RYA Courses

Training Programme 2020

Marine Radio Course

Friday / Saturday 6th/ 7th March

This course leads to an internationally recognised qualification giving the holder authority to use marine VHF radio equipment. The course follows the RYA / MCA syllabus and involves theoretical and practical sessions. There is a fee of £90 to cover expenses and the cost of the independent Assessor. Places are limited to eight people, and you have to be aged 16 or over.

Marine Radio Refresher Setting

Sunday 8th March at 1300hrs

This will be an informal session to help people refresh their radio procedures understanding and improve their radio operation practice. A very practical afternoon using specialist practice equipment – Open to all.

Simple Race & Race Box Organisation for Sailor and Officials

Thursday 26th March – 1900 – 2100hrs

This evening looks at how dinghy races are organised & managed and demonstrates the range of DSC facilities that are available to help club and open meeting races. This session is recommended for all members who intend helping with a Race Officer duty.

RYA Powerboat 2 Course

Friday 24th / Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th April

The course will follow the RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus helping to develop skills and understanding of Powerboat driving.  There are  sessions ashore but this is principally a practical programme afloat. Topics include safety boat preparation, launch and recovery,  boat handling, anchoring, towing, simple passage planning and emergency procedures. The course is recommended for all members doing DSC Safety boat duties. The course will be coupled with a mentoring scheme which will allow practice & consolidation of the PB skills as part of the DSC Duty rota – look at “Dutyman” for mentoring opportunities

A second Powerboat 2 Course will be arranged later in the season if there is sufficient interest and demand.

DSC Single-handed Classes – Race Training Day

Saturday 16th May – 1000 – 1700hrs

This Race Training day will be lead by experienced national level racers and open to toe-strap single-handed dinghies. Depending upon conditions and sailor’s requests; the programme could include better boat handling, sailing in waves, starting, mark rounding in a tideway and preparations for the Open Meeting on Sunday

Junior RIB Driving Course for the RYA PB level 1 Certificate

Saturday  30th May – 0930-1630hrs

This course will be specially available for our younger members (8-16 years.) It will be a practical day afloat and include boat preparation, simple boat handling & boat work, communication skills and emergency procedures. 

Learn to Sail Course for Children and Adults

Fri 5th & Sat 6th June / Fri 19th& Sat 20th June / Fri 3rd & Sat 4th July / Fri 10th July & Sat 11th July – Fridays 1830 – 2000hrs & Saturdays 0930 – 1630hrs

This programme is in three sections:-

For those children new to sailing and over the age of 7 – basic boating skills and an introduction to sailing, enabling them to have fun afloat. Whilst the course will follow the RYA Youth Sailing Level 1 syllabus, the training will be delivered informally and will include a number of fun activities. This programme will be largely in the single-handed Optimist & double-handed Feva dinghies. Friday evenings at DSC and the Saturdays at Redoubt SC  over the first 3 Saturdays

For children who have done our courses in earlier years – Red Racers – This programme will follow the RYA Youth Sailing Level 2 &/or 3 syllabi. The programme will be held in Tera, Topper and Feva dinghies. Friday evenings at DSC and the Saturdays at Redoubt SC  over the first 3 Saturdays

Adults – This introductory programme will follow the RYA Start Sailing level 1 and Basic Skills level 2 syllabi. A variety of boats will be used but mainly the double-handed Laser 2000 dinghy.  Friday evenings starting at 18:30 will be at Downs Sailing Club and will include sailing theory and preparation for the following day. The first three Saturday sessions starting 09:30 will take place on the sheltered waters of Redoubt Lakes, Hythe. The final Saturday starting at 09:30 will introduce everybody to the equipment and sailing on the sea at Downs SC.

 NB  Advanced Booking for this programme is essential

RYA Safety Boat Course ⊕

Fri 18th / Sat 19th / Sun 20th September

This programme will follow the RYA Safety Boat Course. It is particularly suited to holders of the Powerboat Level 2 Award who wish to enhance there rescue skills and boat handling. The programme will look at supporting racing with mark laying, the rescue of a variety of dinghies, canoes, & windsurfers and accompanying boats on a journey

Powerboat Mentoring Scheme

Throughout the season

The Mentoring Scheme will work in association with the routine Club Safety Cover Duty Rota. The Scheme is open to people who have recently done a PB2 Course and those who feel they are short on experience and/or confidence to manage a DSC duty as a Safety Boat driver. A Mentor per week will be arranged for one of the DSC duty sessions (this session would be one of the Mentors official duties for the season). The Mentor will be in a supporting role, not in a leading role, in that way the member would gain the maximum benefit by working with an experienced, knowledgeable and interested person. The Training Committee in conjunction with the Rota Manager and Chief Powerboat Instructor will manage the scheme.