Courses Offered

Bolton Sailing Club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre.

The Club aims to provide the opportunity for members of all ages and abilities to become proficient at the sport of sailing and powerboating and runs training courses to support that aim.

All courses are managed by suitably qualified staff following the RYA National Sailing Scheme, using appropriate equipment and safety back-up.

Use the “Learn to Sail” menu to see more details and the booking form.

Please contact training@sail.org.uk if you are interested in attending one of these courses.

Introduction to Sailing

Bolton Sailing Club offers the following free events to introduce members of the public to sailing:

  • Push The Boat Out – Have a go in a sailing boat with an experienced sailor.
  • Taste of Sailing – Have a go in a sailing boat with an experienced sailor.

Adult Dinghy Courses

The Club provides adult dinghy courses for club members which are recognised by the RYA:

  • RYA Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing.
  • RYA Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills.
  • RYA Dinghy Level 3 – Better Sailing.
  • RYA Seamanship Skills.
  • RYA Sailing With Spinnakers.

Other adult dinghy courses with external trainers may also be hosted by Bolton Sailing Club and other venues throughout the Northwest:

  • RYA Start, Intermediate and Advanced Racing.

Youth Dinghy Courses

The Club provides adult dinghy courses for club members which are recognised by the RYA:

  • RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1.
  • RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 2.
  • RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 (equivalent to RYA Dinghy Level 2).
  • RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 4.

Powerboat Courses

The Club also runs powerboat courses for club members which are recognised by the RYA:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 1 – Start Powerboating.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 – Powerboat Handling.
  • RYA Safety Boat.

Shorebased Courses

Shorebased courses for club members which are recognised by the RYA include:

  • RYA First Aid (classroom).
  • RYA Safe & Fun Safeguarding (online course).
  • RYA Disability Awareness (classroom).
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (classroom).

Instructor Training

Bolton Sailing Club runs the following instructor training course to develop the practical and coaching skills of club members:

  • RYA Assistant Instructor.

Other instructor courses with external trainers may also be hosted by Bolton Sailing Club and other venues throughout the Northwest:

  • RYA Dinghy Instructor.
  • RYA Racing Coach Level 2.
  • RYA Senior (Dinghy) Instructor.
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor.

 Paying For a Course at Bolton SC

Payments should be made ASAP in advance of the course.

Payments can be made with cash, cheque (please write on the back of the cheque the title of the course), or BACS transfer:

  • Bank: HSBC
  • Account name: Bolton Sailing Club
  • Account number: 5222 2485
  • Sort code: 40-12-25
  • Reference: Title of course (e.g. Adult L1&2, PB L1&2, Seamanship,…)

Cancellation Policy

No place will be confirmed on courses held at Bolton Sailing Club until payment of the course fee has been received. 25% of all course fees are non-refundable if you drop out.

You understand that the Co-ordinator of an event held at Bolton Sailing Club may cancel or postpone the event at any stage in the case of bad weather, equipment failure or otherwise. Under such circumstances the event will either be re-arranged or the course fee refunded.

 Risk Statement

It must be recognised that sailing and powerboating are by nature unpredictable sports and therefore inherently involve an element of risk. By taking part, you agree and acknowledge that:

  • You are aware there is an inherent element of risk involved in watersports and you accept responsibility for exposing yourself to such inherent risk whilst taking part.
  • You will comply at all times with the instructions of the instructor and/or skipper of the boat particularly with regard to instructions for boarding and leaving the boat and/or launching and recovery, using the equipment on the boat and handling sails, wearing of buoyancy aids, lifejackets and the wearing of suitable clothing in particular footwear for the conditions.
  • You accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss caused by your own negligence.
  • You will not participate whilst your ability to take part is impaired by alcohol, drugs or whilst otherwise unfit to participate.
  • You are aware that the provision of supervision by the instructors is limited to such assistance, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
  • You agree to abide by the Rules, Bylaws and Regulations of Bolton Sailing Club (http://sail-org-uk.stackstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CRBR.pdf).
  • You understand that insurance against personal accident and loss or damage to personal property is your responsibility.