Training - 2016

tim hopes

Tim Hopes

Training Principal

pete bone

Pete Bone

Chief Sailing Instructor

andy may

Andy May

Powerboat Instructor

rosie dalton

Rosie Dalton

Training Administrator &
Safeguarding Officer



Whitefriars Sailing Club (WSC) is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre where we offer a range of RYA courses for both dinghy sailing and powerboating, as well as RYA first aid, which are informative, enjoyable and safe. These are aimed at WSC members and its affiliated groups, but we are also able to offer training to non-members on application. The RYA courses offer structured learning programs, outlined in these Adult PDF and Youth PDF.

If you are interested in learning to sail, please feel free to contact any of the WSC Training team and arrange to visit our friendly sailing club in the Cotswold Water Park. Dinghy sailing is a very easy sport to enter and can cater for a wide age range and even if you are less able-bodied, we are able to offer sailing instruction with our Sailability Group.

Don’t worry about not having a boat to start with, as we are able to supply boats for you for to learn in. You've nothing to lose by giving it a go, so why not arrange to visit us and we'll see if we can get you or family and friends afloat? We have Open Days on 15th May and 4th September 2016 when you can pop in and try the sport - here's what to expect.

Once you've learnt to sail you can focus your activities by taking part in Club racing or through our groups: Juniors, Ladies and Sailability – check their pages to see what they have planned.

Various courses will run through the year. They are advertised on the WSC website and on the Training noticeboard at the Club. A Club-wide mailshot is also sent for each course or training event.

Sailing courses for 2016

Summer Sail Training at WSC 20/6/16

All courses start at 9am.
Further course details and booking forms can be found here

Sailing courses for 2016

2nd April

RYA First Aid Course

Cost on application

23rd & 24th April

RYA Start Sailing course Level 1

Booking & costs

15th May

Push the Boat Out / Open Day

All welcome - no cost

21st & 22nd May

RYA Start Sailing course Level 2

Booking & costs

4th & 5th June RYA Level 3 / Sailing with Spinnakers Booking & costs

25 - 26 July

RYA Start Sailing course Level 1/ 2 Adult & RYA Stage 2/3 Youth

Booking & costs

27th July

Consolidation Day

28 - 29 July

RYA Start Sailing course Level 2/ 3 Adult & RYA Stage 3/4 Youth

3rd Sept

Try the sport / Open Day

All welcome - no cost

24th - 25th Sept

Race Training

Booking & costs


Powerboat course dates 2016

All courses start at 9am.
Further course details and booking forms can be found here




30th & 31st Jan


Must attend both days

20th & 27th Feb

In house Safety boat course

Attend either day

19th & 20th March RYA PBL2 Must attend both days
25th & 26th June RYA PBL2 Must attend both days
2nd April First Aid course RYA First Aid Course One day course
23rd July WSC Safety Boat One day course
24th & 25th Sept RYA PBL2 Must attend both days
3rd & 4th Dec RYA PBL2 Must attend both days

To be scheduled on demand

RYA Safety boat

Must attend both days

Download a RYA powerboat summary of courses

Powerboat course cost per person WSC members* Non-members Federation Members
RYA PBL2 (2-day course) with duty commitment** £50 n/a n/a
RYA PBL2 (2-day course) £120 £165 £135
The following courses require PBL2 as a pre-requiste      
In-house Safety Boat course (1-day course) No charge n/a n/a
RYA Safety Boat course (2-day course) £120 £165 £135

* Includes Severn District Sea Cadets

**Participants to complete In house Safety boat course and commit to x5 additional Safety Officer duties within ne calendar year of PBL2

All courses start at 9 am and generally finish by 5 pm.
Coaching sessions are available for Club members who are able to sail, but would like some informal instruction: own boats or Club boats can be used.
Course can be booked online through the Club WebCollect pages. All RYA courses are available to non-members and must be paid in full at the time of booking.
For full details of all the courses listed above click on the link to the RYA Training website.

For more information, please contact

Sailing courses: Pete Bone
Powerboat and safety boat courses: Andy May
Instructional opportunities and courses not listed: Tim Hopes
Bookings: Rosie Dalton
For general enquiries email: