Sailing and Powerboat Courses

Whitefriars Sailing Club (WSC) is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre where we offer a range of RYA courses for both dinghy sailing and powerboating, as well as an accredited first aid course. The courses are aimed at WSC members and the affiliated groups, but we open  certain training dates to non-members on application.

The RYA courses offer structured learning programs run in an informative, enjoyable and safe manner by instructors who are also WSC members.

The Club also offers instructor-led informal training for Club members on most Saturdays from mid-March throughout the season.

If you are interested in learning to sail or helm a powerboat, please feel free to contact the WSC Training team [email protected] 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 have a fleet of training dinghies ready for you to learn. 

Once you've learnt to sail you can focus your activities by taking part in Club racing or through one of our groups: JuniorsWomen on the Water and Sailability – check their pages to see what they have planned. The Club also has hire boats available once you have demonstrated your new skills.

Various courses will run through the year. They are advertised on this website and on the Training noticeboard in the Club.

RYA Training Centre

Adult dinghy training courses 2022

  • All courses run from 9am - 5pm.
  • Buoyancy aids and boats are provided.
  • More dates and courses for 2022 may follow depending on demand.
  • Course can be booked by WSC members through Loveadmin accounts.
  • Courses are available to non-members but will only be available to book one month prior to the date of the course and must be paid in full at the time of booking. Email: [email protected]
  • Further course details and booking forms can be found here.

Download a RYA sailing summary of courses here.

RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing (2 day course)

Cost: WSC members £100 and non-members £200

No previous knowledge of sailing required.

Members book through your membership Loveadmin account.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected]

  • Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2022
  • Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022
  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022
  • Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022 (weekend before Training Week)
  • Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July (during Training Week)
  • Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th August - EXTRA COURSE 

RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills (2 day course)

Cost: WSC members £100 and non-members £200

Previous sailing knowledge required to Level 1 equivalent.

Members book through your membership Loveadmin account.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected].

  • Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2022
  • Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022
  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022
  • Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022 (weekend before Training Week)
  • Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July (during Training Week)
  • Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July (during Training Week)
  • Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

RYA Advanced Skills (2 day course)

Cost: WSC members £100 and non-members £200.

Members book through your membership Loveadmin account.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected].

  • Seamanship: Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July (during Training Week)
  • Sailing with Spinnakers: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September

WSC Consolidation Day

Cost: Training Week participants £10.

  • Wednesday 27th July 2022 (optional practice day for all course attendees)

Adult powerboat training courses 2022

  • All courses run from 9am - 5pm.
  • Buoyancy aids can be provided.
  • More dates and courses for 2022 may follow depending on demand.
  • Course can be booked by WSC members through Loveadmin accounts.
  • Courses are available to non-members but will only be available to book one month prior to the date of the course and must be paid in full at the time of booking. Email: [email protected]

Further course details and booking forms can be found here.

Download a RYA powerboat summary of courses here.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (PBL2) (2 day course)

Cost: WSC members £100 and non-members £250.

Skill level: No previous experience required - you do not need to have passed PBL1 to sign up for this course. 

Members book through your membership Loveadmin account.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected].

  • Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022
  • Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2022

WSC Safety Boat (1 day course WSC members only)

Cost: Free 

Members book through your membership Loveadmin account.

PBL2 pre-requisite

  • Sunday 24th April 2022
  • Saturday 22nd October 2022

WSC Safety Boat refresher course (half day WSC members only)

WSC Tiller Steer Conversion (half day WSC members only)

  • Can be arranged on request

 

For more information, please contact

Sailing courses: Rupert Whelan (chief sailing instructor)
Powerboat and safety boat courses: Pete Bone (chief powerboat instructor)
Instructional opportunities and courses not listed: Tim Hopes (training principal)
For general enquiries: [email protected]