Sailing & Powerboat Courses

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 accredited 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.

If you are interested in learning to sail, please feel free to contact the WSC Training team training@whitefriarssc.org 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 in May when you can pop in and try the sport.

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.

RYA Training Centre

Sailing courses for 2020

All courses start at 9am.
More dates and courses for 2020 to follow
Further course details and booking forms can be found here

Sailing courses for 2020
3rd May Discover Sailing: Club Open Day  
31st May Sail Taster Day Book online
20th-21st June RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing Book online
     
  Sail Training Week  
27th-28 July RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing Book online
27th-28th July RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills Book online
29th July Consolidation/Practice Day (L2, L3, Seamanship )  
30th-31st July RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills Book online
30th-31st July RYA Level 3 - Better Sailing or Seamanship Book online
     
26th-27th Sept RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing Book online
26th-27th Sept RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills Book online
     
Download a RYA sailing summary of courses
 
Sailing course cost per person WSC members Non-members Federation Members

RYA Level 1 (2-day course)

£120 £165 £150

RYA Level 2 (2-day course)

£120 £165 £150

RYA Level 3 (2-day course)

£120 £165 £150

RYA Seamanship (2-day course)

£120 £165 £150
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.

Powerboat course dates 2020

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

 
Date Course Notes
28th-29th March RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
18th April WSC one-day safety boat course Book online
3rd-4th October RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
17th October 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) £120 £165 £150
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

All courses start at 9 am and generally finish by 5 pm.

Half day WSC Safety Boat refresher courses and Tiller-steer conversion can be arranged on request, in addition to dates posted on Facebook and calendar.   
 

Other Courses

Emergency First Aid at Work (QA Level 3 Award, Ofqual regulated)
(with additional elements to cover emergencies on the water)
 
Date Course Notes
tbc. First Aid Book online
GRP Boat Repair
Date Course Notes
23rd May GRP Boat Repair & Maintenance Book online
Laser Tuition
Date Course Notes
tbc. Laser Tuition Book online

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 more information, please contact

Sailing courses: Rupert Whelan (chief sailing instructor)
Powerboat and safety boat courses: Alistair Baird (chief powerboat instructor)
Instructional opportunities and courses not listed: Tim Hopes (training principal)
Bookings: Rosie Dalton rosiedalton@btinternet.com
For general enquiries email: training@whitefriarssc.org