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Welcome to the Christchurch Sailing Club Training page.

Dates, further details and an application form for the training courses to be run at Christchurch Sailing Club can be found on the downloads page.

Our focus is on fun, safe and inspiring training which is affordable to our Club members. Christchurch Sailing Club is a RYA Training Centre with a team of qualified Instructors running a wide range of RYA courses from March to November. Members and non-members are welcome. Our training programme is designed to introduce new people to water sports and to help existing sailors and power boat drivers improve their skills. The emphasis is on fun; we teach because we enjoy it, and we hope you will too.

We teach to the RYA's National Powerboat Scheme which is for those wanting to drive small, open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches. The scheme comprises of a series of practical courses which can be complemented by navigation, VHF, first aid and other support courses.

You can enter the scheme at any level, provided that you have the relevant experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with us before booking your course.

The Fleet

Christchurch Sailing Club uses the following boats for training:
1 x 16 ft Pioneer dory with 40hp outboard Mariner engine
2 x 4.8m Raider RIBs with 50hp outboard Mariner engines
2 x 17ft displacement diesel launches with 25hp inboard engines

1 x 14ft RS-Quest sailing dinghy with auxiliary electric outboard motor

The Training Programme
Below you will find details of the courses that can be provided by the training department.
We are able to provide tuition to suit individual and group needs in a wide variety of water and shore-based training. If you can not see what you need below please do not hesitate to contact the CSC sailing office to discus your training needs.

RYA Level 1 Powerboat Course
This short introductory course aims to deliver the basics of fun, safe boat handling over one day. Course members are introduced to everyday boat handling skills and the use of essential safety equipment. This course is suitable for complete beginners aged over 14 years with no previous boating experien

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course (Displacement)
This comprehensive two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat safely; it is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. The course will be taken in displacement craft and will cover training in collision avoidance, close quarters boat handling and navigation theory. This course is suitable for Club members, aged over 16, with some knowledge of boating and previous experience in driving small powerboats.

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Endorsement (Planing)
This is a one-day endorsement course for Club members who have already completed the two day RYA Level 2 displacement powerboat course. The focus of this course will be the driving of planing craft in coastal waters with an emphasis on improving close quarters boat handling, high speed manoeuvres and man overboard recovery skills.

RYA Safety Boat Course
A two-day course providing the skills required when acting as an escort craft skipper or coach boat driver for a fleet of dinghies. Course content includes training in a wide range of rescue techniques and is suitable for members wishing to gain confidence in providing safety cover for sailing activities at the Club. Candidates applying for the course will need at least two full seasons of driving powerboats and must have already completed RYA Level 2 powerboat training in both displacement and planing craft and have a current qualification in first aid.

Powerboat Refresher Courses
These will be provided on demand for Club members who have already completed any of the above courses and wish to practise skills learnt to increase their confidence using the Club boats. Sessions will last approx three hours and be held on evenings during the summer months.

Adult dinghy training

CSC RYA Instructors offer dinghy sailing coaching for adult CSC members at all levels of proficiency: beginners, improvers, advanced techniques and racing. Training can be conducted in club dinghies or using members own boats. Adult dinghy training printed tri-fold leaflets are available on the CSC bar, an electronic version is also available here.

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
Going abroad? If you want to drive a boat outside the UK, you are likely to need certification, often in the form of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC can be included as part of the practical elements of the RYA Level 2 course or, for experienced skippers without formal qualifications, a direct assessment can be undertaken to provide evidence of your competence to qualify for the ICC. These can be organised directly through the Club. This qualification can be organised on an individual basis at anytime. Please contact the Sailing Club if you require further details.

A short, multiple-choice exam, this qualification is a requirement for navigation on most inland European waters. Preparation for the test is essential so contact the training dept. for details. The CEVNI Test certificate is needed to complete the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). This exam can be organised on an individual basis at anytime. Please contact the Sailing Club for further details.

RYA First Aid Course
This is a one-day course covering all the first aid subjects but from a boating perspective. This course is suitable for anyone who goes afloat and no previous experience is needed. This course can be organised on an small group basis at anytime, so please contact the Club for further details.

RYA Marine Radio Course (SRC)
This is a one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand held VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessels.

Basic Navigation and Theory course
This course provides an introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty sailors. Use of charts, tidal and weather information to plan short passages in local waters will form the basis for this course. No previous experience is necessary.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

This course is for any sailor wishing to further their knowledge of navigation, safety, weather and passage planning. It provides a progression from the Basic Navigation and Theory Course and aims to ultimately lead students onto the RYA Yacht master qualification. The course is 40 hours in total and will be run over 8 evenings of 2 ½ hours and 2 Saturdays of 8 hours.

RYA Diesel Engine Course
This is a one-day course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure. Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic. Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you do not need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

More Information can be found from the RYA Website

Booking a Course

Dates, further details and an application form for the training courses to be run at Christchurch Sailing Club can be found on the documents page.

If you need further details about training needs please contact the office,
E-Mail CSC or call us on 01202 483150 during week day mornings.

Once you have selected your course date(s), download and complete the application and medical declaration form and post it to Christchurch Sailing Club with the appropriate payment. We strongly advise postal customers to telephone to check availability first. Alternatively, you can book in person at the Sailing Club office during normal office hours, excluding weekends. Fees are payable in full on booking.

Last updated 21:08 on 12 October 2019

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