Adult Dinghy Courses

Bolton Sailing Club is a recognised  training centre of the Royal Yachting Association.

Please contact training@sail.org.uk if you are interested in attending one of the courses being held at Bolton SC.

Once you’ve passed, please send a copy of your certificate to training@sail.org.uk so that the Bolton Sailing Club training records can be kept up-to-date.

 

RYA Dinghy Level 1 (Start Sailing)

RYA Dinghy Level 1 teaches you how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering.

Assumed Knowledge:                   None.

Eligibility:                                       Minimum 16 years old.

Venue:                                           Bolton SC.

Course Fee (BSC members):        £20.

Course Fee (non-members):         £20 + BSC joining fee + BSC membership fee.

Course duration:                            Modular – Time equivalent to 2 days.

Course Dates:                                Most Saturday mornings between 18 Aug & 25 Nov.

                                                       See the Events Calendar on the website, http://sail-org-uk.stackstaging.com/events/calendar/

 

RYA Dinghy Level 2 (Basic Skills)

RYA Dinghy Level 2 teaches you how to rig the boat, launch it and sail in all directions. You will also learn capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.

Assumed Knowledge:                  None.

Eligibility:                                       Minimum 16 years old.

Venue:                                           Bolton SC.

Course Fee (BSC members):        £65.

Course Fee (non-members):         £65 + BSC joining fee + BSC membership fee.

Course duration:                           Modular – Time equivalent to 2 days.

Course Dates:                               Most Saturday mornings between 18 Aug & 25 Nov.

                                                       See the Events Calendar on the website, http://sail-org-uk.stackstaging.com/events/calendar/

 

RYA Dinghy Level 3 (Better Sailing), Seamanship & Sailing with Spinnakers

This is three courses rolled into one.

RYA Dinghy Level 3 will give you more confidence in your sailing skills and develops advanced techniques with a range of tasters from the advanced modules.

Seamanship is one of the advanced modules. It covers launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard and anchoring.

Sailing with spinnakers is another one of the advanced modules. It covers rigging the boat, gybing and recovering one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric (but if you talk nicely to the instructors they might be persuaded to cover both types!). It also covers how to sail the best possible course downwind.

Assumed Knowledge:                   RYA Dinghy Level 2 and can competently sail around a course in moderate conditions.

Eligibility:                                       Minimum 16 years old.

Course duration:                           TBC but probably 6 days (or equivalent if done over several evenings).

Dates:                                            Please contact training@sail.org.uk if you are interested.

                                                      Which dates and times (evenings or weekends) are best for you?

Venue:                                           Bolton SC.

Course Fee:                                   £150 (tbc).

 

RYA Dinghy Level 3 (Better Sailing)

If you can’t do the course on offer at Bolton Sailing Club, you could try elsewhere, but it’ll cost you more!

Assumed Knowledge:                  RYA Dinghy Level 2.

Eligibility:                                      Minimum 16 years old.

Course duration:                          2 days.

Dates:                                          9 & 10 Jun, 28 & 29 Jul, 18 & 19 Aug, 1 & 2 Sept, 6 & 7 Oct.

Venue:                                          Plas Menai (0300 300 3112).

Course Fee:                                 £190.

 

Assistant Instructor + Seamanship

Seamanship is one of the advanced modules. It is necessary to qulaify on one or more advanced modules to become an Assistant Instructor so we are offering this module as part of the course. Seamanship covers launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard and anchoring.

We need Assistant Instructors to support our Dinghy Instructors and Senior Instructors during training and coaching events at the club.

Assistant Instructor training can also be used as the first step on the ladder to becoming a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor.

The course covers basic teaching principles, club procedures and specific training in any unfamiliar equipment (see RYA book G14).

Candidates will be assessed on their teaching ability with beginners.

After the course you will be qualified to teach up to RYA Dinghy Level 2 or RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 under the supervision of a Senior Instructor.

As your AI training is limited to assisting qualified instructors and does not include first aid or powerboat handling, you will not be allowed to work without direct supervision of a Senior Instructor.

 

If you can’t do the course on offer at Bolton Sailing Club, you could try elsewhere, but it’ll cost you more!

The following courses are just the Seamanship module (Assistant Instructor training not included!)

Assumed Knowledge:                    Can competently sail around a course in moderate conditions.

Eligibility:                                        Minimum 16 years old.

Course duration:                            2 days.

Dates:                                             7 & 8 Apr, 16 & 17 Jun, 21 & 22 Jul, 4, 5, 25 & 26 Aug, 29 & 30 Sep.

Venue:                                            Plas Menai (0300 300 3112)..

Course Fee:                                   £190.

 

RYA Sailing With Spinnakers

Sailing with spinnakers is one of the advanced modules. It covers rigging the boat, gybing and recovering one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric (but if you talk nicely to the instructors they might be persuaded to cover both types!). It also covers how to sail the best possible course downwind.

If you can’t do the course on offer at Bolton Sailing Club, you could try elsewhere, but it’ll cost you more!

Assumed Knowledge:                    Can competently sail around a course in moderate conditions.

Eligibility:                                        Minimum 16 years old.

Course duration:                            2 days.

Dates:                                             21 & 22 Apr, 30 Jun & 1 Jul, 11 & 12 Aug, 15 & 16 Sep, 13 & 14 Oct.

Venue:                                            Plas Menai (0300 300 3112).

Course Fee:                                   £190.

 

What to Bring

Warm weather:

Wetsuit, swimwear, sailing gloves and dinghy boots if you have them. Once you get into summer sailing this is the sort of gear you will want to wear. Alternatively, a windproof and waterproof spray top, swimwear, tight fitting gardening gloves, trainers and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Even on a hot day, the water temperature will be cold and the wind can have a chilling effect especially if you get wet. Insect repellent, sunglasses, suncream and a hat are also a good idea.

Cold weather:

More substantial windproof and waterproof clothing, boots and a warm hat. Several layers of breathable clothing layers are better than one thick layer. If it is very cold you might want to wear a drysuit or a 5mm wetsuit/steamer.

Bring a towel and a change of clothing to wear after the training.

Bring a packed lunch too.

 

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.