2024 Training Courses

Training courses are available to book now, and can be done so online. We add new course dates throughout the year as courses get booked up.


To find out which courses are currently available for all ages and abilities, and to book online visit https://www.doveyyachtclub.org.uk/events_training.asp. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Please contact us if you would like more information or advice prior to booking on sailing@doveyyachtclub.org.uk 

The RYA courses we run include the following:


Youth Stage 1-4 
We are committed to getting as many people on the water as possible. RYA produce a useful guide to Youth sailing.  DYC offer Youth courses which follow the RYA youth syllabus and can be viewed HERE.
Start Sailing (Level 1)
Day One - Rigging, launch, recovery, wind awareness, sailing across the wind, turning(tacking)
Day Two - Stopping, sailing upwind and downwind, understands capsize recovery
Basic Skills (Level 2)
Day One -  Rigging according to weather, basic understanding of sail set, balance, trim, course made good,  and centreboard
Day Two - Rope work, demonstrate capsize recovery, basic racing
Better Sailing (Level 3) 
Day One - Practice and development of sailing techniques, effectively applying 5 essentials, race rules
Day Two -  Sailing theory, meteorology, use of different boats
Start Racing
all the skills required to start club Racing, including maximise boat speed and outwit your opponents.
Race Coaching
We also run race training weekends for aspirant racers.

Powerboat Courses

Powerboat Level 2
This course will introduce the newcomer to handling a fast planing power boat, including, boat and pre-launch checks, basic powerboat handling skills at both low and planning speed and how to plan a short coastal passage. This course is the minimum level required to drive a club powerboat. Training and assessment is generally carried out in the fast planning rigid-hull inflatable boats, but we will also use the tiller steered Sparfel boats. All participants must supply a passport sized photograph at the start of the course. Anyone successfully completing the course will receive the RYA Powerboat Level 2 (PB2) certificate.
Safety Boat
This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid). 


First Aid

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. This course is MCA approved and satisfies the requirements for Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster and Advanced Powerboat certificates of competence and some commercial work afloat. This course also covers Emergency first aid at work.


Marine Radio SRC Course and Exam (VHF) 

A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. 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 vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio either fixed or hand held.


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