We offer a wide range of courses.

For Adult Sailors we offer a complete programme of courses from learning to sail right through to racing and performance sailing. If you’ve done some sailing before but just need a hand to get going again then we run a ‘Back on the Water’ clinic, which does what it says on the tin!

Members are encourage to attend our on-shore sessions for Sailwave, Racing Rules and First Aid.

Volunteer Opportuntity

All our Instructors, Committee Members, Duty Crews are volunteers

As you progress through your sailing career you to will have opportunities to become Instructors (Assistant, Dinghy and Powerboat).

As a member of HSC you also have access to the Powerboat 2 and Safety Boat qualifications, which help keep our members safe on the water.

Junior Training

Junior sailors follow the RYA Stage 1-4 Training Scheme, and quickly get into racing. Apart from the certified courses our Youths and Juniors meet regularly on Sunday mornings for youth coaching, and are welcome to join in the Sunday races.

Many of our younger sailors join the RYA Zone Squads and Development Squads and take part (and win) National events.

Training Courses

You can make sailing what you want it to be – relaxing or high-adrenaline, sociable or secluded, on sheltered inland waters or on the open sea. Sailing is one of the most rewarding, healthy, outdoor activities you can take part in.
Sailing teaches youngsters self-reliance, inspires confidence and sociability. Sailing offers families the opportunity to have fun together, or to grab single-handed escapism from time to time!
On-Board is ideally suited to school groups and teaches children to sail over 4 sessions, while our Taster sessions are for young and old, and give an experience of sailing.

Course Course Type Duration Users Link
Tuesday Taster Starter One evening session Child/youth/adult more
Back on the Water Beginner/Improver 6 evening sessions Youth/adult more
Adult 'Go Sailing' Beginner/Improver Saturday PM Adult more
Ladies Fun Day All levels One Saturday Adult more
Junior Start Sailing Starter 2 day course Child more
Youth Sailing Week All youth levels 3 days (summer) Child/youth more
Youth Windsurfing (not RYA Accredited) All youth levels 2 days Child/Youth more
RYA Dinghy Level 1 Starter 2 days Youth/Adult more
RYA Dinghy Level 2 Beginner 2 days Youth/Adult more
RYA Dinghy Level 3 Improver 2 days Youth/Adult more
RYA Powerboat level 2 Beginner 2 days Youth/Adult more
RYA Safety Boat Beginner/level2 2 days Youth/Adult more
Dinghy Seamanship Skills Experienced 2 days Adult more
Dinghy Start Racing Improver 2 days Adult more
Sailing with Spinnakers Experienced 2 days Adult more
Duty Officer (Race) Experienced One Saturday Adult more
Duty Officer (non-race) N/A 4 hours Adult more
Sailwave Training N/A One evening All more
RYA First Aid N/A 1 day Youth/Adult more
Racing Rules Evening N/A 1 evening All more

Training Course (Sailing) - Essential Information

Bookings - Courses and sessions should be booked and paid via our online booking system. Using the approprate page in WebCollect will also tell you the number of places available. For Dinghy courses the fee includes the certificate, logbook and handbooks where appropriate. Non-members are welcome subject to available places. Adult courses are open to anyone over the age of 12 years.

Information - There is a contact person for each section should you require further information. See relevant page. However, if you do have a general query please contact Alison Linnel who is our Training Principal.

Medical form – When the booking process is completed you will be given a form in which you can detail any medical conditions and emergency contacts. This form should be given to the supervising instructor on the first day of the course, and will be returned upon completion.

What to Bring

Food & Drink - Hot drinks will be available to buy from the galley. Saturday:- You will need to bring your own lunch. Sunday:- There should be normal galley staff on duty. You can order hot food before 10:30 or you can bring your own.

Equipment - Buoyancy aids and splash tops can be provided if required.

Course numbers - Please note that all courses require a minimum number of participants for them to run. In this unlikely event, we will provide a refund or offer an alternative suitable date.

Attendance – All courses are normally 9.30-16.30 unless otherwise agreed. Please be changed and ready by 0930. Do not underestimate how long it takes to get changed.

Security - Please make use of our secure lockers for your valuables (room for phones, wallet, purses etc). Clothes can be left on the benches.

Bad weather – We will always do our best to run the course, so if it’s raining or just general bad weather, the course will go-ahead. However we do reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course.

Safety – As a recognised training centre we comply with all standards set out by the RYA. While sailing is a safe sport everything in life has an element of risk. We ask for your co-operation in complying with our club safety policy and listen to your instructors as they are here for your safety as well as helping to improve your sailing.