Royal Yachting Association Training Centre

3rd Chalkwell Bay is recognised by the Royal Yachting Association (the national governing body for sailing and motor boating in the UK) as a training centre. This means that we can teach, assess and award certificates of competence in dinghy sailing and power boating. This allows us to combine the teaching of the  Scout Association’s nautical skills & sailing badges with nationally recognised qualifications.

The RYA Establishment is operated within The Den by a team of professionally trained & qualified sailing and power boating instructors, all of whom are volunteers.

Throughout the year we run a variety of courses, the current training calendar is at the bottom of this page, and you can book a place on a course here.

We can run the following RYA courses for our members:

  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 1
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 2
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 3
  • Youth Scheme – Start Sailing Stage 4
  • Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing
  • Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills
  • Dinghy Seamanship Skills
  • Dinghy Sailing with Spinnakers
  • Dinghy Day Sailing
  • Powerboat Level 1
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Safety Boat
  • First Aid

The Dinghy Fleet

The following RYA Courses are running this year:

RYA Sailing Stage 1&2
Sep 28 @ 10:00 – Sep 29 @ 16:00

Start sailing
Learn a basic understanding of how a boat sailing, with some experience of steering and handling the boat. By the end of the course you will have learnt a range of sailing skills and knowledge to help in becoming a confident sailor.

Duration: 2 Days. Attendance on both days is required to complete the course.

Cost: £15. This is to cover the RYA youth sailing logbook, certificate and safety boat fuel. (This is much less than cost price). The instructors are volunteers and are not paid.

Booking: Click the Tickets link above or see for more details and to book a place on this course.

Full details on timings and what to bring will be sent before the course. Contact if you have any further questions.

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