RYA Sailing Training 2021

RYA-Logo-Transparent-320pxDinghy Cadets IMG 3695-1Sussex Yacht Club has been a RYA Recognised Teaching Centre for twenty five years and all the courses offered are internationally recognised, following guidelines set down by the national body for our sport.

Our facilities are ideally suited to teaching beginners of all ages to enjoy boating with the benefit of Southwick, with its protected non-tidal waters and Shoreham, which enables direct access to the river adur and the sea. Both of our club houses have changing/shower facilities.

The Club has a variety of sailing craft ranging from Sonar keel boats to Oppies for our youngest members to use and we have a modern fleet of safety boats with trained crews on hand at every sailing session.


Questions & Booking

Our training courses are administered by Paula Fox in the SYC Office

To book a course the first step is to check availability on your chosen dates with the office on 01273 464 868 (09:00 to 14:00 Mon to Fri) or you can email training@sussexyachtclub.org.uk.

Once your place is confirmed by phone or email then you need to read our terms and conditions and then complete the application form which can be downloaded here ››

If your chosen course is full, additional courses are often run as demand requires, which also goes for some RYA courses not shown on these pages; if there is something specific you want to master then please let Paula know and if enough demand is generated we will try and arrange a suitable additional course.


Young Sailors Scheme

Topper IMG 3897Young Sailors Scheme 2022 - RYA Stages 1, 2, 3 & 4

The RYA Young Sailors Scheme has been developed to encourage young people to learn to sail in stages within a sound framework of safety and tuition.

The minimum age for any of our courses is 8 years and you must be a club member to come on this course... It's not hard to join as a cadet and costs just £45.00 - here's how ››

We recognise that children learn at very different rates, according to their age and enthusiasm, which is why we don't set time limits for the different stages. With each of the stages expressed in terms of competencies, it gives instructors the flexibility to sign off each part of the syllabus as competence in that skill is demonstrated.

Nobody can fail, but individuals may just need a little more time and experience to qualify; these certificates are not awarded just for turning up!. If your child is taking time to get the hang of things we do not want them to feel unhappy, and will work hard with them to encourage the best possible level of personal attainment. Our aims are to ensure all the kids have a lot of fun, learn a great deal and want to continue sailing in the future.

All three of these courses are run simultaneously during our young sailors week in August and costs £175. All the children taking part must be members of Sussex Yacht Club and as a cadet this costs just £45.00. This course is really popular and we suggest you book as early as possible.

Sailing for Beginners

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These two-day sailing course, catering for both adults and children 13 and over. We cater for complete beginners, or those who have attended a taster session.

At the end of these courses, you should be able to sail safely and independently in light conditions, and subject to suitable progress, you should obtain your RYA Level 1, 2 or 3 certificate. The syllabus will include helming (steering) and crewing a dinghy on all points of sailing, rigging, launching and recovery, approaching jetties up and down wind, man overboard and capsizing. If conditions permit, we shall go to sea late in the course, which will enable the coastal endorsement to be awarded.