Christchurch Sailing Club Training
Welcome to the Christchurch Sailing
RYA Training 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 for the Club members.
Non-members are most welcome
too. 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.
Our courses follow the
RYA National Powerboat Scheme and are suitable for watersports
enthusiasts wanting to improve their knowledge and skills whist driving
small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports
boats and small yachts.
Our practical courses are complimented with
shorebased training in Navigation, Marine
VHF Radio and First Aid. 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.
Christchurch Sailing Club uses the following boats for
16 ft Pioneer Dory with 40hp Outboard Mariner engine
Raider Ribs with 50hp Outboard Mariner engines X2
Diesel Launches with 25hp Inboard Volvo engines X2
Newmatics with 25hp Outboard Mariner engines X214ft
RS Quest Sailing
Dinghy with auxiliary electric outboard motor
The Training Programme
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
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 1 day. Course
members are introduced to everyday boat handling skills and the use of
essential safety equipment. This course is suitable for complete
beginners with no previous boating experience aged 14 years +.
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 with some
knowledge of boating and previous experience in driving small powerboats
aged 16 years +.
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.
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. When applying
for this course you will need at least two full seasons of driving
powerboats and must have already completed
RYA Level 2 powerboat training.
Powerboat Refresher Courses
These sessions can be provided on demand for
club members who have already completed any of the above courses and
wish to practice skills learnt to increase their confidence using the
International Certificate of Competence (
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 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. This exam can be
organised on an individual basis at anytime, please contact the sailing
club for further details.
CSC Assistant Skipper Course
Similar in content to the
RYA Competent Crew this
CSC training course will cover safety, seamanship and
helmsmanship to a level required to be a useful member of a cruising
yacht. Ideal for non sailing partners wanting to gain confidence in the
everyday running of their boat, topics covered will include ropework,
man overboard procedures, use of emergency equipment, basic boat
handling skills and an introduction to chart based navigation.
Adult Dinghy Training Courses
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.)
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, please contact the
sailing club for further details
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 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.
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 3 weekends, a minimum of 6 course members will be
required to make training viable.
Booking a Course
Dates, further details and an application form for the training courses
to be run at Christchurch Sailing Club can be found below/
If you need further details about training please contact the
office 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 send it to Christchurch
Sailing Club with the appropriate payment.
You can also book on-line click on Book Online & raining in the menu bar.
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
Fees are payable in full on booking.
Training Programme 2021.pdf
CSC-Training-Course-Application-Form(1) Revised Dec 2019