BSC Adult Training
Bosham Sailing Club provides high quality dinghy, powerboat and shorebased training for all ages and abilities, run from our stunning location at Bosham Quay. We are an RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC) which means that we operate in compliance with the conditions set down by the national governing body (Royal Yachting Association). The Principal and Chief Instructor of the Bosham Sailing Club RTC is our sailing manager, Mike Storey.
RYA recognition means that all of our sailing courses and training are run by qualified staff, trained by the RYA to provide a required standard of tuition, following the relevant syllabi, using appropriate well-maintained equipment with suitable safety support and with approved instructor:student ratios.
Our adult training is for ages 16 and older and follows the RYA adult pathway from beginners to advance performance sailors. Click here for a downloadable leaflet or see details below. Our RYA courses are open to members and non-members and can be viewed via our website calendar or booked directly online here.
Course fees include use of BSC training boats, and approved buoyancy aids if required. Other equipment such as wetsuits and spray tops are not provided but can be acquired cheaply. The RYA Adult Sailing logbook is included for Level 1 students or can be purchased from BSC
Please note that whatever the weather conditions throw at us we always endeavour to allow students to achieve the standard required for each RYA level, but in some circumstances this just isn't possible.
RYA Adult Dinghy Level 1 - Start Sailng
This two-day course is a great introduction to dinghy sailing for beginners with no experience of sailing. The course focuses on how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering. At the end of the course successful students should be able to sail in light winds under supervision. We teach this primarily in single-handed dinghies with a maximum student to instructor ratio of 6:1 but we can run up to a 3:1 session in the club Bahias.
RYA Adult Dinghy Level 2 - Basic Skills
Level 2 is the minimum standard required to be able to hire club boats.
This two-day course builds on the foundations of Level 1. The course includes rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge is also included. By the end of this course you'll be a competent sailor in light winds, able to sail confidently on all points of sail and make appropriate decisions in good conditions. We teach this primarily in single-handed dinghies with a maximum student to instructor ratio of 6:1.
RYA Adult Dinghy Level 3 - Better Sailing
Improve your sailing, consolidate skills and try new ones in a variety of conditions. The two-day course offers coaching to develop the skills learned during previous levels, including crewing and helming and more advanced sailing techniques. Successful students will be more confident in their independent sailing ability and ready to progress onto the advanced modules. We teach this course in the club Bahias with a maximum student to instructor ratio of 9:1.
Personal tuition sessions are available for up to three students per instructor in one booking. Suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced sailors, we can tailor the session to your requirements and use either club boats or your own boat. We schedule these sessions to take advantage of favourable tides to maximise time on the water.
These sessions are perfect as a refresher before undertaking your next RYA level or as a direct assessment working towards an RYA level. It is usually possible to cover a full RYA level in three PT sessions.
For any questions relating to PTs, please contact BSC Training.
RYA Start Racing
Gain the confidence, basic skills and knowledge to participate in dinghy racing, covering topics such as starting, improved tacking and gybing, maximising boat speed, mark rounding, tactics and an understanding of the racing rules. At the end of the two-day course, successful sailors will be well placed to able to compete in club racing. You'll need to be at least at RYA Level 2 standard to benefit from this course.
RYA Club Racing
This where a club sailor/racer can get a bit more serious. Taught by a qualified RYA Race Coach with 8 hours on-the water tuition, this course builds the boat-handling, speed and knowledge required to develop and execute a strategic race plan based on the conditions.The course is designed to build on current basic racing skills, helping to improve the key principles of starting, line bias and the first beat; stopping and hovering; roll tacks and gybes; adapting the rig and sail settings. Participants should have RYA Start Racing or some club race experience.
RYA Seamanship Skills
This course will fully develop your doublehander sailing skills by focusing on manoeuvres and seamanship decisions. You'll gain the knowledge and confidence to handle a wide range of situations and decisions afloat. Manoeuvres include launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, sailing backwards, sailing with no rudder or centreboard, anchoring, reefing afloat, recovery of a man overboard and being towed. Prior to attending this course you should have comfortably mastered the skills learnt on the Level 3 sailing courses.
RYA Day SailingA chance to explore the Harbour. Learn how to prepare and plan for a day cruise in a dinghy, including equipment, safety, pilotage and decision making in adverse conditions. Successful students will have a confident, safe approach to planning and executing a day sail. You'll need to have mastered your Level 3 skills, and before cruising idependently be able to carry out the Seamanship Skills manoeuvres.
Last updated 11:45 on 13 July 2023