At Papercourt we try to provide the courses that members request: complete beginners – both adult and children – seamanship, spinnaker, race training, race officer, and powerboat. Many of our young sailors have graduated to regional and national squads.
The RYA powerboat course is to promote a good standard of safety boat cover for our sailing.
For the established sailor there is training on Saturdays during the winter which takes the form of class specific race training organised by Class Captains. Click on the Supported Classes menu for details, or go to the Sailing Programmes menu.
We sponsor suitably qualified members to become RYA Instructors, who then contribute to our training courses and club racing coach courses at Papercourt.
Our qualified RYA Instructors are freely available and willing to help. If you would like more information about any aspect of our training, please email us.
RYA TRAINING 2021
*** Papercourt courses are only available for members ***
Our qualified Instructors are volunteer Club members giving their time for the benefit of fellow members.
We welcome all abilities to join our Club; our teaching/training courses cover beginners and established sailors.
The following courses are proposed to run, but the ability to hold any particular course at a particular time will depend on government restrictions. This page will be updated as and when courses can be arranged.
NEW Get Back In Your Boats – Refresher – Got soft sitting on the sofa instead of the sidedeck? For those who can already sail, but may have lost a bit of confidence or forgotten what they once knew. Help with rigging and launching, some on-land tacking and gybing, and some gentle on-water coaching. Single-handers or one household/bubble in two-handers.
Saturday, 3 April, 09:00.
No charge. Numbers limited. Email email@example.com.
NEW Junior and Youth Complete Beginners – For Optimist and Topper complete beginners. Minimum age eight years or reaching eight in 2021.
7 and 8 April. 10:00 to 15:00.
Price £40 per sailor. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org stating class of boat.
NEW Beginners+ Course – The need for social distancing means we cannot put instructors in boats with students. So this is for those who would feel confident to sail alone with instructors in safety boats alongside, or those who have had a little sailing experience but really need to start again from the beginning.
Sunday afternoons, 18 April to 6 May.
Price £60. Numbers limited. Email email@example.com.
NEW ‘Start to Race’ Training – Very basic – learn how to start a race at Papercourt, what the flags mean and a few simple rules.
One Saturday morning. 22 May, 10 July, 7 August and 4 September.
No charge but email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
NEW Adult Beginners Course – For complete beginners; hopefully with instructors in the boats with students by then.
Saturday mornings, 26 June to 24 July.
Price TBC. Numbers limited. Email email@example.com to get on the waiting list.
NEW ‘Carry On Sailing’ – Participants should have at least an adult RYA Level 2 qualification to benefit from this course.
Monday evenings 21 and 28 June and 12 and 19 July.
Price £40. Numbers limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org before 6 June for an application form.
NEW RYA Summer Course – Five days of sailing, Monday to Friday, for adults only. 2-6 August.
Price £120. Numbers limited. Email email@example.com.
NEW Dinghy Instructor Courses – Five days, weeks commencing 9 and 16 August.
Participants must be aged at least 16 at the commencement of the course. They will also require an RYA Level 2 Powerboat certificate and an acceptable current First Aid certificate; and must pass the pre-assessment.
Five days, usually Monday to Friday, plus a pre-assessment date.
We also normally run the following courses during the year. The extent to which any of them run in 2021 will depend on government restrictions and demand. This page will be updated as and when courses can be arranged.
RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course – Members must be 16 years or over. Practical course for those wishing to learn how to drive a powerboat. This qualification is required to helm a powerboat at Papercourt.
One evening of theory followed by two practical days. There are usually two or three courses during the year, depending on demand.
2020 price, £50. Numbers limited.
RYA Assistant Instructor Course – For aspiring instructors or those wanting to get some insight into the requirements and role of a Dinghy Instructor.
One evening followed by two days. Minimum age 14. Applicants should have RYA Level 4 sailing ability.
RYA Levels 1 and 2 – For adult beginners.
Usually from late April to late June. Theory on Wednesday evenings and practical sessions on Saturday mornings.
2020 price, £120. Numbers limited. May be held later in the year.
Junior ‘Start to Sail’ Course – A two day appetiser for junior beginners.
Usually Wednesday and Thursday of May half-term holiday.
2020 price, £48. Numbers limited.
Adult ‘Start to Sail’ Course, RYA Level 1 – An introduction for adults to get you on the water and able to sail a boat around a course.
Usually two weekdays in late May.
2020 price, £48. _________________________________________________________________________________________
RYA First Aid Course
One day at various times during the year depending on need and demand. Instructors and Assistant Instructors free; other members £10 (2020) . _________________________________________________________________________________________
Two Day Summer Sailing Camps for Junior and Youth Members – Mondays and Tuesdays from 09:30 to 16:00 each day on dates in July and August.