After an inevitable hiatus due to the pandemic, the club launched a new RYA training timetable at the beginning of the 2022 which features a combination of weekend training for adult beginners and week-long kids camps during the school holidays.
We are delighted that Tom Bull, who was the leader of the camps last summer, agreed to become the club’s Chief Instructor and also that Matty Key has joined the ranks of our RYA-qualified Dinghy Instructors. Matty is a great example of home-grown talent and we are actively looking to develop more youngsters along the same path this year.
The club has supported the new program, and also the club’s general sailing infrastructure which is available to all members, by making investments in refurbishing existing boats with the Laser 2000s and all Toppers having been updated and new sails purchased. Also, an additional, modern Wayfarer has been acquired which means that we now have two boat that are ideal for training and also for families and social sailors.
The adult courses are run on a single weekend, with trainees spending full days at the club; this has the added benefit that they can see the club in action during Junior Sailing, social sailing, and Sunday morning racing. The training is for RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses and enable trainees to reach the standard where they can sail without an instructor in a club boat. It is great that so many are now joining the club – please make them welcome and extend a helping hand if needed.
The kids camps will follow the same format as in previous years. As an innovation, we have trialled a camp during the Easter break which proved to be very successful and we look forward to welcoming many of those children to one of the summer camps too. While the focus of the weeks is on having fun, the children also earn on of the RYA Stages certificates.
The camps have had a very loyal following since they started in 2019 and we now have many youngsters who have gained Stage 4 or are close to it. Another innovation for 2022 is the addition of an Advanced Week camp where we will be looking at some of the RYAs Advanced Modules and pushing this more experienced group to really develop their skills.
Looking at the current level of bookings, the club will issue more than 100 RYA certificates this year. There are still a few places available on weekend courses and the summer camps (mainly the weeks of 22 and 29 August) so don’t delay if you would like to enrol for yourself or on behalf of someone else (non-members are welcome).
Tim Medcalf is coordinating the training programs and can be contacted via the contact form on the RYA Training page, by phone, or via Whatsapp.