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13 Week RYA Youth Sailing Course - CANCELLED FOR 2020

The RDYC welcomes new (and not so new) juniors and their families to experience the many activities the club has to offer in an environment second to none. The ever-popular RYA Junior Sailing Programme kicks off with a Taster Day on Saturday April 18. Also on this day we encourage as many volunteers to come along to help get all the boats ready for the start of the season, with the full 13-week programme starting on Saturday April 25 and continuing to Saturday July 18.

Getting boats ready

Course Details

Every Saturday morning between April and July, juniors aged 9 to 16 descend on the club where the terrace becomes a hive of activity. Whatever your ability or experience, sailing in the beautiful River Dart offers something for everyone from complete beginners to future Olympians. The RDYC junior section boasts some formidable sailors, including Nick Hutton and Henry Bomby, who often return to where it all started for them.

The training follows the RYA syllabus and with a fully qualified and dedicated team of volunteers, the juniors gain the skills they need to become competent on the water. Each week the instructors sign off skills as the juniors learn.

Stage Course Description
Stage 1 A basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat
Stage 2 A range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor
Stage 3 Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Equivalent to Level 2 in the National Sailing Scheme
Stage 4 Sail a double handed boat as crew or helm, and solve a variety of problems afloat
RDYC Stage 5 Each year one of these options is chosen by the instructor to teach:
Seamanship Skills - How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat, or
Day Sailing - Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising, or
Sailing with Spinnakers - Everything you need to know about sailing with conventional or asymmetric spinnakers

Once all stages are complete, they are offered the opportunity to train as an Assistant Instructor (AI) and hopefully come back year on year to help with the beginners. Last year over 40 juniors completed varying stages of the scheme.

The RDYC has a fleet of over 50 dinghies for all ages and abilities. Last year the new RS Quests were added to the fleet. This is a 14ft dinghy and is large enough for up to four people so the perfect start for those brand new to sailing who want to gain confidence with an instructor in the boat with them.

After a mornings instruction on and off the water, families are encouraged to enjoy the Club , perhaps a drink at the bar (including great food from the bar menu), whilst ‘Cheesy Chips’ are always a big hit with the hungry sailors.

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In order to get the Junior Sailing off to a good start, all parents and juniors are invited to the Club on 20th March at 1830 (in the Quarter Deck). This will be an opportunity to meet old and new friends, chat to the instructors and find out how to get involved during the Saturday sailing season. Saturday morning sailing is run entirely by Club volunteers so please be prepared to come along to as many sessions you can manage Saturday to help with the various tasks needed to ensure a fun and safe environment for your child’s sailing.


Experience a 'Taster' Session & Ready the Boats

The junior season starts with a Taster Day on the 18th April, for those who perhaps have never been in a dinghy to ‘see what it’s all about’ and to whet the appetite for sailing and allow our RYA approved instructors to assess abilities and ensure the new sailors are placed in the correct training group.

Click here for more details and to Register Interest for the Taster Day.

Click here if you would like more information about helping to 'Ready the Boats'. This is held on the same morning as the Taster Day.

How to Join the 13 Week Course

Junior Sailing at the RDYC is a great place to meet new friends (for the parents too!) and as history has proved, lifelong friendships are made. Parents, grandparents, and carers are encouraged to get involved - whether volunteering on the water, the pontoon or on dry land, help is always welcome.

To join the 13 week JS Programme is a simple two step process;

  1. Click here to download the application form for the 13 Week RYA Youth Sailing Course course, and
  2. Click here to Make a Booking and payment online.

For Junior Sailors who have previously completed the 13 week programme and want to develop their Instructor skills;

  1. Click here to download the application form for the RYA Assistant Instructor Course, and
  2. Click here to Make a Booking and payment online.
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Important Safety Information

Click here for our Student Guide that includes important Safety Information and details of what to wear and what to bring on the day.

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