Tamesis Club

RYA Training

Welcome to the Tamesis RYA Training Page!

Come and try sailing at our beautiful family-oriented clubhouse in its unique River Thames setting. Since 2015 we have trained students from age 8 to adult for more than 70 Sailing certificates and almost 100 First Aid certificates. We have a corps of around a dozen Instructors and Assistants with a wealth of experience in all kinds of craft, ready to help you achieve RYA qualifications – and have fun in the process 🙂

Training is provided for members, and non-members have a great discount offer on membership when they sign up for training. Naturally we hope students will stay on and keep sailing with us – which many do. We sail all the year round. We are proud that a number of Olympic and Championship sailors learned their basic skills at Tamesis. Competent dinghy sailors are also always welcome in offshore sailing – we are happy to advise on how to progress and members have access to offshore sailing through our link with the BBC Yacht Club. The club has its own ample car parking and is near to bus and rail transport.

We are an RYA “OnBoard” club entitling us to offer games period sailing to local schools.

Get in touch now!


Malcolm Warner, Principal Tamesis Club RYA RTC


Our Courses

Please click on any course below for details including a Course Plan


Dinghies – Chief Dinghy Instructor Eric Finlayson

Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing

Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills

Dinghy Level 3 – Better Sailing

Dinghy Seamanship Skills

Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers

Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 1

Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 2

Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 3

Youth Sailing Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 4

Start Racing


Club patrol boat certificate (not RYA – teaches members launching and handling of club patrol boats, use of VHF etc., to assist members on patrol boat duty for club races) – normal duration less than one day – there is no fee for this course – please apply here.


First Aid

The RYA First Aid course is widely accepted as basic First Aid training applicable to home, work, public as well as marine environments. The certificate lasts 3 years. Courses are normally available during Autumn and Spring on fixed dates – for dates, booking and fees please get in touch using our contact form here.

First Aid Course Plan


Fees for RYA courses

Except as noted below, courses are priced at £110 for members.

*Non-members are required to join the club before starting a course, and have a special offer of a reduced initial membership fee and a waiver of the normal joining fee when a membership application is simultaneous with a course application.

Fees for the PB1 course are £50.
Fees for the First Aid course are £50 – a £10 surcharge is made for non-members but members’ applications have priority until a given cut-off date.


Course Bookings and enquiries