Upper Thames Sailing Club



Easter Stage 1 -3 course


Upper Thames Sailing Club is an excellent safe place for young people to learn to sail with RYA qualified instructors.  The course will be sailed in Toppers and will follow the RYA Youth Sailing scheme and is ideal for young people who have done bits of sailing with parents and friends or have participated in Junior Bourne End Week.  This course leads on to stage 3 and 4 courses in the summer holidays.  It also will enable young people to take a fuller part in Saturday fun sailing and this year's  JBEW.


Youth Sailing Stage 1 & 2

At level 1 young people are introduced to the river and have basic understanding of how a boat sails and how to control it.  For those who make good progress level 2 skills will be taught tacking gybing understanding of the 5 essentials, capsize drill.  They will also have instruction in rigging, rules of the road, and wearing correct clothing.  The course has some theory and lots of practical on-the-water tuition and practice. 




Youth Sailing Stage 3

For those who already have completed stage 2 we hope to run an improver course as well covering the syllabus of stage 3.  This includes more advanced skills such as sail trim and achieving good boat speed preparing young people to take a full part in club activities.




RYA certificates will be awarded and are a significant achievement. Instructors sign off each skill as it is completed. Once completed, your certificate can be of use in other areas of your study such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.






Who are these courses for?

For  anyone under the age of 16, although at UTSC the younger age limit is at the discretion of the lead Instructor.  Non members are welcome to attend and will pay an additional £28 to cover temporary membership, refundable on joining the Club within 1 year..


When is the course?

29TH & 30TH March 2016 9:30am until 530pm at Upper Thames Sailing Club. 


How do I get on a course?

The cost of the course is £80 for two days.  Places are limited to a maximum of 12 so please book early  


Please complete the application form, medical consent from and send with a cheque to the training co-ordinator 


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