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 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.

If you are interested in learning to sail, please feel free to contact 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 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 2019

All courses start at 9am.
More dates and courses for 2019 to follow
Further course details and booking forms can be found here

Sailing courses for 2019
23rd/24th March Assistant Instructor  
12th May Push the Boat Out: Club Open Day  
1st/2nd June RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing Book online
22nd/23rd June RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills Book online
29th/30th July RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills Book online
31st July Consolidation Day ( L2 and Seamanship ) Book online
1st/2nd August RYA Level 1 - Basic Skills RYA Level 2 - Seamanship Book online

Powerboat course dates 2019

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

Date Course Notes
16th/17th March RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
30th March WSC one-day safety boat course Book online
21st/22nd Sept RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
12th 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
* Includes Severn District Sea Cadets

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: