Sailing & 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 are also able to offer training 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.

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 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 aim to have an Open Day when we are able to safely run this within guidelines so that you can pop in and try the sport. Please keep an eye on the Club news web page for announcements.

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

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

The courses will be run in line with current Covid-19 guidance from the Government roadmap and advice from the RYA so changes may be necessary.

RYA Training Centre

Training courses for 2021

All courses start at 9am. Buoyancy aids and boats are provided.
More dates and courses for 2021 to follow
Further course details and booking forms can be found here

7th-17th April

Return to Sailing Supervised Sailing
Coaching may be booked through Training

Contact [email protected]

24th July

Training week

Contact [email protected]
Download a RYA sailing summary of courses
Sailing course cost per person WSC members Non-members Federation Members

RYA Level 1 (2-day course)

£100 £165 £145

RYA Level 2 (2-day course)

£100 £165 £145

RYA Level 3 (2-day course)

£100 £165 £145

RYA Seamanship (2-day course)

£100 £165 £145

Powerboat courses 2021

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

Date Course Notes
1st May SO skills refresher -Bookable slots for qualified SOs Book online
19th-20th June RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
17th July WSC one-day safety boat course Book online
tba 1/2 day SO refresher courses. Enquire through [email protected]
2nd-3rd October RYA Powerboat Level 2 Book online
9th 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) £100 £165 £145
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 £145

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.

Course can be booked online through the Club LoveAdmin 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)
For general enquiries email: [email protected]