Tamesis Club

RYA Training

Welcome to Tamesis Club’s RYA Training Centre!

Our 2022 training program has two focus areas.  The first is to provide high quality sailing and watersports holiday camps, including tuition for one of the RYA’s Stages or Advanced modules, for children aged 8 to 15. The second is to run weekend training courses for adults who are in the early stages of their sailing careers and are interested to complete RYA Levels 1 and 2.

A little more detail, including costs and dates, is provided below; if you are interested in finding out more and making a booking, please contact Tim Medcalf at the club via the contact form at the bottom of this page (please include your phone number) or on 07768 018972.

Holiday Camps for children aged eight to 15

By way of an introduction, here is some feedback from parents whose children enjoyed five days at our 2022 Easter sailing camp:

  • ‘I just wanted to say a very big thank you to you and the training team for the sailing course last week.  My daughter had a fantastic time!  This is the third club she has been to and I have to say it has been by far the best. Your interaction with the kids and thoughtfulness has really impressed me.  Also not only did my daughter improve her sailing but she had a ball while doing it!  The key to kids learning!’
  • ‘A big thank you to you and your team for yet another week of great sailing.   As I mentioned at the beginning, both boys were a bit reticent about the week and completely tired from a term of school, but your course has energised both of them and given them oodles of confidence in their sailing ability.  Thanks so much to you all for your nurturing, encouraging and fun approach.’
  • ‘Our boys had a great time with you all and think learnt a lot so thank you for everything you did for them. We would love to book them on a summer camp too.’

The primary objective for our holiday camps is to have great fun on the river; while the youngsters will gain an RYA qualification, build their self-reliance, make new friends, and come home worn out each day, our overriding ambition is for them to have simply had great fun.

The camps are week-long and run from 08.30 to 18.00 each day, so are a true ‘drop off’ activity, which is obviously a benefit for working parents.

Aside from the formal RYA tuition, the children will also play wide games, go on adventures, learn knots, build rafts and so on.  They will be busy all the time!

We welcome total beginners on all camps apart from our ‘Advanced Week’, and the club has a supply of buoyancy aids (a recommended kit list will be provided as part of the registration and joining pack).

We have a highly experienced, professional, energetic and youthful training team.  A unique feature is that our camps are quite small (a maximum of 15 children each week in 2022) but we have a large training team; this means that your children will enjoy a high degree of one-to-one supervision and coaching.

All activity is run within the club’s RYA approved operating standards and supported by our fleet of powered safety boats.

The dates and availability (last updated 19 May) for 2022 are:

4 – 8 April: all abilities – completed

1 -5 August: all abilities – full

8 – 12 August: all abilities – full

15 – 19 August ‘Advanced Week’: children who already have RYA Stage 4, or are seeking RYA Stage 4 – 1 place left

22 – 26 August: all abilities – 5 places left

29 August – 2 September: all abilities 6 places left

The cost per person per week is £360.

Adult Training

Here is some feedback from attendees at our first courses in 2022:

  • ‘Thanks for a great weekend, really helpful, learnt a lot and very enjoyable.’
  • ‘I would like to thank you and the club for all the work you put into running the course, and for the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone thinking of taking up sailing.’
  • ‘The trainers on the course were great. I liked the way we had land-based training which was then affirmed with actual water-based training. The trainers were very knowledgeable and friendly.’
  • ‘Overall I had a great time. I’m looking forward to the level 2 course that I have booked onto. I would highly recommend anyone to do the Level 1 course at Tamesis Sailing Club.’

Our approach is to provide high quality tuition to small groups of beginners over the course of a single weekend; you will be at the club for at least eight hours each day.  Training will take place with three students being coached by one instructor; this high level of personal contact will ensure that students are able to develop and achieve the course objectives.

We are offering training for the RYA’s Level 1 and Level 2 certificates.  These qualifications will give you the skills and confidence to set-up, launch, and sail a dinghy on your own; Tamesis Club has more than 20 boats that are free for members to use and we hope that students who are non-members will join the club so they can take advantage of this resource and practise the skills they have acquired on a course.

The dates and availability (last update 10 May) for 2022 are:

2 – 3 April (Level 1) – completed

9 – 10 April (Level 1) – completed

16 – 17 April (Level 1) – completed

7 – 8 May (Level 2) – completed

4 – 5 June (Level 2) – 2 places left

18 – 19 June (Level 1) – full

2 – 3 July (Level 1 and Level 2) – full

8 – 9 October (Level 1) – >3 places left

The cost per person per course is £250.


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