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Sailing School Courses

1. Weekend RYA Sailing School Level 1 and 2 Course

Open to WOSC members +16 years old and external candidates (subject to availability) 

The aim of this course is to teach a beginner to sail over two consecutive weekends achieving Level 1 and Level 2 RYA qualifications.

Times will be 9.30am to 5pm each day. There is a maximum of 9 students per course. 

This course is recommended for those over 16 years of age, though the minimum age is 14 years, for example, if taken with a parent. All young people under 16 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at all times.

All students will need to sign in at each session.

Course content

Level 1 - On this course, we start with the assumption that you have never been in a sailing boat before and by the end, you will be able to sail in light winds with an Instructor in the boat.

Level 2 - By the end of this course, you will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing, in light winds, without an Instructor on board.

You will receive four full days of instruction. Both the syllabus elements and the duration of training contribute to certification.

The course is conducted mainly in Wayfarers, but there may be opportunities to sail in other boats depending on progress and weather conditions. The course is led by a Senior Instructor and the ratio of instructors:participants is normally 1:3 but may be up to 1:6.

Not a WOSC member? Start sailing temporary membership: limited availability

If you want to try sailing, but not sure it's for you, then you can opt for temporary membership. This amazing offer gives you access to the club facilities until the following March, so that you can use club boats to further practice your sailing and even race! Once your temporary membership expires, you can apply for full club membership if places are available.

To help you get started, you'll need to take the RYA Level 1 and Level 2 course. Applications for temporary membership are taken on a first come first served basis basis so to check availability please contact the training secretary: training@wosc.org.uk.

The cost of temporary membership is £250 in total. This includes the RYA Level 1 and 2 course administration fee of £50 so there is no extra cost to taking the course and if you decide to join the club, your joining fee of £35 is also waived. 

Important note: You will be expected to comply with the conditions of membership which includes club duties a couple of times a year (see Membership pages for more details).

WOSC members

Booking is on a first come first served basis booked via the events calendar on the website.

This course attracts a £50 administration fee to cover expenses (fuel, certificates, biscuits).


On successful completion of the course, all qualifying candidates will receive RYA Level 1 and Level 2 certificates along with a logbook and 'Start Sailing' guide.


All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking. WOSC reserves the right to cancel any course or part thereof when conditions warrant, due to low take-up or adverse weather conditions. On the rare occasion that this is necessary, an alternative course will be offered or a full refund provided. No additional liability for compensation or expenses will be accepted.

Places which had been confirmed but which are cancelled by an applicant in writing or by e-mail to training@wosc.org.uk and received at the centre no less than 4 weeks prior to the course start date will result in a refund of the course less a 10% administration charge.

Cancellations by applicants received less than 4 weeks before the course start date will result in 50% of the course fee being forfeited or, if available, an alternative date for the course will be offered.

In the event of illness supported by a doctor’s certificate, the centre will refund 90% of the course fee. However, please note that any cancellations on or after the course start date for this reason will result in the full fee being forfeited. All cancellations must be in writing or by e-mail to training@wosc.org.uk.

Once payment has been received the course is only transferable to another person at the discretion of the centre.

2. Saturday Afternoon RYA Training for Adults and Juniors

Open to WOSC members only, aged 8+ years

This training is aimed at those that cannot commit to two consecutive weekends and would like to access training in a more flexible way as and when a student attends. Both adults and juniors of at least 8 years of age can take part.

All children under 16 years of age must have a parent/guardian at WOSC at all times and parents must sign in all children at each session and provide a contact mobile number.

All participants are required to sign in at every session.


Training is free, but contributions to the Martin Gibson Junior Sailing Fund are welcomed.

Course content

Adults will follow the Level 1 and 2 RYA syllabus and juniors the Youth Stage 1, 2 or 3 syllabus, depending on previous sailing experience. Those who already hold these qualifications can still take part in the training sessions.

You can attend as many or as few sessions as you want, but of course the more you attend the faster your progress will be. Each session lasts approximately 3 hours depending on conditions.

Also, if you want to apply for RYA certificates, there is a minimum course duration for each Level of 8 hours of instruction.

Start time is 13:00 and runs on till 16:00 or until the sun stops shining!


The session is led by a Senior Instructor with the required minimum RYA Instructor:participant ratios (see main Sailing School page for details). Adults will usually be in a Wayfarer, Firefly, Hartley or Laser. Children will be taught in Optimist, Topper, Firefly, Hartley, Laser and Wayfarer.


All students that wish to take part in ANY Saturday afternoon session need to book once at the beginning of the season. 

This allows us to track progress.

To book, you must first log in then go to events or to the training calendar tab at the top of this page, find the event, click on 'register' and follow the instructions. The booking notice will be dated 31st March.

Note that we must adhere to RYA Instructor:student ratios and safety boat:dinghy ratios so if the course is very busy groups may need to be rotated between boats and 'snack time'.

You will still need to sign in at the start of each session, otherwise your progress will not be logged.


All training will be logged and progress and attendance will be reviewed in September.

Those students who have reached the required standards for RYA Level 1 or 2 or Youth Stage 1, 2 or 3 will be informed by the Training Secretary.

If a student wishes to have a certificate, it can be issued at the cost that the RYA charge, but students are not obliged to apply for a certificate. As well as a certificate, students completing Youth Stage 1 or Level 1 (for adults) will be provided with a log book and 'Start Sailing' book for adults or ‘Go Sailing’ book for kids, again at the cost price.

3. Junior Sailing Week

Open to WOSC members only, aged 8 to 18 years

This week is designed to accommodate the absolute beginner to those who wish to access club racing. There is a maximum of 44 places available. All young people under 16 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at all times.

Course content

The RYA Youth Stage 1, 2 and 3 syllabus will be covered, depending on the students' abilities.

The course duration is 15-20 hours depending on conditions. As each level takes 8 hours, all three levels cannot be completed in the week, but skills acquired and hours of training undertaken can be added to those obtained by attendance at Saturday Afternoon RYA Training for Adults and Juniors.

The session is led by a Senior Instructor with the required minimum RYA Instructor:participant ratios (see main Sailing School page for details). Instructors will allocate groups based on previous sailing experience so students will not have to repeat Stages that they have already completed. The course will be conducted in Optimists, Toppers, Fireflys, Lasers, Hartleys and Wayfarers.


The week is free, though donations to the Martin Gibson Junior Sailing Fund are welcomed.


Notifications of the booking procedure will be announced in the What's on at WOSC newsletter and added to the Juniors pages of the website. An e-mail notification will also be sent to all members.

Please only apply if your child can attend the entire week.


Those that achieve the requirements for the Youth RYA Stage 1 and 2 or 3 syllabus can have a certificate issued at the cost the RYA charges, but students are not obliged to apply for a certificate. As well as a certificate, students will be provided with a log book and 'Go Sailing' book also at cost.

4. Powerboat Level 2 Course

Open to WOSC members only aged 16+

To facilitate the Patrol Boat cover for club racing a 2-day course resulting in a RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification is offered. This is free to candidates with certificates issued at club cost. Students will be added to the Patrol Boat rota for club duties. You must be 16 years of age for this course. Courses will be advertised and registration will be through the events page. If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact the Training Secretary using the following e-mail address: training@wosc.org.uk

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