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Saturday afternoon RYA junior and adult training WOSC Sailing School

  • 30/04/2022
  • 03/09/2022
  • 9 sessions
  • 30/04/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 21/05/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 28/05/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 18/06/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 25/06/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 09/07/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 06/08/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 20/08/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • 03/09/2022, 13:00 16:00 (BST)
  • WOSC


Please register on the events calendar see 31st March to attend all RYA junior and adult training with the WOSC Sailing School on Saturday afternoons.

You only need register once for all the dates for the year, but please look for covid updates as we all know things might change! Please make sure that when you come to sessions you sign in on the attendance sheet. Parents must stay on site for children under 16, and everyone should complete an emergency contact on the day sign up sheet.

Course syllabus

Junior courses (age 8 to 16 inclusive): Youth Stage 1, 2 and 3. Adult Level 1&2

Course dates, times and location

See calendar or programme for dates. Be ready to sail at 13:00 until 16:00 plus allow some time for putting the boats away and tidying up.

At WOSC. The club premises can be found at the end of an access road off the B4449 Stanton Harcourt to Hardwick road near Hardwick in Oxfordshire. The nearest Postcode for Sat Nav users is: OX29 5AG

Course fees

Training is provided free by RYA certified Instructors. However, donations to the Martin Gibson Junior Sailing Fund are encouraged and welcomed. This fund supports junior sailing at WOSC.

For bank transfers please use the reference MGJSF and the following details.


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Instructor: student ratios

These meet RYA requirements at a minimum, but there are usually more Instructors than this.

Type of boat

Crewed youth: Firefly, Optimist. Single handed youth: Optimist, Topper, Laser, Hartley 12. Crewed adult: Wayfarer. Single handed adult: Topper, Laser, Hartley 12.

Own boats can be used if agreed by the Senior Instructor in advance and need to have proof of insurance.

Equipment requirements

These requirements may have to be modified depending on the conditions at the time of the course.

  • ·       For the sailing courses, you must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing; you will not be tested on this, but you are expected to be confident enough in water, wearing a buoyancy aid, to participate in the capsize drill. 
  • ·       Please wear suitable clothing for the weather and assume that you will get wet, so bring a change of clothes. The water can be cold even in summer.
  • ·       Don’t forget sun cream, snacks and drinks.
  • ·       You must bring your own buoyancy aid for the Saturday Afternoon Training Sessions and Junior Sailing Week. 
  • ·       All participants must wear closed shoes that don't come off, i.e. no 'crocs', sandals or flip-flops. Old trainers or water/beach shoes are fine.
  • ·       You MUST declare any medical issues of relevance (see booking conditions) to the Training Secretary (training@wosc.org.uk) before participating in any training course at the time it is booked. Information on medical conditions will need to be passed on to Instructors so that they are better prepared to assist you should you be taken ill.
  • ·       If you have a medical condition that could potentially cause loss of consciousness or awareness, as well as informing the Training Secretary, you will need to use a life jacket that supports the head above the water, rather than a buoyancy aid. 
  • ·       It would be helpful for Instructors if parents could discuss any special or additional needs with the Training Secretary (training@wosc.org.uk) before participation in the course.
  • ·       Just a reminder that all children under 16 years of age must have a designated parent or guardian present on site at all times and who is contactable by mobile phone at all times during training.

Booking conditions

You must commit to come for all the sessions on the course.

Parents must stay on site at all times and provide an up to date contact number.

By registering for this course you are confirming that you agree with the booking conditions, available at: Sailing School

For more information email training@wosc.org.uk

By attending any training course as a participant or parent/guardian of a participant, I confirm that the participant:

1. Is able to swim 50 metres.

2. Agrees to abide by the West Oxfordshire Sailing Club rules and understands that insurance against personal accident and loss or damage to personal property is the responsibility of the participant.

3. That to the best of my knowledge, the participant does not suffer from epilepsy, disability, giddy spells, asthma, diabetes, angina, or other heart condition, and is fit to participate in the course or that I have declared any issues before booking a course to the Training Secretary (training@wosc.org.uk).

Note that a medical condition does not necessarily prevent participation in the course, but the Senior Instructor and supervising Instructors need to be aware of any medical problems for your safety.

4. Has read and agrees to the Code of Conduct for the WOSC Sailing School.

5. Has read and understands the RYA general guidance on the risk of Weil's disease when taking part in water-based sports found here: Leptospirosis and Weil's Disease

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