Learning to Sail
RYA Level 1 & 2 Dinghy Sailing Course
Suitable for beginners, this course covers the basics of sailing including rigging and launching the boat, sailing in all directions, capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. You will need to attend all of the sessions of a course to be eligible to gain the RYA qualification.
RYA level 1&2 courses are run for members from time to time at Bough Beech Sailing Club (a course fee normally applies).
We can also recommend the following local external organisations who can provide this course:
Improving Your Sailing
Bough Beech Ultimate Leisure Sailors (BBULS)
BBULS Saturday afternoons: 15 May – 24 Nov 2018 (except August) 1pm for rigging and changing 2-4 pm on the water
Members can join the Saturday BBULS sessions for informal practice and training to develop their skills with the help and advice of our volunteer RYA qualified instructors. Suitable for those who have completed RYA level 1&2 or equivalent experience. These sessions aim to develop your sailing skills and gain experience to help you become a confident leisure sailor or get ready to start racing. Sailing is usually in the club’s RS Qubas, Laser Picos or Wayfarers but you are also welcome to use your own boat. Lunches can be ordered from the clubhouse galley before 11am.
Cost £5 per session for members using a club boat
No charge for members using their own boat
Please bring a completed registration and medical form to your first session
Novice Racing Series: Sundays at 2pm June & July 2018 (except 24 June)
Start racing with our special novice racing series or alternatively come and join in with the normal club racing. Sunday afternoon club races are generally quieter than the morning races and are a good place to start. Crewing with a more experienced helm in a double handed boat is also a useful way to pick up on tactics. Members also get together and organise informal non-competitive short course racing on Saturdays.
Club Boats may be hired by members to compete in racing events at the club.
Suitable Sailing Clothing
Wetsuits or drysuits are recommended for most months of the year, and compulsory from November to April. Additional fleecy layers, gloves + woolly /fleecy hats also recommended in the colder months.
Some sources for dinghy sailing clothing suppliers:
Decathlon (stores at Surrey Quays, Lakeside, Crawley, Purley Way and Brighton)
Ocean Leisure (store at Embankment)
The Dinghy Show held in March at Alexandra Palace is a good place to search for clothing (show bargins to be had)
Power Boat Courses
RYA Level 2 powerboat courses are run at Bough Beech Sailing Club. A course fee normally applies.
The club also runs its own training course for safety boat skippers.
First Aid Courses
A one day RYA first aid course is run from time to time. A course fee normally applies.
Dinghy Instructor Training
RYA Dinghy Instructor courses are run at Bough Beech Sailing Club from time to time. Participants will need to have completed the first aid course and power boat level 2 before undertaking the instructor training. A course fee normally applies.
Club members can also receive a 20% discount on the dinghy instrutor course available at Rockley Point Centre, Poole Harbour, if booked through the club.