

What if I can't do all of the dates?

You do really need to be able to make all of the dates in order to complete the course to a good level, however if you cannot make all the dates let us know beforehand to see if we can personalise your training to get you to the required standard in a shorter period of time. This is not always possible due to number and availability of instructors, however we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Am I too old?

Your age is no barrier to starting sailiing and very many people who learn to sail do so in their later years. However some medical / physical conditions will make it more difficult so again talk to the course organiser if you have any concerns.

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