Training - 2018

tim hopes

Tim Hopes

Training Principal

rupert whelan

Rupert Whelan

Chief Sailing Instructor

andy may

Alistair Baird

Chief 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 an Open Day on 14th May 2017 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 2018

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

Sailing courses for 2018

17th/18th March


More information

24th/25th March

Assistant Instructor

13th May

Push the Boat Out Day, with racing

19th/20th May Advanced Module tbc  
19th/20th May Assistant Instructor  
2nd/3rd June Level 1 Start Sailing More information
2nd/3rd June Level 2 Basic Skills
30th/31st July Training Course Week L1/L2 More information
1st Aug Training Course Week Consolidation
2nd/3rd July Training Course Week L2/L3

30th July -

3rd Aug

WSC Sailing Adventure Week


22nd/23rd Sep Training Course - Sailing  

Powerboat course dates 2018

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




17th/18th Feb

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Book online

3rd March

WSC one-day safety boat course

Book online

13th/14th Oct

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Book online

27th Oct

WSC one-day safety boat course

Book online

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 one 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: Rupert Whelan
Powerboat and safety boat courses: Alistair Baird
Instructional opportunities and courses not listed: Tim Hopes
Bookings: Rosie Dalton
For general enquiries email: